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DCTV Pride Profile: Thunder | DC

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Who is Thunder?

Real Name: Anissa Pierce
Appears on: Black Lightning
Played by: Nafessa Williams

As the eldest daughter of Jefferson Pierce (Black Lightning) and Dr. Lynn Stewart, Anissa Pierce is a unprecedented activist who embodies Black empowerment and homosexual pleasure whereas combating for justice in Freeland, Georgia. A metahuman like her father and her youthful sister, Jennifer Pierce (Lightning), Anissa can thunder-clap seismic power and stomp shockwaves by using breath management. Headstrong and filled with resolve, her actions usually straddle the road of ethical ambiguity, a lot to her mother and father’ dismay. But fortunately, with just a little assist from her decided sister and her roguish spouse, Grace Choi (performed by Chantal Thuy), Anissa will all the time discover a method to get again heading in the right direction.

Essential Episodes

Season 1, Episode 1: “The Resurrection”
Season 1, Episode 4: “Black Jesus”
Season 2, Episode 1: “The Book of Consequences, Chapter One: Rise of the Green Light Babies”
Season 3, Episode 1: “The Book of Occupation, Chapter One: Birth of the Blackbird”
Season 4, Episode 8: “The Book of Ruin, Chapter Three: Things Fall Apart” (above)
Season 4, Episode 9: “The Book of Ruin, Chapter Four: Lying”

Powers and Abilities

  • Accelerated Healing
  • Energy Projection
  • Invulnerability
  • Superhuman Strength

Inside the Character with Nafessa Williams

What excites you about enjoying Thunder?

It’s all the time been a dream to play a superhero. It’s all the time been a dream to be a part of a challenge the place motion is concerned, and stunts are concerned, so the entire superhero factor is what actually acquired me. And actually simply how unapologetic Thunder is. Knowing that she is a daughter of, and part of, the primary Black superhero household. When I learn the script, that actually, actually excited me and made me—no query—need to bounce on board.

Is there a second from Thunder’s appearances in comics that impressed a facet of your character?

I keep in mind studying the comics and seeing Thunder’s hair. It was simply very pure and genuine to how Black girls put on their hair. Salim Akil and I had been all the time on the identical web page as to desirous to make sure that Thunder represented how Black women actually put on their hair, so it’s been enjoyable going via Thunder’s hair journey on the present! And I get actually cool suggestions from Black girls who see themselves in her—who see their coiffure, their persona and their angle.

Do you discover you establish with Anissa Pierce in some methods?

She actually doesn’t take no for a solution and I’ve that in me. When I need to do one thing and I’ve my thoughts set on it, nothing or nobody can actually deter me from getting it achieved. That dedication, that drive that Thunder has, is a top quality that I’ve inside myself. Another factor is—I’m an older sister! And China McClain and I had an immediate connection. Our chemistry has been actually, actually stunning. I knew what that overprotective-big-sister power was like, so Thunder and I additionally share that in frequent as properly. It was fairly easy to step into that house.

Can you inform us about a number of the constructive suggestions you’ve obtained in portraying a queer superhero onscreen?

One particularly that may by no means go away my thoughts is a younger lady who got here as much as me and stated that after seeing Thunder on the present, she felt regular being a lesbian. It introduced me to tears. It simply made me really feel like as an artist, I’m strolling in my objective and I’m getting used for one thing higher than myself. So simply, lesbian girls reaching out to me saying that they really feel the visibility, that they get to see themselves, they get to see a lesbian character who’s out and unapologetically who she is. Some folks say that it’s modified their house settings, in that their households and fogeys assist them the way in which that Jefferson and Lynn assist Thunder. It wasn’t a coming-out second, it was simply who she was they usually supported that.
 

All 4 seasons of Black Lightning are actually streaming on Netflix.

Look for extra DCTV Pride Profiles in DC Pride and all all through the month on DCComics.com.

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