Though Simone Missick has been confirmed as appearing as Misty Knight in Luke Cage for quite some time, little has been revealed on what exact role she will play in the upcoming Netflix show. With the premiere of Luke Cage nearing, Missick opened up a little bit about her character in a recent interview with the Hallmark Channel.

“She is bad. Bad ass. She’s a detective in Harlem, grew up in Harlem and she is really passionate about her community and passionate about the people who live there,” Missick said when asked about what type of character Misty Knight is. “You know, she was an athlete growing up so we see a strong woman, not only mentally but physically and she also has this amazing super power called “Misty Vision” that she uses as a detective. She has the ability to look at her crime scene and figure out what happened.

According to Missick, a Detroit native, growing up in an inner-city environment had a big part in helping her prepare the role.

“Harlem feels a lot like Detroit to me, it’s got a lot of history to it,” Missick responded. “Harlem has the Harlem Renaissance, Detroit has Motown and the people there are very warm and welcoming.”

A big part of the publicity surrounding Marvel’s first series that showcases a predominantly black cast has been the cultural impact it will leave once it premieres. In today’s world, it’s no secret there appears to be quite a racial divide when it comes to protests such as the Black Lives Matter movement as well as the national anthem protests happening across many professional sports leagues and Missick wasn’t short for words when it came to that topic.

“I think it has opened it up, which is important. I think with the election of Barack Obama there was this feeling that life is different and we live in this society where everyone loves each other then we see this teenager and the subsequent deaths of these men and women over these past eight years of the Presidency and it opens up everyone’s idea of what is justice in this society.”

“I applaud Colin Kaepernick for using his platform in the way that he can. As an actor, you really think “How can I make a difference if I’m not creating my own show or writing a project where we talk about these things?” and as an athlete, you think the same thing. But that’s his way of exercising his Constitutional rights, to have a protest. I think that is something that needs to be discussed, and I don’t look at it as a disrespectful act to this country. I think that you can be patriotic and still respect and expect for there to be change and I think that’s what he’s doing and I think that it’s important.”

Missick’s full interview with the Hallmark Channel can be seen below:

Luke Cage starring Missick as Misty Knight and Mike Colter as Luke Cage premieres on Friday, September 30th exclusively on Netflix.

Source: Hallmark Channel.