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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