“Walking Dead and Preacher Actors Get Real About Diversity on Television”

“During AMC’s press conferences for two of its biggest shows, The Walking Dead and Preacher,the question about diversity on each show was brought up time and time again.

The Walking Dead has one of the most diverse casts on television. Over the course of the past six seasons, there have been many actors of color that have starred on the series. For Danai Gurira (Michonne), the actor said being able to be a prominent character on the show and a prominent woman of color has been very empowering. Her role, she added, isn’t one that you see on television often, and being able to play a character as complex and deep as Michonne has been an educational experience.

“I love that someone came up with her and someone decided to put her on screen,” Gurira said, pointing to creator Robert Kirkman and showrunner Scott Gimple. “She’s on screen every week and that’s a fantastic rare thing. I mean, dreadlocks? A sword? I wish I came up with her!”

Preacher star Ruth Negga had similar thoughts about her character, Tulip. Negga said what she found so fascinating about Tulip was how contradictory she was to play, especially as an actor of color.

“I think what attracted her to me is what repels other people,” Negga said. “Her unapologetic tendencies.”

Negga said it was a “relief to play someone like her” but admitted it was just as important to have a character like Tulip on television. Negga said that for too long, the industry has been complacent about the lack of people of color, and especially women of color, on television.

“That conversation needs to keep happening because there’s still so much more we can do,” Negga said…”



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