Kelly & Michael: Danai Gurira Childhood + The Walking Dead Review

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Kelly & Michael: Danai Gurira

Danai Gurira came by to talk to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about what’s been going on with The Walking Dead. I was so excited for this interview. I’m pretty obsessed with this show, and I think her character Michonne is amazing. She’s really grown throughout the show. She’s also an award-winning playwright. I didn’t know that. She looked beautiful.

Kelly & Michael: Danai Gurira Childhood

Kelly & Michael: Danai Gurira Childhood + The Walking Dead Review

Danai Gurira talked to Kelly & Michael about ‘The Walking Dead’ and living in Zimbabwe. (Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com)

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Gurira was born in Iowa, but she moved to Zimbabwe when she was five. Her parents were from Zimbabwe and they wanted to go home. It was a bit of a culture shock for her. For example, they kept saying America instead of the U.S. and she didn’t get it. She was a jock and a geek as a child.

Her parents were pretty lax about what she watched so she watched Dynasty and Dallas and she used to do imitations of them. Her siblings thought she was crazy or she’d be an actor. She was also a swimmer and she was super competitive. It’s a solo sport and she got a little too stressed the night before an event. She was the best at freestyle, but she loved the breaststroke. Exhale in the water and inhale when you turn, she said.

Kelly & Michael: The Walking Dead Review

In the clip of The Walking Dead, Michonne talked to Rick about how much she misses the people they lost more than her sword. Kelly asked how they maintain the cleanliness of their wardrobes. They’re good at keeping them not actually apocalyptic, just apocalyptic-seeming. Gurira forgets to shave her armpits sometimes in real life because of the show. Then she has to do it on the way to an event. She shaved for Kelly & Michael though.

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Gurira was part of the Halloween show last year. Michael dressed up as Michonne. He nailed it and she was flattered. She gave him a C- for the way he handled his sword in the picture, but he had the eyes perfectly, so she liked that. They happened to have swords with them and she taught Kelly & Michael had to use the swords as they ended the interview. That’s really cool.

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Michonne’s known for her swords, though she doesn’t have them anymore. The Walking Dead airs on Sundays on AMC.

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