‘Women with AK-47s, dressed very hip’: Walking Dead star Danai Gurira reveals the inspiration behind her Liberia-based play Eclipsed

(By Ross Mcdonagh For Dailymail.com)

In The Walking Dead she plays a katana-wielding badass who drags two jawless zombies around an apocalyptic wasteland on a chain.

But it is in real life where Danai Gurira has encountered the most unsettling stuff.

The 37-year-old spoke to DuJour about her play Eclipsed, based on the lives of five women in war-torn Liberia, which is currently running off-Broadway in New York.

'I was enthralled by an image I saw in the New York Times in 2003 of women in the Liberian war right when it was at its climax,' she said. 'There were some women rebel fighters who were getting attention in the Western press because no one had ever seen anything like this.

'I was raised in Africa and I had never seen anything like it, women with AK-47s, dressed very hip and looking formidable. I was keen to one day pursue that story and put it on the stage.'

The actress and playwright was born in Iowa in the US but was raised in Zimbabwe from the age of five, when her parents moved back there after the country gained its independence. READ MORE OF THIS STORY ON DAILY MAIL

 

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