Viewers of AMC’s The Walking Dead are slowly getting some insight into Michonne, Andrea’s (Laurie Holden) enigmatic companion this season. The actress who plays Michonne, Danai Gurira, is now helping us better understand this mysterious new character.
In an interview with Vulture, Gurira reveals that Michonne “reminds me of a lot of women I know, myself included in some ways. Very tough, very strong, they don’t tolerate a lot of BS, they’re not people-pleasers.” She adds that when she was first introduced to the role, “I really was like, ‘I know this chick!'”
Gurira adds that a character like Michonne, whom Walking Dead comic writer and executive producer Robert Kirkman has described as a “badass,” is rare in TV and film. She compares the character to Angelina Jolie’s role in Salt: “That role was supposed to be for Tom Cruise, and you don’t see women who get to go there that often … Michonne’s a real gift in that regard. She’s been kicking my butt.”
When Gurira isn’t decapitating walkers, she’s writing plays. The actress recently won a Whiting Writers award for her play The Convert, and she’s using her down time during filming to work on a new play and a mini-series.