Mary Elizabeth Winstead, spoke to EW’s Dagobah Dispatch podcast about stepping into the role of Hera Syndulla, first seen in the animated series Star Wars Rebels, and explained how she used that as inspiration.
“Having a character who’s already existed and has such a rich history on something like Rebels, as an actor, it’s incredible,” Winstead explained in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly‘s Dagobah Dispatch podcast. “Because sometimes we’re tasked with creating our own backstories or trying to flesh out a character that doesn’t really have that much on the page. And so to play a character that has season after season of storylines and complex histories with everyone in their life and relationships and experiences was really something I’ve never experienced quite like that… To have Rebels to refer to, and to have [Rebels and Ahsoka creator Dave Filoni] to speak to about it every day on set, was a real luxury for sure.”
So who is the Hera viewers will meet on Ahsoka, and is she any different from the one we saw on Rebels? “I see Hera as an incredibly strong but complicated person,” Winstead sats. “She is very maternal, but also she’s this leader of this crew. And as we see, she continues and becomes a general. And so she’s leading quite a lot of people and she’s become something of a legend in her own right.”
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