(written from a Production point of view)
Blake had worked with Terry Farrell before. Both were main cast members of the short-lived 1980s television series Paper Dolls. In that series, the two characters were dating. The series also featured Richard Beymer and Jonathan Frakes, and three episodes were directed by Ralph Senensky.
Blake has also appeared in many popular films such as The Last Starfighter (with fellow DS9 guest stars Marc Alaimo, Kay E. Kuter, and Barbara Bosson), Young Guns (with Lisa Banes and Terry O'Quinn), Forrest Gump, Apollo 13 (with Max Grodénchik, Clint Howard, Joseph Culp, Andy Milder, Brett Cullen, Steven Rankin, Googy Gress, and Brian Markinson), Contact, Frost/Nixon, and Cast Away (with Michael Forest).