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Sonequa Martin-Green, Moved to Tears Ahead of Star Trek Discovery

Pictured (l-r): Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou; Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY coming to CBS All Access. Photo Cr: 2017 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

On a recent episode of CBS’s The Talk, actress Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead, Once Upon a Time) was interviewed as the hosts themselves were dressed in their Starfleet best, to celebrate the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. A video is shown, capturing the Sonequa’s reaction as she finds out she won the role of Captain Michael Burnham, marking the first time Starfleet positioned a Woman of Color as Officer. Host Sarah Gilbert, asks how it feels to be apart of such a diverse legacy. Star Trek was one of the first shows to include a racially diverse cast, and also famously featured TV’s first Interracial kiss, between Nichelle Nichols and William Shatner. Martin-Green responds:

“I think about what it means to see ourselves and I think abut our young people watching. I think about the legacy of Star Trek itself, and how the Universality is the spirit of it, and how we’re continuing that… not even just with me.”

Discovery has multiple series “firsts,” including the first Asian woman Captain, as well as the first openly-gay crew member. Created by FanBros alum, and American Gods’ co-creator Bryan FullerStar Trek: Discovery debuted on CBS Television, September 24th, with the remaining episodes premiering on All Access, CBS’ streaming service.

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