Could you play Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon — but, you know, with no Bacon, just characters with numerical values as names?
Don’t remember the game? It's the one in which players try to connect various actors and actresses to actor Kevin Bacon in six steps or less. As an example, my personal Bacon number is three. I was an uncredited zombie in The Dead Next Door, which starred Michael Todd, who was in Da Vinci’s War with James Russo, who starred in Black Mass with Kevin Bacon.
Recently, I was taking a break from work with other pop-culture geeks. Separate conversations brought up #StarTrek’s Seven of Nine, played by actress Jeri Ryan, and #StrangerThings’ Eleven, brought to life by actress Millie Bobby Brown.
Cue the 7-11 jokes, right?
"What if you went into a 7-11 and Seven and Eleven were behind the counter?"
"They would only stock the place with Eggos!"
"And you couldn’t resist buying them!"
(If you laughed, congratulations. You'd fit right in with my coworkers and me.)
Bad jokes aside, the conversation made me wonder if Ryan and Brown ever worked together. They haven't, yet — which makes you hope Stranger Things casts Ryan as Eleven’s mother, biological or otherwise — but let's give the Kevin Bacon game a go and try to get from Seven to Eleven!
Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) was in Two and a Half Men...
After her stint as converted Borg Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager, actress Jeri Ryan took on a number (sorry) of roles. She was Ronnie Cooke on Boston Public and Tara Cole on Leverage. And she was a regular guest star on a number of television shows, including the once-popular CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. In the episode, "Nice to Meet You Walden Schmidt," Ryan played Sherri, an ex-girlfriend of Charlie Sheen’s character, Charlie Harper, in attendance at his funeral. Also in attendance?
...with Number Six (Tricia Helfer), who was in Tron: Uprising with...
Tricia Helfer also played an ex-girlfriend of Charlie Harper in that episode of Two and a Half Men. Helfer is well-known for her role as Number Six, one of the deadly humanoid Cylons on SyFy's remake of #BattlestarGalactica.
In 2010, Helfer lent her voice to the animated continuation of Tron: Legacy, titled Tron: Uprising. In the episode "Identity," Helfer portrayed The Grid, giving voice to the world in which the lead characters lived.
Devine’s voice work includes the character Pizza Steve from the Cartoon Network series Uncle Grandpa. Pizza Steve shows up in an episode titled "Space Emperor." And that Space Emperor — Emperor Krell — is played by Tim Blaney. Fans of ‘80s sci-fi films will recognize Blaney’s voice as...
... Johnny Five (Tim Blaney), who was in Modern Family with...
Blaney is best known as the voice of Johnny Five, the sentient and lovable robot star of the ‘80s cult classic Short Circuit and its sequel. Most recently, Blaney portrayed Frank the Pug in Men in Black and its sequels. But his true profession is puppeteering. He’s worked as a utility puppeteer with the Muppets for decades.
Oh, and this will feel a bit circuitous, but let’s step back to that episode of Uncle Grandpa that Blaney shared with Adam Devine. Turns out, Devine starred as Andy in an episode of Modern Family titled "Closet? You’ll Love It!" In that 2015 episode, producers needed a young actress to play the daughter of Cam and Mitchell’s arch-nemesis. That role belonged to...
...Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown)
Look! We did it! Seven degrees of Eleven! 7-11!
Twelve-year-old Millie Bobby Brown is the breakout star of Netflix’s Stranger Things. On the show, Brown portrays Eleven, a girl with psychokinetic abilities who escapes from a secret government organization. Before her role as El, Brown starred as Madison O’Donnell in the BBC America drama, Intruders. She’ll also appear in the upcoming Godzilla: King of Monsters. Season 2 of Stranger Things debuts in October 2017.
And before someone points it out in the comments section below, yes, I know you can connect Ryan and Brown in two steps (Ryan was in an episode of NCIS with Emily Wickersham, who also starred in an episode of NCIS with Brown), but that would make for a really short article and a lot less fun!
Can you think of any other characters with number names who can connect to Seven or Eleven in six steps or less?