NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30: Melissa Navia attends the Paramount+'s "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds" Season 1 New York Premiere at AMC Lincoln Square Theater on April 30, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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Why Lt. Erica
Ortegas From Star
Trek: Strange New
Worlds Looks
So Familiar

On "Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” Lieutenant Erica Ortegas, the Enterprise's helmsman, played by Melissa Navia, has been diligently working since 2011. Navia starred in the independent film "Love Eterne," about a woman coping with the emotional trauma of her fiancée's passing, which was later retitled "Love Eterne Mourning."

Love Eterne

Navia worked on "Common Charges," a web series that follows the tenants of an apartment complex in NYC. The show was built on several intersecting improvised performances and was awarded Best Acting In A Web Series by The Hollywood & Vine Film Festival.

Common Charges

Navia also starred in the low-budget horror film "The Chosen," which follows a man attempting to save his niece from a demon. Navia plays Sabrina, a character whose entire purpose is to dump exposition on the protagonist as ominously as possible, which she does, very successfully.

 The Chosen

In "Hymns," another low-budget movie, Navia plays one of three women stuck in isolation during a time of war. The film ends as mysteriously as it begins and never pretends that providing the viewer with any sense of understanding was the intent.

Navia was featured in two episodes of "Bull" as a young hacker who helps solve a digital mystery. With "Star Trek: Strange New World" getting another season soon, though, her time in the spotlight will continue to grow and, hopefully, so will her career.