Working with DuVernay was one of the highlights for the young actress.

“Everything she makes, she makes for a reason. Just being with her inspires me to be my best self, but when I’m working it inspires me to tell a truthful story, and under these circumstances tell the truth,” she said. “She is such a powerhouse, that of course you always want to do your best, but she inspires you to do that on her own without making you feel some pressure.”


In the comics, Naomi has a complicated multiverse origin story. However, The CW frequently adjusts its heroes’ backstories to make them work better for television, which has fans wondering how much of Naomi’s comics story will be shown in Season 1?

“This first season is really about Naomi finding out who she is. It’s set up as an origin story and origin stories are so special, because you can really connect with the character knowing them before they discover whatever powers they had,” Walfall said. “As we go through the season you see Naomi’s origin story, but you also see some of the other characters’ origin stories, so I’m really excited to be able to see that.”


As for those other characters, no superhero is complete without a team.

“She has her best friend Annabelle (Mary-Charles Jones), who she loves spending time with so much because Annabelle’s positivity really helps Naomi,” Walfall continued. “Then she’s also got Nathan (Daniel Puig), Anthony (Will Meyers), Lourdes (Camila Moreno) and Jacob (Aidan Gemme), and those are her core high school friends that we see in the show, and they’re all different, but they all inspire Naomi and she loves them so much.”


Heroic role model characters like this don’t come along often for young Black girls, so there’s definitely pressure for Walfall, but she’s finding the positivity in that.

“I feel a lot of pressure, I’m still a teenager, and this is my first bigger role,” she said. “The response I’ve got, especially from younger Black girls just excited to see the show, has been heartwarming.


“I also think pressure is a thing that has weight to it, so it’s a positive thing too,” Walfall continued. “To have weight for a project, and to have it really mean something is a positive thing that I’m really excited for people to see.”

Naomi premieres Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 9 pm on The CW.