Rosario Dawson opened up about joining The Mandalorian as Ahsoka Tano and being amazed by the life-like nature of Baby Yoda on set.
A new interview with Rosario Dawson sees the star explain what it was like seeing the animatronic version of Baby Yoda/Grogu on The Mandalorian set. As fans will already know, the actor debuted on the Disney Plus series as Ahsoka Tano in the most recent episode and was met with much praise from the Star Wars community. But when Dawson spoke to Vanity Fair about playing the character, she explained that the Baby Yoda/Grogu model is “unbelievable.”
“It built it up for me. Like, what is it going to be like when I get on set? And actually some of the guys who worked with Grogu were folks I had met before, because they worked on Men in Black II with the worm guys. So it’s like, these people have been doing this for a really, really long time, and there’s several different guys, and one controls the ears, and the other one the eyes, and the arms are moving. You’re holding this adorable, unbelievably cute, tiny little creature, and it’s blinking, it’s looking at you, and its mouth is moving, and its ears are moving, and it’s so soft, the little hairs on its head. [Sighs.] I mean, it’s unbelievable. I completely was with Werner. I understood what he was going on about.”
During the interview, Rosario Dawson also revealed that she was on-set the day that the photo of George Lucas cradling Grogu was taken. The star explained that she was in her full costume as Ahsoka Tano just out of the frame. She noted that it was an“ amazing moment.” Obviously fans weren’t to know at the time that the episode being shot would reveal Baby Yoda’s real name as Grogu as well as explaining part of his history. Take a look at Dawson discussing the George Lucas photo below.
“I actually got to be there on the day that there’s that photo. Someone took a picture of George Lucas holding Baby Yoda. I’m still calling him Baby Yoda—Grogu! I was there that day. I was all dressed up, I was just off to the side of that photo, all done up as Ahsoka. And I remember it broke the internet when that picture came out. It was just an amazing, amazing moment, and we were all beside ourselves. It was definitely very “geek out.”
What did you think to discovering Baby Yoda’s real name? Did you like seeing Rosario Dawson As Ahsoka Tano? What else do you want to see from The Mandalorian? Sound-off in the comments below!
The Mandalorian stars Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito and Carl Weathers, with Rosario Dawson joining the series as Ahsoka Tano. The Star Wars project is being directed by series creator Jon Favreau, executive producer Dave Filoni and fellow season one directors Rick Famuyiwa and Bryce Dallas Howard. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed will also helm at least one episode as will star Carl Weathers and Sin City helmer Robert Rodriguez.
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Source: Vanity Fair