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Danai Gurira Talks Theater, Directing and London Revival of Her Play 'The Convert

 

The 'Walking Dead' star discusses the impact of her screen roles and her blossoming theater career, including the new production headlining 'Black Panther' co-star Letitia Wright.

 

If Danai Gurira were any busier, she would probably explode.

 

As an actor, playwright, social activist and regular on AMC's long-running zombie drama The Walking Dead, the 40-year-old Zimbabwean-American has long had to juggle multi-hyphenate fame. But her profile has rocketed into orbit recently, after she played fierce, shaven-headed warrior Okoye in the two biggest movies of 2018, Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. With a joint box office total north of $3 billion, both are already among the top 10-grossing releases of all time.

 

How does Gurira balance so many commitments? "It's a journey, a step-by-step process," she tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It isn't a perfect science; there are times when I have to make adjustments. But generally what I get to do is tell stories. That is what I feel is really at the core of my purpose. And it comes in different forms for me, so that is also a real blessing."

 

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