WATCH: Sonequa Martin-Green Discusses the Importance of Star Trek

Actress Sonequa Martin-Green appeared Friday on the CBS talk show The Talk to promote the upcoming premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. While discussing the new series with The Talk‘s hosts, Martin-Green shared a video of her emotional reaction to finding out she had landed the role of First Officer Michael Burnham on Discovery.

Discussing that moment, Martin-Green said:

That was a whirlwind of a moment. We were in Buenos Aires at the time and it had moved on from me… I had finished up on Walking Dead and that was done, it was in the can and then Star Trek came… so it was very divine. One door closed and another opened.

She continued by talking about how important the optimistic vision of Star Trek can be:

I think about what it means to see ourselves and I think about our young people watching… I think about the legacy of Star Trek itself and how the universality is the spirit of it and how we are continuing with that. Not even just with me — we also have the first Asian female captain and we also have the first female captain with a female first officer. We have a very positive relationship there. And we have the first openly gay officer, as well.

Discussing the current political climate in the United States and around the world, Martin-Green got emotional, saying:

I think it means a lot to see a picture of that utopian future, where we can be together and it doesn’t matter what and really respect each other and embrace each other… I think to be able to see that means everything.

We highly recommend you check out the video of yourself.

Star Trek: Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green on The Talk

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 PM ET on CBS. Immediately following the first episode’s release, the second episode will be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access, with subsequent episodes released on Sundays. The first eight episodes will run from September 24 through November 5, with the series returning in January 2018. is your dedicated source for all the latest news on Star Trek: Discovery. Follow @TrekNewsnet on Twitter, TrekNews on Facebook, @TrekNews on Instagram and TrekNewsnet on YouTube.

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