This is definitely the most female-driven Marvel movie. So far, we’ve [seen] the other women of Wakanda. We’ve heard that Captain Marvel is a bit part of this. Obviously, we’ve had Scarlet Witch and Black Widow already. For you, especially as someone who so much of your career has already been really grounded and conferred to the small screen, what’s it like to be a part of that?

Gurira: I think it’s really thrilling. I’m insanely thankful to be alive at the moment I am alive, and I don’t take it for granted that so many women before me have had to navigate and push for more representation and I get to benefit from the fruits of their labor. I really think it is real thrilling. Even in the times I’ve been acting, I’ve seen that evolution before I started acting to now. You can feel that, the shift, and it is a really exciting thing when you see there is a lot of attention paid to the position and the contribution to the female characters. You get to be a part of that, so it’s really thrilling.

You said that your character is pretty much a traditionalist, and with the Avengers coming here to warn of this big threat coming, is she the type of person that would leave Wakanda or–

Gurira: Oh, hell no! What did I just say about what’s on her shoulders to keep this place intact, to leave–

Protect the world. I mean, leave Wakanda to help protect the world.

Gurira: Oh, I see what you’re saying. Well, the fight’s coming to them, so that’s the – but she’s the type of person who will go where she needs to go, especially considering the fact that she’s also very deeply connected to what her king decides. She’s led by her king, but his move, being a general, you have a commander-in-chief and then you go by his decisions. She definitely lets him know her thoughts, but she goes by his decisions.

Also, she’s not entirely – she is a bit no-nonsense, but she also is – you’ll see this in Black Panther – she has a lot of warmth and humor as well. She is definitely, fully – and a couple other little surprises that will be a little unexpected about her. She’s gone to the point where she lets her deputy be all serious, all the time. She doesn’t need to be that.

Can you tell us about your relationship with Nakia in Infinity War?

Gurira: Well, Nakia is Lupita’s character. Our relationship is established very much in Black Panther, so it’s very much that – you know, we’re sisters, which I love. We’re not sisters literally, but there’s a respect. We’re not always on the same page, but that’s what relationships are made of.

We’re told that the structure of the story is very much reliant on the Infinity Stones, where they are, how they’re going to factor into the story, how are they collected, essentially. Does Wakanda have any connection to the stones? Are they aware of the stones? 

Gurira: I don’t know if I should–

Publicist: We can’t get into that.

Gurira: You’re going into – yeah, plot stuff.

How difficult is it for you to balance this role with your role in The Walking Dead now? I mean, perhaps they’re probably across the street from each other. 

Gurira: Really, it does help. 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.

What does she think of Winter Soldier? Obviously, we thought he was in a carbon freeze or something last time we saw him, and now we saw him out there with the Wakandans. What does your character think of that?

Gurira: She hasn’t been excited about outsiders. You’ll see more that. You’ll see that in a very clear way in the movie. Outsiders, they threaten what they’ve tried built up, but that’s the big question: Do we isolate or do we open up? It’s an interesting thing that’s highly relevant to what we’re dealing with in various parts of the Western world, but it’s from an African perspective, so it’s really interesting. He’s one guy, so he’s manageable. She’s thought it through. She knows how to disarm that arm.

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