Sonequa Martin-Green Reveals Key Details About Her ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Character

Star Trek: Discovery lead Sonequa Martin-Green recently revealed some key details regarding her character, First Officer Michael Burnham.

During a recent interview with EW, Martin-Green reveals that Burnham is fully human, shutting down speculation that she is a Vulcan-Human hybrid. Burnham is also the first human to attend the Vulcan Learning Center and subsequently the Vulcan Science Academy. Additionally, Burnham has a close relationship with Sarek (James Frain).

“I have an inner war and it’s a journey of self-discovery and finding out what it means to be alive, to be human, to be a Starfleet officer, what it means to be a hero,” said Martin-Green.

Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts commented on Martin-Green and her ability to portray such a divided character.

“We read a lot of people and they either went way too robotic and chilly or way too emotional,” said Harberts. ““What’s beautiful about Sonequa’s performance is she’s capable of playing two, three, four things at once. She’s got such a great command of her craft, she’s able to be aloof but warm; logical but able to surrender her emotional side to the audience.”

“I have the Vulcan conflict in my life from Sarek and Amanda so there’s always going to be that inner conflict with me,” added Martin-Green. “But I think it’s relatable because we all have some kind of inner conflict going on — who we are versus who we present ourselves to be. There’s a lot to be discovered.”

Discovery‘s 15-episode first season will premiere on September 24 at 8:30 PM ET. Immediately following the first episode’s release, the second episode will be available on CBS All Access, with subsequent episodes released on Sundays. The first eight episodes will run from September 24 through November 5, with the series returning in January 2018.

Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan. A graduate student at the University of Maine, Kyle spends his time either doing school work, playing music, reading history, or immersing himself in a good video game.

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  • Adrian Robert Rowe

    I am looking forward to this.

  • Albert8184

    Why does Green’s character have a male name?

    • Aidan Duffy

      Giving a female character a traditionally male name is something Bryan Fuller does in a lot of his work: Chuck in ”Pushing Daisies”, ‘George in “Dead Like Me”, Freddie Lounds in ”Hannibal”