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TV Legends: Did Sonequa Martin-Green Leave Walking Dead For Star Trek?

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TV Legends: Did Sonequa Martin-Green Leave Walking Dead For Star Trek?

TV URBAN LEGEND: Sonequa Martin-Green left The Walking Dead For Star Trek: Discovery.

Earlier this year, Sonequa Martin-Green was announced as getting the lead role of Michael Burnham on the new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery

This, naturally, left fans of Martin-Green from The Walking Dead (where she had played Sasha for years) quite nervous…

At the time of her Star Trek casting, the producers of The Walking Dead tried to allay fears by noting that she was still going to remain a regular character on The Walking Dead, but obviously, they were only referring to the end of the then-current season, as she left the show after Season 7.

So, naturally, since her Star Trek role was announced before she left The Walking Dead, it only stood to reason that she left her supporting role on The Walking Dead for a lead role on Star Trek: Discovery. Certainly, no one would ever blame an actor for making that move, as obviously it’s nice to be the lead if you can be the lead, especially on a show as big as the first new Star Trek series in years.

However, as it turned out, Martin-Green did NOT leave The Walking Dead for Star Trek: Discovery. It was just an awesome case of serendiptiy for the actresss. She explained to Dalton Ross at Entertainment Weekly:

“It couldn’t have worked out more perfectly, because what was happening on Walking Dead was already underway. It was the path. It was definitely in place. And then as we were going into the very end of the season, the very end of our shoot for the season — that’s when the opportunity for Star Trek came. And so I know some people might think that I left Walking Dead to do Star Trek, but it did not happen that way. It was after Walking Dead was already ending that the opportunity for Star Trek came.”

Martin-Green even continued to note that she was actually freaked out when she ended her stint on The Walking Dead without a new gig lined up…

“I didn’t know what I was going to be doing next. And when Star Trek came I thought, Oh my goodness! This is…unspeakable! Like, what?? It’s going from such a goliath that reaches so many people in such a profound way, to a legacy. So basically going from legacy to legacy. Because Star Trek has definitely been printed in the hearts of so many people and has been since the ‘60s, obviously. To go from such a favorite show, to arguably the most favorite show of all time, is… still think I’m catching my breath.”

Very cool.

So, anyhow, the legend is…


Thanks to Sonequa Martin-Green and Dalton Ross for the information!

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