The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira explained that she felt blessed to play Michonne and explained that she was honored to have such an impact on fans.
During an appearance on Talking Dead, Danai Gurira talked about being thankful for getting the chance to play Michonne and getting to bring a completely three-dimensional character to life that actually has emotional resonance. It would’ve been easy to relegate Danai Gurira’s Michonne to being an action hero on The Walking Dead and limit her character’s development, but the star explained that plenty of fans have strengthened her with their love of the sword-wielding survivor.
“I’m thankful for the fact that I was able to play a character that had an arc and an evolution and allowed me to see her through so many different colors of her humanity, and get to a place where she was who she ended up being in the end. And for any resonance that that had with everybody, but women and girls who have come up to me over the years, and really strengthened me with their love for the character.”
The Walking Dead star went onto say that she’s “blessed” by the connection that she’s had with the audience through Michonne. Gurira also mentioned that she’s got plenty of love for the crew and the producers of the show, noting that even though she’s left the series, “It never ends.”
“I’ve been so blessed by the love and the connection that I’ve been able to have with the audience and the fans, and to me that’s been an absolute gift. As well as the love I’ve had with TWD Family who I’ve made the show with, all the amazing people you never get to see behind the scenes, I couldn’t be more thankful for having them in my life. It never ends. The connections, the friendships, the love, the family.”
When breaking down Michonne’s character on The Walking Dead, the actress explains that she found her story arc incredibly inspiring by seeing how the writers didn’t let the character stagnate. Gurira explains that while Michonne’s a ferocious warrior across the series, there’s a balance between her maternal instincts and her armor, while also noting how pleased she was to see her flourish as a leader.
“All that she went through and all that she’s navigated through as a woman, and where she ends up being, and the choices that she makes, is something that I found inspiring at times, seeing the journey she’s taken as a character,” she said. “And her ferocity and her care at the same time, her warrior aspects and her maternal aspects at the same time, her vulnerability and her armor at the same time. All these things I find to be this very complex and very beautifully-dimensioned woman, and at the same time, the beauty of it all is we also got the arc of her as a leader.”
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Here is the official synopsis for Danai Gurira’s The Walking Dead season 10:
A few months after the end of Season 9, the collected communities are still dealing with the after effects of Alpha’s horrific display of power, reluctantly respecting the new border imposed on them, all while organizing themselves into a militia-style fighting force, preparing for a battle that may be unavoidable.
The Walking Dead stars Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira, Josh McDermitt, Christian Serratos, Seth Gilliam, Ross Marquand, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Khary Payton, Cooper Andrews, Callan McAuliffe, Nadia Hilker, Eleanor Matsuura, Lauren Ridloff, Cailey Fleming, Cassady McClincy, Ryan Hurst, and Samantha Morton as Alpha.
Source: Talking Dead (via ComicBook.com)