C California Style

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Secret Weapon

by C California Style

“I’ve had flashbacks of L.A. lately,” Danai Gurira sighs.

 “As soon as I’m there, I breathe a little easier.” It’ll be a while before the 37-year-old returns, as she’s in the midst of shooting the sixth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead in Georgia. “The minute I was announced as that character, my life changed,” she says of playing sword-​wielding Michonne. Before that call, “I wasn’t getting approached everywhere I walked. And there weren’t tattoos of my face on people’s legs.” The actress and award-​winning playwright is also returning to her roots with Eclipsed, now at The Public Theatre in New York before moving to Broadway in March. Focused on the Liberian civil war, the play features a strong
female ensemble that includes Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. “I find great joy when I get to see these black women excel in roles that are handcrafted around experiences they understand,” Gurira says. With yet another New York play, Familiar, hitting the Playwrights Horizons stage in February, Gurira is unsure of when she’ll land in her own bed: “I think I’ll be back in Los Angeles at some point. I do miss it…but everything’s been such a blessing.” • LINDZI SCHARF