EXCLUSIVE: Sonequa Martin-Green Hopes Her 'Star Trek: Discovery' Role 'Knocks Down Some Walls'

Sonequa Martin-Green is spearheading a lot of "firsts" with her role on Star Trek: Discovery. 

The upcoming CBS All Access series features a black female lead, an Asian female captain, a female first officer, and the first openly gay character in a Star Trek TV series -- and ET's Leanne Aguilera got the scoop from Martin-Green on what it all means. 

"We know our power, but to see it in action is very empowering," she explained. "I hope that it expands people's thinking -- especially young girls -- [and] stretches out the edges of their parameters, and knocks down some of those walls." 

The actress' character, Michael Burnham, was raised as a Vulcan by Spock's father, Sarek -- a familial connection that wasn't mentioned in the original Star Trek series. 

"That canon is very important to us. It's everything. It's our foundation and we definitely honor it," Martin-Green revealed, keeping her lips sealed on how the show will explain the relationship. "I will say that it will make sense." 

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sept. 24 on CBS All Access.