Martin-Green Sees Parallel With Her ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ And ‘The Walking Dead’ Characters

Yesterday Sonequa Martin-Green was at the Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta and while the focus of her panel was about her time playing Sasha on The Walking Dead, she did also talk a bit about playing Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery:

As Burnham, this entire first season [of Star Trek: Discovery] is a road to penitence, really. The bottom has fallen out for me and I have been in despair and sentenced to life in prison…So, it is interesting now I have played two very strong women who are really on a path to true strength.

You can watch that moment in this video clip provided by Walker Stalker.

TrekMovie was at Walker Stalker and did some live-tweeting of the event, including this note from Sonequa.

I also had a chance to meet Sonequa at a photo op (proudly wearing my TrekMovie.com).

There were no formal interviews being done at Walker Stalker, but I had a chance to chat with Martin-Green briefly during the photo op and she said it was good to see TrekMovie again. I asked if she had read David Mack’s Discovery novel Desperate Hours, and the actress said she had it on her nightstand but didn’t have a chance to read it yet. When asked if she thinks it will inform her interpretation of the character, Martin-Green told TrekMovie:

“You know it will! Because you know I will memorize it all when I read it.”

Martin-Green says Desperate Hours is on her nightstand

Burnham video on “Lethe”

For more about Burnham, watch CBS’ latest video with showrunners and Martin-Green talking about the impact of last week’s pivotal episode (“Lethe”) on her relationship with Sarek.


Episode 7 will be available on CBS All Access on Sunday, October 29 by 8:30 pm ET. It will air in Canada on the Space Channel at 8:00 pm ET and be available on Netflix outside the USA and Canada on Monday, October 30 at 8 am BST.

Keep up with all the Star TrekDiscovery news at TrekMovie.

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Gary 8.5

Nice of her to mention Michael at a non Trek convention.

smike

The main parallel is that both Michael and Sasha are actually male names that can be used for women as well. Coincidence?

David F. Guy

Yes, obviously a coincidence.

Marja

It seems to be a trend in television and novels. Strong woman? Male name. Or a name like “Samantha” that is shortened into a male-sounding name [“Sam”].

David F. Guy

One character is well-written, fascinating, and multi-layered. The other is Sasha.

Marja

Sonequa Martin-Green seems like she’d be a total joy to work with.

Luke Montgomery

Sonequa is amazing. Rapidly becoming my favorite Trek character. Such talent.