How Danai Gurira Juggles Her Marvel Roles With The Walking Dead

Dnai Gurira as Michonne on The Walking Dead

Needless to say, the following contains spoilers for Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War. Stop reading now if you'd like to go into the upcoming blockbuster knowing next to nothing.

Some actors are lucky enough to be juggling multiple film franchises, whether its Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) or Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, Sherlock Holmes). Danai Gurira currently holds down an important role in the MCU (Black Panther) and on AMC TV (The Walking Dead). When CinemaBlend took a trip to Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War set, we spoke with Gurira about balancing the workload of an extremely popular television drama, as well as the needs of Marvel Studios. She opened up and said the fact that they both shoot in Georgia has been extremely beneficial. In addition, Gurira explained:

It also helps that one needs me bald and the other one needs me wigged, so it really works out. They're really happy with that. 'Yeah, keep it bald. It'll make the wig go on easier.' If I grow a 'fro, they wouldn't like it so much. It's a good balance. They're both such awesome people on either side. They want each other's stories told.

Danai Gurira has been lucky that her two main Marvel Studios movies -- Ryan Coogler's Black Panther and the Russo Brothers' Avengers: Infinity War -- filmed largely in Atlanta, at Pinewood Studios or surrounding areas. This allowed the actress to play both Okoye, proud member of T'Challa's Dora Milaje in Coogler's movie. And she was able to keep playing Michonne on The Walking Dead. Michonne is a pivotal character on AMC's horror-drama, a member of Rick's core group of survivors who has developed a romantic relationship with the hero over time.

Danai Gurira will be able to continue juggling both properties, but will blow up as part of Avengers: Infinity War when it opens in theaters on April 27. Peep the latest trailer:

Our exclusive coverage from the set of Joe and Anthony Russo's Avengers: Infinity War continues all week. In the coming days, we will have interviews with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who also worked hand in hand with the Russo brothers on two Captain America movies. After that, we still have coverage from Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Paul Bettany and Anthony Mackie. While you wait, bookmark our Upcoming Marvel Movies guide to stay up to date on all of the latest Marvel happenings.

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Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. Having been with the site since 2011, Sean interviewed myriad directors, actors and producers, and created ReelBlend, which he proudly cohosts with Jake Hamilton and Kevin McCarthy. And he's the author of RELEASE THE SNYDER CUT, the Spider-Man history book WITH GREAT POWER, and an upcoming book about Bruce Willis.