Sonequa Martin-Green also had a childhood crush on Sam Elliott: ‘oh that gruff voice’

I love Sonequa Martin-Green of Walking Dead and Star Trek: Discovery. She’s always so much fun in interviews and she was on my new favorite talk show, Busy Tonight. (Busy grew on me, I’ve explained it.) Sonequa said that she had a crush on Sam Elliott growing up. Do you guys remember Regina King swooning over Sam Elliott and mentioning what a joy it was to finally meet him? That makes more sense as Regina is 48 and said she used to watch Roadhouse all the time. Sonequa is just 33 but she said that her mom got her into Sam Elliott when she was growing up.

I hear that one of your childhood crushes is nominated for an Oscar
My mom is obsessed with Sam Elliott. We grew up watching what she wanted to watch, kung fu movies and westerns. So she loves Sam Elliott and I just took it on with her. I was 10. ‘Oh that gruff voice. He’s so handsome’

You also had a passion for martial arts as a child? You are certified in 8 different weapon disciplinaries?
It’s unarmed, rapier and dagger, single sword, small sword, sword and shield, quarter staff, knife…

That’s incredible that you took to it because you’ve had these physically demanding roles. Have you have a totally insane day on a set?
On Walking Dead we had to do this scene in a basement and it’s flooded and the walkers are disgusting. So we had to be in water up to our waist. In the safety meeting they go ‘You are at risk for hypothermia. Make sure if you’re feeling cold you get out.’ There is so much attention to detail on that show. They are very serious about safety. Now on Star Trek I’m flying all the time because I’m doing wire work and I’m loving it.

The stunt team tells me to stop sticking my tongue out because I love it so much. They’re like ‘Sonequa this is serious.’ But this brings me joy!

Everyone loves Sam Elliott! I think that category will go to either Mahershala Ali or Richard E Grant but Sam Elliott is so deserving too. Hopefully he’ll get another shot at it.

I remember that flooded basement scene she mentioned from Walking Dead! It was in the church and they were trying to retrieve supplies. She mentioned this without complaining about it, she just implied it was rough and complimented their safety measures, and then went on to explain how much she loves flying on Star Trek. Also, now I want to take martial arts classes. I’m serious. I took a Krav Maga self defense class that was meant to sell us classes. I really considered it, but the times were limited and it was expensive. How cool is it that she is certified in all those weapons?

Here’s that part of the interview. The other section, where she talks about Star Trek: Discovery, is here. In that video she talked about how happy she was to work with her husband, Kenric Green, on both Walking Dead and now Star Trek. She said she wishes she could do everything with him and that it’s good for their son, who is four. Then they did a Star Trek makeover on an audience member which was crazy and so Busy.

Sonequa was so watchable on Busy’s show that I forgot about the sack they put her in for the Costume Designers Guild Awards. I covered that here, but Tom and Lorenzo explained it much better. They called this an FMO dress, for models only, and only in the right conditions like a runway or photoshoot.


There are more Sam Elliott photos in the gallery for people who came here looking for that silver fox. (I’m sorry Anderson Cooper.) Also, does anyone else hear his voice in their head when they see his picture? That voice.

photos credit: WENN and Youtube screenshot

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  1. Incredulous says:

    Krav Maga classes everywhere are expensive. Find something cheaper that includes grabs and throws and knees and elbows and headbutts. (Also something that explains the law as it pertains to assault, et cetera)

  2. Astrid says:

    yes! the voice!

  3. harla says:

    I’ve had the absolute pleasure of meeting Sam Elliott several times and I can still remember clearly him heading out the door, turning and giving me a grin and saying “bye darlin”, omg I get weak-kneed just thinking about it!!! And another time I saw his was right after he was done working his horses and bucking hay, omg that man, all hot and sweaty is….is…there just aren’t words!!! Off to take a cold shower now!!

    • Zapp Brannigan says:

      Green with envy here, tell us more!

    • isabelle says:

      He has a ranch? They adds to his masculinity “air”.

    • Laura Cee says:

      I am going to need exact GPS co-ordinates for where you saw him working with his horses…asking for a friend.

    • harla says:

      LOL, you guys are too funny!!! He and his wife are/were very much into horses, horse shows all that great cowboying type of stuff. God just remembering him in a tight t-shirt all sweaty is giving me a hot flash that I might not recover from 🙂 I can tell you that he is one of the nicest “stars” I’ve had the pleasure of meeting, very down-to-earth and very much a manly man but not in a toxic way, more in an old fashion cowboy, respectful of women kind of way.

  4. pippilongdivision says:

    Paloma Faith wore that dress to the Brit Awards and it was just as unfortunate on her. I’ve had summer coverup dresses like that (which, let’s be real, is basically just a big skirt hiked up to the armpits) but that fabric! Metallic electric peach? Hard side eye. At least it looks comfy.

  5. Onemoretime says:

    I think she is so beautiful and I loved her on the walking dead

  6. Heat says:

    Sam Elliott was great in I’ll See You In My Dreams with Blythe Danner from a few years ago too.

  7. LWT00 says:

    I shared this story on another article but I’ll repost because, well, Sam Elliot!

    My husband as an actor in We Were Soldiers, and had a scene where he got to work with Sam. To this day, if he sees Sam in *anything*, he’ll go on and on about how he’s the kindest, most professional, most generous actor he’s ever worked with. It was hubby’s first real role and he’ll never forget how great SE was to him.

  8. Haapa says:

    Honk for Sam Elliott!