A bit of exciting casting news has arrived at our feet, and it’s definitely worth celebrating. It was announced The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green joins Star Trek: Discovery as one of the lead characters, and there’s big buzz over what her lead role will entail. While it is a bit disheartening to hear Martin-Green will reportedly not be taking the captain’s chair, it is nonetheless great to see that she will have a new opportunity to let her talents shine.
As the wounded but resilient Sasha on The Walking Dead, Martin-Green has often been presented as a strong female character. No doubt those skills will be put to use when she blasts off into the galaxy on Discovery and teaches the Star Trek crew a thing or two about going into uncharted territory. It’s almost certain that with this Discovery gig, Martin-Green will be a certifiable breakout star in 2017.
With that in mind, what should you know about her? Here’s a quick primer.
1. She’s come a very long way in her 10-year career
Martin-Green’s Twitter bio lists her as an actress, activist, wife, mother and producer. She’s been working steadily since she graduated from the University of Alabama in 2007, with roles primarily in independent films like Toe to Toe and television shows like The Good Wife and Army Wives. She’s also written and produced a short film titled On The Bridge. So, basically, what can’t this amazing woman do?
2. She’s married to her Walking Dead co-star Kenric Green
Green plays Scott on The Walking Dead. The two may not have met on the set of The Walking Dead, but hey, working with your spouse is kind of the dream scenario, right? The pair has been married since 2010, and from the looks of her Instagram, it is not difficult to see why they work so well as a couple. In an interview with TV Guide, Green spoke about how working with his wife helped ease him into his new acting gig: “Coming on as the spouse, I didn’t join the cast with her but I got to meet everyone and get introduced to the world with her, so by the time I joined it already felt like home.”
3. She’s a mom, too
While she is very careful to maintain her son’s privacy, Martin-Green isn’t shy about populating her Instagram with his adorable antics. Watching him read a book or joke around with his father will absolutely melt your heart. In an interview with People magazine, Martin-Green described the joy that she got from motherhood as “inexpressible,” going on to enlighten readers: “It’s really been divine having someone come from you and being responsible for their livelihood, for nurturing them.”
4. She loves the way The Walking Dead speaks to its audience
In an October 2015 interview with Good Housekeeping, Martin-Green discussed why she loves working on The Walking Dead and how she feels it connects with viewers. “The best thing about working on The Walking Dead is telling a great story with great people. It’s an honor to be a part of a show with such rich writing that reaches people.”
5. She is proud of how she is helping change the diversity landscape on TV
In an interview with The Mary Sue, Martin-Green stated, “I think [The Walking Dead] handles diversity in a great way, because it’s not harped on. No one is hit over the head with it. It just is what it is. These are different people, they’ve come together, they’ve decided to be a family, and they happen to look like all of us. I really appreciate and respect that. I do think I’m part of progress in that way. And what an amazing thing — to be a part of progress.”
6. Martin-Green gets vocal about issues that matter
Never one to shy away from the important issues, Martin-Green has spoken up in favor of the Black Lives Matter movement and voiced her sadness over the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando. She has also used her social media to raise awareness for cancer research. She is not one to remain silent about the issues that matter.
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