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Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira portrayed Okoye in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War.

Significant roles

  • Zainab in The Visitor (2007)
  • Jill in Treme (2010-2011)
  • Michonne in The Walking Dead (2012 - )
  • Adenike Balogun in Mother of George (2013)

Quotes

  • "I grew up seeing a lot of superheroes and they didn’t look like me and they certainly weren’t in Africa. I think that it is something great for girls who are like me growing up. Growing up in Africa, we were looking for images we couldn’t always find."
  • "I want to see stories coming from the black female perspective. We’re at a far better moment than we were at in the past, but there’s a lot of work to be done."
  • "Okoye more cautious about that. She’s always thinking about how many things can go wrong and how much she can control what could go wrong before it goes wrong. But there’s not a lot of control that she can have over something that’s coming that’s this massive. But that’s where her caution is. That’s where her concerns lie. It’s, of course, in her gut. The vocation of being a Dora is you’re learning how to be one from quite a young age, so her entire vocation has been to maintain this nation. This is actually the biggest – there’s another major threat they go through in the movie you will have seen by the time this comes out, but this is one of the biggest threats they’ve dealt with."
  • "She hasn’t been excited about outsiders. You’ll see more of that. You’ll see that in a very clear way in the movie. Outsiders, they threaten what they’ve tried built up, but that’s the big question: Do we isolate or do we open up? It’s an interesting thing that’s highly relevant to what we’re dealing with in various parts of the Western world, but it’s from an African perspective, so it’s really interesting. He’s one guy, so he’s manageable. She’s thought it through. She knows how to disarm that arm."