Many of the details surrounding Star Trek: Discovery are still being kept under wraps, this despite the fact that the show finally arrives this coming September on CBS, CBS All Access, Netflix and a host of their outlets. However, actress Sonequa Martin-Green recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly and finally divulged a few new details surrounding her character on the series.
Martin-Green portrays First Officer Michael Burnham on the show. She is full human and is the first member of the species to attend the Vulcan Learning Center as a child and then the Vulcan Science Academy as a young woman. She enjoys a close relationship with Sarek, the father of Spock, and has been serving on the U.S.S. Shenzhou for the past seven years.
"I’m the first officer on the U.S.S. Shenzhou that is captained by Captain Philippa Georgiou, who is played by the amazing Michelle Yeoh," she tells the trade. "I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero."
Interestingly, the producers on the show spent a lot of time searching for the right actor capable of pulling off the character's divided nature.
"We read a lot of people and they either went way too robotic or and chilly or way too emotional," says Aaron Harberts, who serves as showrunner on the series along with Gretchen J. Berg. "What’s beautiful about Sonequa’s performance is she’s capable of playing two, three, four things at once. She’s got such a great command of her craft, she’s able to be aloof but warm; logical but able to surrender her emotional side to the audience."
Martin-Green adds, "I have the Vulcan conflict in my life from Sarek and Amanda so there’s always going to be that inner conflict with me. But I think it’s relatable because we all have some kind of inner conflict going on — who we are versus who we present ourselves to be. There’s a lot to be discovered."
Star Trek: Discovery finally debuts on Sunday, Sept. 24th.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
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