Danai Gurira Talks Growing Up In Zimbabwe On 'The Tonight Show' With Jimmy Fallon

Actress and playwright Danai Gurira sat down with Jimmy Fallon to talk growing up in Zimbabwe and Christmas in Harare on 'The Tonight Show'

“Christmas is actually really big in Zimbabwe,” Danai Gurira said on last night’s Tonight Show. “They have a lot of British influences. A lot of it was very very similar. They call it Father Christmas. Though I think now they call it Santa, but back then it was Father Christmas.”

The Zimbabwean-American actress and playwright sat down with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday to chat about her experiences growing up in Harare.

“You’re from Iowa?” Fallon asked. Sort of, the 37-year-old actress said. It’s where her mother gave birth to her. When she was five, Gurira and her family moved to Zimbabwe, where her parents are from. A lot of people were moving back after independence, she explained. “Let’s go back and sort of invest in the new nation and bring our children home to be raised there, so that’s what my parents did,” she said.

2015 has been a monumental year for Gurira. On Saturday, the actress was honored as "Person of the Year" at the African Diaspora Awards in New York City. On top of starring as Michonne in The Walking Dead, Eclipsed, the Liberian civil war drama Gurira penned in 2009, debuted at New York’s Public Theater with Lupita Nyong’o in the lead. In February, the play will head to Broadway.

In the second of the videos below, Gurira sheds some light on how Nyong'o came to star in the Public Theater's–and soon Broadway–production of Eclipsed.

Watch Danai Gurira’s Tonight Show appearance ahead of this Sunday’s Walking Dead mid-season finale below.

Danai Gurira getting ready for tonight's show! (?: @danaigurira) #FallonTonight

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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