Kate Mulgrew Says She Was Born With Teeth and Lived in a Cage Until She Was Four
Kate Mulgrew has had a pretty successful career. She played Captain Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager", and now she's Red, one of the inmates on "Orange is the New Black". But her life started out kind of rough. And weird.
For starters, she was born with a full set of teeth. She said, "They're actually sort of . . . they're pearlescent, they're blue. And they're very dangerous because the baby can swallow them." So her parents had them removed. But they did inspire the awesome title of Kate's recent memoir, "Born with Teeth".
It gets weirder, though. Until she was four years old, Kate had a congenital insensitivity to pain, meaning she literally didn't feel pain. So, in order to keep her from hurting herself, her parents built her a cage. She said, "So I was born with teeth and had no sense of pain. Shakespeare would have had a field day. It's a witch! That's what a witch is."