Sonequa Martin-Green Looks Forward to Showing Her Kids “Star Trek: Discovery”: 'Lead by Example' (Exclusive)

The actress, who plays the first Black female captain in the fandom, shares her two kids with husband Kenric Green

Rachel Murray/Getty Sonequa Martin-Green
Rachel Murray/Getty Sonequa Martin-Green

Sonequa Martin-Green can't wait to show her kids her newest TV show.

The actress, who plays Michael Burnham in Star Trek: Discovery, chatted with PEOPLE at SCAD TVFest in Atlanta, Georgia, and revealed whether her son has seen the show yet.

Martin-Green, 38, shares her two kids — son Kenric Justin III, 9, and daughter Saraiyah Chaunté, 3 — with husband Kenric Green, 41.

"He hasn't seen it yet because there's still some aspects of it," she says, noting that the show can be violent. "But he's like, 'Oh, why are they doing that to you, Mommy?' You know what I mean?"

"We're still there at that point, so I'm excited for the day that I can show him the show. And I'm very excited to show it to my daughter who was not even here with us when we first started."

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"I could really cry talking about [how] I might be able to lead by example, what I might be able to show them by example and teach them from what I've experienced and how they might benefit from it. That's everything right there," she shares.

In the show's fifth season, Martin-Green plays the first Black female captain in the Star Trek universe.

In 2021, the star told Parents magazine that she had experienced a hurdle while nursing her then 10-month-old daughter Saraiyah. She said her milk production "took a big hit" when she didn't drink plenty of water.

"I exclusively breastfeed my daughter, Saraiyah, who turns 1 in July. Well, I recently went too many days without drinking enough water, and my production took a big hit," she said, adding, "It can be rectified, but it's a very involved, multistep process. Sigh. Where's my gallon jug and my tinctures?"

Martin-Green also revealed the sweet way her firstborn always said he wanted to marry her one day.

"When my son Kenric was younger he used to ask all the time if he could marry me. I met him with love for feeling that way but also gently explained why it's not possible," she shared.

"I thought those days were over, but he recently said over dinner, 'I think when I grow up, I'll marry you, Mommy.' He's 6, and I'm a puddle on the floor."

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