Jolene Blalock has not revealed the fact that she is suffering from an illness to the public. The notion about her sickness most likely arose as a result of her most iconic role as an actress in Star Trek: Enterprise. In the series, her character T’Pol had a fatal neurological disease known as Pa’nar Syndrome and also reputed to be fatal to Vulcans.
Blalock is an American actress and model and this article explores aspects of her health status to determine if she was really affected by the disease her character suffered in the Star Trek series or if it’s all just fiction.
What is Jolene Blalock’s Illness Called?
Jolene Blalock is not sick but her character in Star Trek: Enterprise suffered from a fictional degenerative and neurological disease known as Pa’nar Syndrome. This ailment was especially fatal to Vulcans and had a debilitating effect on their synaptic pathways and other body systems including the immune and endocrine systems.
The primary cause of this fictional ailment suffered by Jolene Blalock’s character is a disruption of neuroelectric impulses in the midbrain which occurs during mind melds performed by insufficiently trained Vulcans. To eradicate this illness, the affected Vulcan required the assistance of a more qualified and well-trained Vulcans Melder.
Even though she wasn’t down with any illness, Jolene Blalock’s fans thought she was sick as a result of the fact that she spent quite a lot of time on the set of the Star Trek franchise series. According to the series, Pa’nar Syndrome was a disease that dated back to the time of Surak.
The people who lived in that time period knew of the disease and also knew how to cure it. That knowledge had been eradicated by the 22nd century and those who had the disease were shunned by the society and there was really no concerted effort to find a suitable cure.
Did Jolene Blalock Have Plastic Surgery?
The answer to that question is a straightforward yes. Jolene Blalock has had at least three plastic surgeries to accentuate her physical appearance to make herself feel better. One of the areas where the actress felt she had to make changes was her lips. She achieved this change by using fat grafts such as Juvederm and Restylane and other excessive fat fillers to make her lips puffier.
There have also been suggestions that she also used Botox around her eyes and along the horizontal lines of her forehead to supposedly improve her looks. However, Jolene Blalock’s decision to improve her looks is one that failed miserably and also attracted criticisms from members of the public on social media platforms.
One of these critics essentially likened the actress’ appearance to having 2 sausages planted side by side where her lips should be. Another critic said that she looked like a 21st-century Hollywood plastic surgery victim.
Prior to the aforementioned cosmetic surgeries, Jolene Blalock had to surgically seal off her belly button to get the part of the Vulcan Sub-commander T’pol on the Star Trek: Enterprise TV series. Her dedication to her art and her willingness to do whatever it takes was rewarded with 98 episodes on the show from 2001 to 2005. Suffice to say that her time on the set helped her make a name in the industry.
A Look At Jolene Blalock Then and Now
As previously mentioned, Star Trek: Enterprise was Jolene Blalock’s breakthrough role as an actress. She appeared in every single episode of the 98-episode long series that ran from 2001 to 2005. That was until the show was canceled after four seasons primarily as a result of scheduling issues.
Understandably, one of the people who was most affected by the show’s premature ending is Jolene Blalock. Let’s quickly take a look at Jolene Blalock then and now.
Jolene Wasn’t Comfortable With Her Looks Even Though She was a Model
A closer look at Blalock’s early years would most likely encourage even her harshest critics to cut her some slack for her decision to change her appearance in order to enhance her sense of worth and self-confidence.
Born on March 5, 1975, in San Diego, California, United States of America, Jolene Blalock is one of four children born to her as yet unidentified parents. The actress once revealed that her childhood wasn’t ideal and not exactly the happiest. In fact, she was a pretty lonely kid who had to retreat into the corner for most of her formative years because she had no real friends and no real sense of worth.
That experience was quite traumatic and she was always resigned to eating lunch alone or spending her lunch break in the library. Years later, when she turned 17 years old, Jolene left her home to become a model and toured Europe and Asia as a result of her modeling career.
The actress appeared on a good number of magazine cover pages including Maxim’s Girls of Maxim’ Gallery. It would come as a source of frustration for critics of the actress’ look to learn that she was named the 10th sexiest woman alive by FHM Magazine in 2003.
So it begs the question, why go through the hassle of plastic surgery if she was already good-looking enough to earn such accolades from a reputable magazine? The answer to that would be that Jolene Blalock’s self-esteem issues obviously ran deep.
Blalock has more than 25 movies and TV series credits to her name including Veronica’s Closet, Legend of the Seeker, Sinners and Saints, Troubled Teen, and arguably her most recognizable contribution as Sub-commander T’pol in Star Trek: Enterprise. All these credits came before and after the cosmetic adjustments to her physical appearance.
She’s Actively Involved with the Rapino Foundation
Jolene Blalock’s self-esteem issues seem to have taken a backseat to her present life. While not as active as an actress, she currently lives with her husband Michael Rapino and three sons in Los Angeles, California. They got married on April 23, 2003.
Her fans would surely not mind having the actress return to the silver screens but that aspect of her life seems to have taken a backseat to the fulfilling role of a mother to her three sons and a wife to her husband, who is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Live Nation Entertainment.
Jolene and her husband created the Rapino Foundation in 2012 as a way for the actress to reach out to underprivileged people and also teach her sons the power that comes from giving back to society. She is actively involved in the running of the foundation and is also quite involved in similar foundations such as The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, Barefoot Foundation (Pies Descalzos Foundation), Humane Society International (HSI), the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and The Clara Lionel Foundation.
Suffice to say that Jolene Blalock’s illness is a hoax as she is in perfectly good health in spite of the much-criticized medical procedures to alter her appearance.