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Sonequa Martin-Green’s Trek char­ac­ter’s name is a boy’s name, she says.

“It was Bryan Fuller’s idea,” she says, re­fer­ring to the writer and pro­ducer who came up with the new se­ries be­fore he dropped out of the project. “A lot of Bryan’s fe­male leads have male names. So I’m named af­ter my bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther and I love that be­cause I think it re­ally speaks to the gen­der flu­id­ity. It’s a sub­tle yet pow­er­ful nod to that.”

Her big­gest role be­fore Star Trek was in The Walk­ing Dead, as Sasha, but she started act­ing nearly a decade ago. She’s ap­peared in Law & Or­der, The Good Wife, Gos­sip Girl and Once Upon a Time.

She has a two-year-old son with hus­band and fel­low Walk­ing Dead ac­tor Ken­ric Green.

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