by Johnni Macke | Mon., Oct. 1, 2018 12:37 PM
The 40-year-old actress is so honored by her solo PCAs finalist nod for Action Movie Star of 2018 that when E! News caught up to her at the 2018 Global Citizen Festival, which aired on MSNBC on Saturday, she was a little tongue-tied.
"Listen, I'm really floored by it. I'm thankful for it. All you try and do is give your all to what you're given. It's a privileged to get to tell stories," Gurira told E! News before heading into the festival.
"I'm thankful for the fact that I got to tell Okoye's story. Being able to stand in that position as a woman who loves her nation, a woman who is in command of her nation's security, actually stewarding its advancement. It was an amazing role to play," she continued.
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"I had an amazing time. There was a lot of passionate stuff in there for me because I am from the continents as well as from here," she added. "Getting to tell that story on that platform, there was nothing like it."
Gurira might've been a little overwhelmed—in a good way—by all of the fan support that led to her PCAs finalist status, but she was still ready to give some love back to everyone who has voted thus far.
"It's just gratitude that I feel honestly. If she resonated that to me is so amazing," she said. "It's actually, I don't even know what words to put to it, except thanks guys. It's very cool to have your work resonate with folks. It's very cool."
The Walking Dead returns for season nine on Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. on AMC, so get ready to watch the actress back in action very soon.
Oh, and you know, vote for her for the PCAs, because the final round of voting closes on Friday, Oct. 19 and you don't want to miss out!