Jeri Ryan — who got TV Guide's vote as one of the "Sexiest Stars in the Universe" for her provocative performance as Borg Seven of Nine on

Star Trek: Voyager — recently had a chance to slither out of her form-fitting alien costume to play a TV reporter in Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000. As the actress explains, the role couldn't have come at a better time.

"It was a chance for me to get my feet wet in the feature world now that we're in the last season of [Voyager]," Ryan tells TV Guide Online, adding that she's in denial about the series ending in May. "We still have a few months to go, so it hasn't really sunk in yet. I'm sure I'll be very sad, because I'm going to miss the people I've been working with for the last four years."

As far as what's ahead for Seven of Nine in Voyager's closing episodes, Ryan reveals, "She's been experimenting with her sexuality and experiencing real emotions and real romantic feelings. I think you'll see her trying to hold on to being really connected with another person. But I think she'll end up as a tragic figure."

While Ryan is hoping for a post-Voyager film career, she's also looking forward to being a mom to her six-year-old son, Alex. "I've already turned down a couple of series proposals because I would be in every scene, every day," she says. "I'd be missing his entire childhood."

One thing Ryan won't be missing is her distinctive Seven of Nine make-up; she's taking it with her. "I'm keeping one of my eye pieces," she says. "They're making it into a magnet for me so I'll be able to keep it on my refrigerator. That's pretty cool."