Sonequa Martin-Green rencently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her upcoming role in Star Trek: Discovery.

You’re officially confirmed to play First Officer Michael Burnham on Star Trek: Discovery. How does the character compare to Sasha?

 

Being the first officer on the ship is going to be a wild ride because we haven’t seen that happen before in the Star Trek canon, we haven’t seen the story be told from the perspective of the first officer rather than the captain. It’s going to open up so much potential for new storylines because not being the captain automatically gives you a different perspective. It’s going to be a wild ride and everybody on board — in front of the camera and behind — I’ve been floored by the performances on The Walking Dead from the beginning and I’m going to be astounded again by the people we’ve got assembled on Star Trek. I’m really excited.

 

How quickly did you go from Walking Dead to Star Trek? Did you have time to mourn Sasha?

 

There was a little time, but not too much! It was pretty back-to-back. There were the holidays, which were nice. There were definitely the holidays to sit and think a little bit about it. I had been mourning the loss of Sasha before we were shooting the finale. It was a long goodbye for me, and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

Martin-Green also spoke to TVLine.

“There’s definitely a lot of responsibility to being the lead of any show,” she tells TVLine, “and obviously to be the lead of this, [an offshoot of] one of the most popular, if not the most popular, television series of all-time… you can certainly get lost in it if you allow yourself to, and just sort of be frozen.”

 

Martin-Green said that she is “swimming with the gratitude of it, and that’s carrying me through” any nerves, she says. “I’m still blinking to see, ‘Is this real? Oh my goodness.’

 

“But I hope that I can bear the weight, if you will, of this legacy and of this story,” she continues, “because I certainly want to do it justice.”

On what fans can expect in this latest series she said:

“This iteration of Star Trek is going to have a different take than the others in the Star Trek canon,” she says. “It’s going to be bigger, rawer and grittier… and the story’s going to build on itself. It’s going to be a tremendous journey.”

 

“Since Star Trek has always been through the eyes of the captain,” she suggests, “to be coming from [his second-in-command’s] mindset is going to be refreshing and challenging in ways that are very thrilling.”

Specking to Vulture

Are you geeking out with past Star Trek?

 

Yeah. I love the original series. It’s my favorite out of all of them, and I just love the dynamic between Kirk and Spock. All the characters on the show had rich relationships. I found myself just keeping it on in the background when I was doing a lot of my work when I first started.