For one of her roles, Danai Gurira wears a wig. For the other, she is completely bald. Between Michonne on The Walking Dead and Okoye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Danai Gurira has little control over her personal hairstyle.
Gurira, however, doesn’t mind the look which has been thrust upon her by the roles she is playing in the biggest show on cable and in the biggest movie of next year. In fact, the completely bald look only recently debuted when the first teaser trailer for Black Panther debuted online ahead of the announcement of the actress’ involvement in Avengers: Infinity War.
Gurira appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Friday, where she stopped by to promote her new All Eyez on Me film, but found herself talking about The Walking Dead and Avengers as much as anyone might expect.
“I left my hair at home today!” Gurira joked when she first sat down. An intrigued Kelly Ripa immediately wanted to know more about the bald look Gurira is sporting.
“That’s a wig,” Gurira said of Michonne’s dreads. “My hair has always been short-ish. This is for the role I play in Black Panther and the Avengers. I’ve been doing this since late November. At first, I was like really freaked out. I looked in the mirror and I’d be like, ‘Huh?!’ I couldn’t believe who is… I was like, ‘Who is that?’ It’s so different from having a little bit of hair. I was really freaked out when I first started to do it.”
While many suspected Gurira’s involvement in the Avengers film to spell doom for Michonne on her AMC series, the comments regarding the simple swap in look using a wig sure reassure those feeling a bit panicked.