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Gurira burst on to the scene in season 3, playing comic book favorite Michonne, but will depart The Walking Dead during the final episodes of season 10.
“Born into this world as an African girl, I never understood the absence of voices and people who were similar to me,” says Gurira. “It never made sense to me that I couldn't see that representation. It just has to happen, and I guess I'll have to do it.”
“I'm an avid TV watcher. I watch a lot of things. I've watched how television has evolved over the last couple decades. Great television really, really excites me.”
You won’t find much success attempting to pry Black Panther sequel intel out of Gurira, who is as adept at protecting secrets as she is at protecting King T’Challa. “If you're talking storyline, I know absolutely nothing,” she says. “You can't get it out of me because I don't have it.”
“I'm still that same 9-year-old girl looking for myself on screen,” she says. “I'm still that same girl. I'm still looking, so I've got to do it."