Hoya was played by actress Hilary Shepard. She is the only female Benzite seen in Star Trek. While the episode does not explain how she is able to breathe without the atmospheric respirator device used by fellow Benzites Mordock and Mendon, Michael Okuda explained that "there's been some advances in Benzite technology." (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Companion, p. 372)
According to the video game Star Trek: Starship Creator, Hoya was born in the Utva Geostructure on Benzar. Her father is named Oorv and her mother is named Marya. Hoya was married to Ensign Tumaris Jaro in a ceremony performed by Benjamin Sisko. Prior to her service on Deep Space 9, Hoya served aboard the USS Portland and USS LaSalle.