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.