Visiting Kentucky makes Erin Cahill, the actress best known for her work on Power Rangers, nostalgic for her hometown of Stafford, Va. The food, people and weather all conjure positive memories.
That, plus getting the rare opportunity to have “a little family reunion” with members of her season’s cast, made it easy for Cahill to commit to her third appearance at the fifth annual Lexington Comic and Toy Convention. She is one of six actors from Power Rangers Time Force scheduled to appear on the floor this weekend at the Lexington Center.
“It’s like a miracle to have everybody be there,” Cahill said. “It’s gonna be amazing. My heart is gonna explode.”
Cahill portrayed Jen Scotts, that season’s Pink Ranger. Time Force, the ninth season of the long-running children’s action show, was first broadcast in 2001 but has seen a resurgence in popularity thanks to streaming services offered by Netflix and Amazon Prime in addition to recent DVD releases. That has cultivated a diverse fan base which includes “little, little munchkins who are just so cute” as well as older viewers who grew up watching the show and forged its fandom, one that has kept on chugging along since the series’ hey-dey in the early 1990s.
She first came to Lexington Comic Con as a guest in 2013. It was one of her first shows on the convention circuit, on which creepy gawking and other inappropriate behavior occasionally detracts from an otherwise positive get-together of like-minded individuals. Cahill said she’s never been put into any weird or disrespectful situations as a result of her celebrity.
“The fans who come out to meet us, yea, some of them definitely get excited,” Cahill said with a laugh. “… But for me personally, I have never experienced anything other than love from these fans.”
The 36-year-old actress has had a good deal of on-screen success in her post-Power Rangers career. She has dozens of TV appearances to her credit since then, including roles on How I Met Your Mother, Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and Bones.
Cahill filmed an episode of Angel from Hell, which CBS canceled after only five episodes in February. Performances that don’t end up getting distributed to the masses are a common occurrence for actors not on Hollywood’s A-list. It’s an interesting thing to experience, she said.
“You just got to have a thick skin and go, ‘Well, people are weird, and things are weird,’” she said. One way to keep any doubts at bay is to continue grinding; she’s featured in a trio of independent movies — Cut to the Chase, The Raven’s Watch and It Snows All the Time — all of which are expected to release this year.
Years in the business have transformed Cahill from a “wide-eyed” rookie on Power Rangers to a woman with a deeper sense of gratitude for every role she gets.
“I made the most of every second (on Power Rangers), but now it’s like every job I’m like ‘Wow, this is a really lucky thing,’” she said. “I’ve been exceedingly lucky to do what I do.”
Cahill has been something of a trailblazer on the action scene. Her character on Power Rangers was the first Pink Ranger to assume a primary leadership role in the show’s history. She was also the motion-capture and voice actor for Chloe ‘Karma’ Lynch, the first lead female character in the Call of Duty franchise. The actress encourages girls — and women —to never lose faith in themselves and to go give the world “their own special, unique specialness,” regardless of how it might come across sometimes.
“Some days it’s like ‘meh,” Cahill said. “Then some days you go out, and you kick butt. Then other days you go out and just be happy. It’s all that unique light that they were given to shine.
“I’d say just go shine it, shine it, shine it.”
Twenty-two actors with some affiliation to Power Rangers will be on the convention floor. Here’s a list with character name in parentheses:
Karan Ashley (Aisha Campbell)
Johnny Young Bosch (Adam Park)
Erin Cahill (Jen Scott)
Steve Cardenas (Rocky DeSantos)
Michael Copon (Lucas Kendall)
Jason Faunt (Alex and Wesley Collins)
Gabrielle Fitzpatrick (Dulcea)
Jason David Frank (Tommy Oliver)
Barbara Goodson (Rita Repulsa, voice)
Ciara Hanna (Gia Morgan)
Kevin Kleinberg (Trip Regis)
Jason Narvy (Eugene ‘Skull’ Skullovitch)
Bryce Papenbrook (voice of Black Ranger in Power Rangers Megaforce video game)
Carla Perez (Rita Repulsa
Deborah Estelle Philips (Katie Walker)
Amy Rolle (Trakeena)
Reggie Rolle (Damon Henderson)
Sandi Sellner (Alpha 5, suit actor)
Paul Schrier (Farkas ‘Bulk’ Bulkmeier)
Dan Southworth (Eric Myers)
Catherine Sutherland (Katherine Hillard)
David Yost (Billy Cranston)