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Danai Gurira Reveals What She Eats to Make Her Feel Good

Danai Gurira Reveals What She Eats to Make Her Feel Good

Danai Gurira is on the cover of Shape magazine’s May 2019 issue.

Here’s what the 41-year-old Black Panther star had to share with the mag…

On putting in work that pays off: “For me, the coolest thing is when you feel the work pay off. You exercise a lot, and you’re doing your job, shooting long hours. And then you go to work one day, and you have to do something physical…and your body just knows how to do it. That happened for me in The Walking Dead and Black Panther. I thought, Oh, my God, I did that, and it was not dif­ficult. And I knew that my body was getting smarter as I was devoting hours to its upkeep. It delivered at the moments when I needed it to.”

On eating what makes you feel good: “Five years ago, I made the decision to eat cleaner. I try to avoid dairy, I eat mainly fish, and I have a lot of vegetables. It doesn’t make sense as a meal to me if there is no green on my plate. Eating this way truly made me feel better, and so I’ve stuck with it.”

On aiming for messy, not perfect: “I believe women should be able to play roles that are messy and contradictory and complicated and not always likable, just as men have. To me, that’s equality. But we can’t overcorrect and make all female characters strong and perfect. Because that is also limiting and restricting. Women should be able to portray the full gamut of human experience. There’s a lot of power in complexity.”

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Credit: James Macari/Shape
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