Seven Things To Know About Sonequa Martin-Green, The First African-American Woman To Lead A ‘Star Trek’ Cast

Sonequa Martin-Green is making history with the recent news that she’s landed the lead in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series.

Martin-Green is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of Star Trek. The star also currently appears on AMC’s The Walking Dead and is expected to remain on the show. So, what else is there to know about Star Trek’s new leading lady?

1. Martin-Green is an Aries from Russellville, Alabama. She attended the University of Alabama, where she studied theatre and earned stage combat certification in various weapons.

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2. She’s married to actor Kenric Green, who plays Scott on The Walking Dead, and has an adorable 1-year-old son, Kenric Green III.

No Mother's Day for me without my Kenrics. What a life I have with you. #allmylove #sogratefulforthem #Godisgood

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3. She planned to graduate high school and study psychology, but decided to pursue theatre instead. She graduated high school as a salutatorian.


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4. Her gorgeous mom is a three-time cancer survivor, which is one of the reasons Martin-Green participated in this year’s “Stand Up To Cancer” telecast. 

5. She revealed to The Hollywood Reporter that she’d initially and unknowingly auditioned for the role of Michonne on AMC’s undead drama. Former show runner Glen Mazzara cast Danai Gurira in the role, but still wanted Martin-Green on the show. “Glen Mazzara brought me in to be Sasha. I was supposed to be a recurring character and as we kept going forward, they picked up my option to be a regular,” she revealed. “It’s very rare and I’m still quite dumbfounded about it but Glen and I hit it off and I still appreciate him. He wanted to work with me and wrote Sasha for me. I did not come back in to audition, he said it was my role.”

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6. She is our ultimate hair crush because she can rock any style.

I see you…❤️ Enjoy the episode tonight! #twd

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Check me out tonight on @newgirlonfox, 8/7p!!! I'm excited! 😜

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7. She’s starred in The Good WifeOnce Upon A Time, and played Winston’s girlfriend on New Girl. She made her television debut in Law & Order: Criminal Intent