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A Day in the Beautiful Life of Simone Missick

When things go haywire in the superhero universe, this Luke Cage star stays grounded through faith and family.

Before becoming a fan favorite as Misty Knight, the superhero detective on Marvel’s Luke Cage, Simone Missick received a stern warning from Cheo Hodari Coker, the show’s creator: Get ready. It’s going to be c-r-a-z-y.

Now, entering its second season, Netflix’s fifth-highest-rated original series is sending Missick on a path that’s sure to continue her rise to superstardom as her character joins the cast of the upcoming The Defenders, another small-screen adventure in the Marvel comics world. Not a bad move for the Detroit native, who made Hollywood home nearly ten years ago in pursuit of her craft. “For so long I was a struggling artist. I felt like I had my faith, family and health together, but not my career,” says Missick. 

This feature originally appeared in the April 2017 Issue of ESSENCE Magazine.

These days, despite losing her anonymity and having to balance a relationship in different time zones (she’s been married to fellow actor Dorian Missick for five years), the up-and-comer is focused on savoring the ride and staying spiritually centered in the midst of her new chaos. Says Missick, “If you don’t enjoy the journey, you’re not going to be happy once you get there.” 

Keep scrolling to see a day in her beautiful life!