Finding an actress to play Michael Burnham was a “tall order,” says executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “She has to have this remarkable duality inside of her… highly emotional, but in a way that is contained,” he says. “She’s struggling between the two parts of herself. Unlike Spock, who is half-human, half-Vulcan, she is all human, but she’s been trained with the kind of Vulcan emotional-suppression ideology, and that is very challenging for her… you can see that wrestling match going on in every moment. That was the single most important thing to define the character, and I think we just had a sense that (Sonequa) intuitively understood it.” ALSO: Saru has become Star Trek: Discovery’s most divisive character.