Karl Ferguson Jr.
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!
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After her routine cardio, weight training and Thai boxing (a much-needed stress reliever most days) at Anderson’s Martial Arts Academy, she finishes off the workout with kettlebell exercises.
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A stop at Manny’s café in her Brooklyn neighborhood gives her a moment to focus on scripts or plan her next project.
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Quality time with Charlie, the pup she and her husband rescued more than six months ago, serves as a nice distraction from her daily grind. According to Missick, sharing the responsibility of caring for another living creature is also prep for parenthood.
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Missick heeds the sage wisdom of long-lasting couples and makes sure she carves out regular date nights. She and hubby Dorian love reconnecting
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