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Danai Gurira’s new life on ‘Walking Dead’

By// Starrene Rhett Rocque

Danai Gurira was looking forward to one thing when she started her new gig: playing with knives. The rising star was attracted to her latest character, Michonne on AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead, because of her supreme survival skills, which include wielding a samurai sword. Still, the actress and playwright says her connection to the role is deeper than its cool factor.

The Oct. 8 issue of JET magazine, on newsstands Monday, Oct. 1, 2012.

“Her story was compelling,” says the 34-year-old. “One of my plays, Eclipsed, was about women in war in Liberia. Michonne reminded me of that sort of woman, one who’s taken on her own way of getting through a dire situation and become rather formidable.”

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