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Cutie redhead Scarlett stars as "Kyra Hart" on The WB's comedy series "Reba." Named for the Gone With the Wind heroine, Scarlett began her career at the age of 3, appearing in Michael Jackson's video Heal the World. Since then, she has appeared in over 40 commercials and guest-starred in several television shows, including Providence, Judging Amy and Touched By an Angel. At age 5, she landed her first feature film role as Suzi Barrett in The Babysitter's Club. More films followed with roles in Happy Texas, Mighty Joe Young, Slappy and the Stinkers, Geppetto and the Julia Roberts hit Erin Brockovich. Scarlett also spent six weeks in Australia filming the television movie A Ring of Endless Light. Scarlett has received five Young Artist Awards, including a 1999 award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Star Trek: Voyager. Scarlett loves animals and has a dog named Elvis and a horse named Salem. In addition to acting, she is pursuing a singing career, enjoys reading, practicing yoga, taking dance classes, surfing, skiing, horseback riding and taking karate lessons. Scarlett was born on November 28, 1988, in California.
More fun facts about Scarlett Pomers
Birth name: Scarlett Noel Pomers
Height 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Has won five Young Artist Awards: one each for her roles in Star Trek Voyager, Slappy and the Stinkers, Happy Texas, Touched by an Angel, and the Baby-Sitters Club. She has also been nominated twice for her role on Reba.
Has appeared in over forty TV commercials.
Provides the voice of Sarah Pratchett in the Christian radio series "Adventures in Odyssey."
Enjoys singing and in addition to currently working on her own CD, Scarlett has lent her voice to the soundtracks of Happy Texas and Geppetto.
Plays the electric guitar and drums
Has been in a twizzler commercial
Was a huge Sailor Moon fan
Loves Star Trek: Voyager
Enjoys horseback riding.
The youngest recurring character on Star Trek: Voyager and the second youngest recurring character in the entire franchise.
Originally supplied a voice-over for an Star Trek: Voyager episode called "Nemesis" before appearing as Naomi Wildman later in the season.
Best friend is her co-star from Slappy and the Stinkers, Travis Tedford.
Is a professional level vocalist
Mother: Michelle, Sibling: half-brother, Shane
Her personal quotes:
"It's going to be one of my favorites I think!" - on "Survival Instinct".
"She was so nice and very pretty. She has a great smile." - speaking of Julia Roberts
"[It was] a lot of work, but a lot of fun." -on making Gepetto
"I get asked how long the make up takes a lot, and the answer is ten minutes."
"I think I'm kind of like her, because she really likes to learn." -speaking of her character, Naomi.
"It originally wasn't going to be a recurring role, but then they turned it into one."
"One time I got fan mail that was from Africa. It's really neat."
"It was fun - I did a lot of screaming." - on riding the bathtub in Slappy and the Stinkers
"The first time my mom and I went to the studio for a costume fitting, I saw a Ferengi. I saw a Klingon. I saw all these other aliens, and I would stop and say to the actors, 'Can I look at your makeup for a seond? This is so cool!".
"Everyone's really nice and they don't treat me too much like a kid."
"Everybody likes him. He always makes me laugh every time we are on the set. He's always cracking jokes." - on Ethan "Johnny" Phillips
"I hope to be on the show for as long as it goes."
"It was very exciting, especially when I saw the inside of their soundstates for the first time. I sat in Captain Janeway's chair on the bridge and I read all the little labels on the different control displays. They write funny things on them and then make them look like real controls."
"My favorite make-up man Jim, does them [the Ktarian horns], and he tells me jokes and lets me eat his jelly-bellies even before lunch (sorry mom)."
"I wanted to cry in the scene in "Once Upon A Time" when Neelix was telling Naomi about losing his family."
"My make up doesn't bother me at all."
Art of Being: Scarlett Pomers
Dancing Queen: "I love to dance. Mostly I do tap and jazz and I also take a hip-hop class on a regular basis. I also like dancing in clubs, but I just turned thirteen and there aren't a lot of places out there that allow people my age inside."
Frankly... I Don't Give a Hoot?: "My mom chose my first name from her all-time favorite movie Gone With The Wind. I don't mind. I consider myself an original, but it is kind of funny, because people will come up to me and prompt me with famous lines from the movie. The most common one is the Clark Gable line, but I never say it myself because I don't believe in cursing."
All That Glitters: "My nickname on the set [of Reba] is Sparklet. I'm addicted to things that sparkle like nail polishes and jeans that have glitter all over them."
Dear Diary: "If I could be anyone in the world right now I'd want to be Reba. She is so incredible. I think it would be amazing just to experience what it is like to have the kind of lifestyle where one day you're on the set of your TV show and the next day you're getting an award at The Country Music Awards. I don't think there's anything she cannot do."
Scarlett Pomers, The Youngest Astronaut:
Voyager's Naomi Wildman Already Reaches For the Stars
She's only eleven years old, but Scarlett Pomers has already been acting for more than half of her life. As Naomi Wildman on Star Trek Voyager, she's the youngest recurring character on a Trek series since Jake Sisko, though her character is even younger: a quick-maturing half-Ktarian, Naomi is only three, born after the nearly two-year pregnancy of her mother Samantha Wildman.
Viewers hadn't seen much evidence of Voyager's only child since her birth, so it was a delightful surprise to many when Pomers turned up this season in half a dozen episodes. Unlike precocious genius Wesley Crusher from The Next Generation or sophisticated teenager Jake from Deep Space Nine, Naomi is very much a kid - her first adventure took place mostly in a holographic fairy tale simulation, and in later episodes she taught Seven of Nine to play games. She's not all that afraid of the Borg, but she's quite fearful that if Voyager gets home, it might break up the only family she's ever known.
Executive producer Brannon Braga - who called Pomers "a great actress" in the May issue of Star Trek:The Magazine - has hinted that a homecoming might happen as early as the first episode next season. Pomers has already been asked to come back when shooting resumes after the spring hiatus. The young actress herself wouldn't mind the ship returning to the Alpha Quadrant, because she wants to play a Klingon...though the hours of prosthetic makeup required for that species contrasts markedly with the ten minutes it takes to put Ktarian spikes on her head.
"I get asked how long the makeup takes a lot, and the answer is ten minutes," Pomers noted last week after completing work on Voyager's season finale. Unlike actor Ethan Phillips, who has to arrive at the set between 3 and 5 a.m. to get Neelix's prosthetics put on and who suffers under the sweltering lights, Pomers barely remembers that her own makeup is there. "Sometimes I go to scratch my forehead, and I'm like, 'Auugh! Oops!' They have to paint it a little bit to make it look white on the base, so then they have to fix it."
The initial script for the episode "Once Upon a Time" gave her little warning about what to expect. "The first part where she's running through the holodeck, it said, 'Naomi Wildman, a Ktarian, runs through the forest on a path.' And we were like, 'Ktarian? What's that?'" She found out the first time she saw her face in the makeup. "The first time I saw myself on Voyager, I said, 'Oh my god, that's me! EEEE!'" Viewers still don't know much about Naomi's father's species - nor about the man himself - but if Voyager reaches home next season, that could change.
Alien appearances aside, the young actress said she relates to her character. "I think I'm kind of like her, because she really likes to learn." While Pomers isn't as interested in science as the Ktarian girl, she adds that she has learned a lot from the series technobabble and from Naomi: "She's really smart."
Pomers did not watch Voyager before her casting call, but her older brother was a fan. "When we found out that I had an audition, we watched it one time, and I really liked it - I thought it was cool how they had the computer talking." She also noticed last season's most prominent character. "It was one about Seven of Nine, and I thought she was cool because my brother told me all about the Borg."
Though she names Kate Mulgrew and Ethan Phillips as her favorite people to work with on the series - unsurprisingly, Captain Janeway is her favorite character - Naomi Wildman's prominent scenes have involved the Doctor and Seven of Nine. Though the little girl was initially terrified of the ex-Borg, she opened up to her in "Infinite Regress" and went to Captain Janeway with a plan to save Seven in "Dark Frontier" which ended up being close to the one used to track the Borg Queen's ship. Of Naomi's ability to march into the captain's ready room with suggestions, Pomers said, "That's really fun."
She's the only kid on the series, but Pomers noted that doesn't bother her, "because the adults on Voyager don't treat me like, 'Oh, a kid, go away!' or anything. That's cool!" Jeri Ryan described her young co-star as "such a little professional it's unbelievable...she holds her own for the big guys." Pomers' co-star in "Once Upon a Time" was Wallace Langham of The Larry Sanders Show and Veronica's Closet, but Pomers' mother Michelle Galvin laughed that her young daughter wouldn't have known who he was even without all the blue makeup.
A California native, Pomers names Voyager as her favorite role thus far and said she was initially sad after filming "Once Upon a Time" because she didn't think she would be appearing on the series again. "It originally wasn't going to be a recurring role, but then they turned it into one," she reported. "I said, 'Mom, I miss Voyager!' And then I came back on 'Infinite Regress.'"
Now she's a fixture in the Star Trek universe, having won a Young Artist Award for best performance in a drama series in a supporting role (her fourth win out of four nominations), and she's beginning to attend conventions. "It's really funny because you go there and there's so many people that love Star Trek," she observed. "One time I got fan mail that was from Africa. It's really neat." She did not stay long at Grand Slam in Pasadena this year - she attended as Garrett Wang's guest - because she was mobbed in the halls, but she and her family are traveling to several east coast venues during hiatus.
Pomers also has her own official web site [http://surf.to/pomers] and an unofficial club on Yahoo founded by a twelve-year-old fan. "She made this web site that is really adorable; it's called 'Naomi's Journal,' she writes day to day as if she was Naomi, what actually happened in the episodes Naomi is in - it's the cutest thing," said Galvin, who authorized the official web site and supplies it with pictures. Pomers herself reads various Trek message boards and e-mails friends online.
Though she has not yet gotten to do any stunts on Voyager, she was in a movie called Slappy and the Stinkers which required her to ride with four boys inside a bathtub on a flume and stop short before the bottom. "It was fun - I did a lot of screaming!" she recalled, adding that when she watches that movie now, "it's kind of for younger kids, and I go, 'Oh, god, that's so silly!'"
In a more serious role, she appeared on UPN's Seven Days last week as the hostage of disgruntled veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome. "I get gassed and blown up in a subway tunnel - they have to come back and save me and my friends on a field trip." Pomers has never played a villain, "but I think it would be fun to! I have played brats before." When she heard that someone was making a Tomb Raider movie, she was sorry she was not old enough to play Lara Croft, but she'd settle for making an appearance from the other realm on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
Her fantasy role, however, would be a remake of National Velvet. A rider for many years, Pomers has a thoroughbred named Salem and nurses dreams of competing in the Olympics. "I haven't ridden in awhile because it's kind of been busy, but we found a good teacher at an equestrian center so we're going to see him tomorrow," she reported. She takes voice lessons from a church choir director and studies dance, but regular school hours get tricky. "I used to be home-schooled, but I might go to a school they've made for kids that are in acting - it's only four hours, so it's a professional school."
A professional since she was barely three, Pomers' mother found her an agent who got her a role in a Michael Jackson video before the girl was old enough to know who Jackson was. Then she did a voiceover for a squirrel in a Smokey the Bear commercial. Currently visible in television ads for Polaroid and Campbell's Soup, she recently did voice work for Carrie in Baby Geniuses.
Pomers also appears in Happy, Texas, the hit of this year's Sundance Film Festival which was snapped up by Miramax and will open later this year. "I play Jency Polk - she cries a lot," explained the actress. "She does a flaming baton trick and sometimes she burns everything down!"
"We just saw it; it's really pretty hilarious, and she has a pretty goofy role in it," added her mother. "The child that she plays wants to be the perfect little pageant girl in this small town where pageants are everything, and her talent is twirling these flaming batons, but she keeps setting everything on fire - you always hear the sirens going because Jency's burning down another building. It's the funniest thing."
Last week Pomers was planning to work on the soundtrack for the new Disney Geppetto, in which she might also appear on camera. "Certain times of the year are really busy," added Galvin. "She's actually up for three movies right now and we're hoping she gets one because it will give her something to do over the summer besides just classes and lolling around. Summer is such a dead time, it's nice to have a movie to work on for a few weeks."
Named for the heroine of Gone With the Wind - her brother Shane was named for the hero of the cowboy movie - Scarlett Pomers can foresee college in her future, but she already knows what she wants to study: "Acting is something that I want to do until I'm too old to do it." Star Trek has made opportunities available to her such as signing autographs for charity at a Ronald McDonald camp benefit, and she's likely to receive convention invitations for some time to come.
How does she feel about that legacy? "They said that I might get a collector card, but I'm not sure about an action figure," she reported hopefully. Naomi Wildman's going to be fine when her ship comes in.
Celeb Spotlight on Scarlett Pomers
She's worked with the likes of Julia Roberts and Reba McEntire, and guest-starred on That's Life, Providence, Touched by an Angel and Judging Amy. She's only 13, but Scarlett Pomers can hang with the best of them. After three years on Star Trek: Voyager, she's evolved as Kyra on WB's Friday night hit Reba.
By Alicia Clott
Girls' Life: What's it like working with Reba?
Scarlett: Reba's really cool. She's very down to earth and nice to be around. She sets the tone, and the crew doesn't curse when she's around. She has very good manners while you're around her.
What have you learned from being on Reba?
No matter what happens, make the best of whatever situation you are in. Reba's daughter is pregnant and going through a divorce, but she still works hard for the family. It's very admirable.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have an older brother who is 24, and we like a lot of the same stuff. Most people get jealous of us because siblings fight, and we don't. We saw Lord of The Rings three times together.
Do you guys sing on the set at all?
Reba likes to sing around the set and we mostly just goof around. Actually she gives me advice because I'm a singer too.
You're part of such a dysfunctional TV family. How would you handle the situation if it was reality?
I would try to be like Reba's character—deal with it, try not to lose my temper, keep myself busy, like take soccer or yoga or karate.
What part did you have in Michael Jackson's "Heal the World" video?
I barely remember it. I was running down the street with other children.
Did you see Michael?
No, I wish.
If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
I would sing with Busta Rhymes because I really like him. My brother and I listen to him. He's clever and a good lyricist. Acting wise, I would work with someone who's focused, like Elijah Wood. He's very into it and very focused. He has a wide range of roles.
What type of music do you sing?
I like all music, but I like hip-hop and punk rock. I like to sing R&B jazzy blues stuff.
What's the best concert you've been to?
Janet Jackson is an awesome dancer with awesome sets and costumes. I think Christina Aguilera is cool because it's all about her amazing singing. It's all about the songs and good choreography.
What's your most embarrassing moment?
It was when the audience was on set watching us tape a show. There was a trash can near the seats. I went to throw my gum away and stumbled over some wires. The audience people were right there watching.