Any type of Star Wars anything I’m in. I’m 100% Geek on that. Grew up with it (even in the 80s) and have watched the new ones as well as animated series. I’ve been a fan of the strong women ever since Leia. So interviewing the Strong Women of Star Wars Rebels I was excited about. Both Vanessa Marshall and are excited and understand the significance of the roles they are playing. Here’s a bit from the interview.
Vanessa Marshall kinda had a feeling from the get go that this role she was auditioning for MAY be part of Star Wars. She shares some of that insight:
Vanessa: Yeah, they said that my character was a strong leader against the tyranny and da da da. I’m like, hmm, well, all right, alliance.
So, I actually sort of transposed what I know about Star Wars onto the little copy [CHUCKLES], and, and I got a callback. I thought, oh, cool, I’m gonna be a wolf or [LAUGHS]. When I got to the callbacks —
Tiya: Oh, you saw a character.
Vanessa: I saw a drawing of the character on the wall, and I know what race that is. I mean that’s not a Trekkie. [CHUCKLES] You know, I know exactly what’s going on here. It sort of dawned on me in the moment, and I had to pull it together. Because I’m such a huge fan. If I really thought about it, I’d probably have a heart attack, but I’m also a professional, so I was able to do my job and I showed up and I did a good job clearly and then I got the call.
Then, then I hyperventilated. My agent was literally afraid for my life. [LAUGHS] She was like, honey, do I need to call a paramedic? [LAUGHS] And I mean she probably should have [CHUCKLES], ’cause I couldn’t stop going, oh, my God, oh, my — you know, I was crying. Ohh, anyway.
Vanessa chats about her character Hera:
Vanessa: Well, you know, Hera is the leader and, and while she is fierce, she’s a great fighter and a great pilot, she’s also very nurturing, and she sort of plays a maternal role within the crew. I think she sets a really great example, and I think she does a lot of mentoring to Sabine. Now, I will also say parenthetically as a Star Wars fan, she is a Mandalorian. So I personally bow down to her character.
Tiya: But that’s Vanessa not [LAUGHS] — Hera.
Vanessa: Right. Getting back to Hera. I do think it’s really wonderful that Star Wars Rebels embodies two female characters that we all can aspire to act like them whether we’re adults or children or even little boys or little girls. I’ve said before that the empire universally oppresses all races and all gender to where it sort of neutralizes elements. These aren’t good women or good female characters. They’re all good people.
Both share their feelings on being a Strong Female Character:
Vanessa: We’re not even thinking in terms of gender or class. We’re united towards doing the right thing. So, while they are strong, female characters, it’s also kinda cool that there’s this different element that even transcends those distinctions.
Tiya: And not to get too, you know, well, social commentary on you, but there are, in my own personal opinion, so many female personalities that [CHUCKLES], well, for better or worse, they may be famous not for a specific skill or talent but just famous for the sake of being famous. And maybe not for the right reasons — if you know what I mean. Which I think you do — because you’re all nodding.
So, it’s — such an honor and it makes me cringe, you know, I don’t have kids, but it makes me cringe to think like all little girls are like — this is what they have to look up to and to aspire to be, and it’s worrisome for me. So, to me, it’s such an honor to get to play this female character who, you know, n—Sabine’s a teenager and yet she is so intelligent and so not even concerned about the superficial stuff whatsoever.
ABOUT THE SERIES
tar Wars: Episode IV A New Hope captivated an entire generation in 1977, launching a saga that has been embraced by generations as a timeless epic. Now, the Star Wars saga continues with Star Wars Rebels, a new half-hour animated action series on Disney XD that introduces a thrilling cast of characters that are new to the Star Wars universe.
The adventures focus on Ezra, a street-smart teenage boy who has joined a small band of rebels that engage in daring missions of sabotage and resistance against the Empire. Members of this rag-tag group of rebels include Kanan, a cowboy Jedi; Hera, an ace Twi’lek pilot; Sabine, a Mandalorian street artist who happens to be an explosives expert; Zeb, an agile fighter and the “muscle” of the group; and Chopper, the grumpy but good-hearted droid. Together this motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost face threatening villains, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.
“Star Wars Rebels” series premiere is tonight and tomorrow you can but the movie on DVD!!
***Disclosure: I attended the #DisneyInHomeEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***