Danai Grimes The Walking DeadCourtesy of AMC; Everett Collection

Danai Gurira is the newest member of AMC’s The Walking Dead cast, and so far—even though we’ve only seen a small amount of her—she’s been a powerful addition. We were first introduced to her in last year’s season finale, when her only appearance was in a forest, wielding a sword and two very angry-looking dogs on chains. And when we saw her at the Women in Hollywood dinner in Los Angeles (looking incredibly less frightening) we found out there’s one particular strong woman who inspired her role. “My trainer had me watch several films, but he absolutely had me watch Kill Bill,” Grimes told InStyle.com. “It’s absurdly entertaining. I looked at Uma Thurman’s [work] a lot as I prepared for the show. I had some fun watching her. That’s a lot of work she did. It’s no joke.” Tune in tonight to see more of her zombie-fighting skills in action—a new episode airs at 9 p.m. EST on AMC.

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