Mary Chieffo, who plays the Klingon L'Rell in the new series, told TV Guide on the CBS Summer Soiree red carpet on Tuesday Martin-Green is the glue that keeps their cast together thanks to her diligent attention to the people working around her.
"I think the casting of a woman and specifically a woman of color and specifically Sonequa Martin-Green is profound," Chieffo said. "She treats us all as unique individuals. She respects us...She comes into the prosthetic trailer when I've had a big day and checks in with me. [She] says hi when she's off doing all these other epic things. She organizes game nights. We have dinners."
Martin-Green's behind the scenes compassion makes it that much more exciting to follow her journey in the new series. Along with being the first woman of color to lead a Trek series, Martin-Green's First Officer Michael Burnham is also the first non-Captain character to lead a series. Chieffo is excited to see a woman have that kind of arc on such an iconic show.
"I think, too, having a woman as the protagonist — they have to change the most. We've seen that a lot. We've seen a lot of great male protagonists," she said. "To see a female have to make that turn, to have that journey from point a to point b, I think is really, really important and exciting. Sonequa couldn't be a better person for that job."
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30/7:30c on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.
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Additional reporting by Lindsay MacDonald