In Solo: A Star Wars Story the droid L3-37 played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge stole all the scenes she was in. During the Solo press junket that Disney provided hotel and transportation for, we were able to sit down with Phoebe Waller-Bridge and chat about L3-37 and her part in the Solo: A Star Wars Story. And even though she hadn’t seen any of the movies before getting the part, she was quite excited to get the part and see the final result.
Star Wars has always used the droids to bring humor into certain moments where humor might not normally fit. L3-37 brought a lot of humor to her scenes as she was a precocious robot who believed all robots should be free. Phoebe even got the part because in her audition she surprised everyone with how she read for the robot. She said,
they were, like, “Wow, you’re taking the story thing very lightly.” And I’m like, “Oh. Is she not a person?”
Being a Droid
Phoebe Waller-Bridge told us that she didn’t have to work out or train to be L3-37. They liked how she was awkwardly walking and how she was talking. They said they wanted her to be more relaxed. She went on to describe L3-37 as a robot that created herself.
she’s built herself to be more — not like, more human, but more relaxed, in her voice, and her body, and everything.
L3-37 sort of wakes up in the middle of the movie and makes a stand. She acts on her convictions and courage for what she believes is right.
I just assumed that she didn’t wear a costume. I assumed she just wore one of those suits full of tracking points on it, but she said she had a tight green leotard and some actual metal attachments attached to her. They started by completely scanning her body, then building the suit around her. She had legs drilled onto her and arms, and then a chest plate and a head. She went on to say,
But it was the first time that they’d created a droid that kind of move properly and be more flexible. And I could move all of my joints. Because she’s a self-made droid, so she created herself to be…as flexible, bigger, faster, stronger, than any other droids that she would’ve met.
A Love Story
L3-37 is Lando’s partner in Solo: A Star Wars Story. We don’t get much of a background here and I would love it if they got their own story. We do find out though that they have feelings for each other. Phoebe went on to say that it’s not the “bat your eyes” at each other kind of love. “It’s a love story that surprises you.” She said that they are very rude to each other and that’s a sign of love. She said what they have isn’t obvious until that moment and then it’s glorious.
L3-37 Has Heart
Phoebe said that she can’t take all the credit for L3-37’s heart. She said the script gets a lot of credit here. She did go on to say that the heart is where you start for any character alive or not.
But I think you have to sort of start at the heart, with any character, no matter what they’re made out of. [LAUGHS] And I felt like she had a huge amount of heart and passion, and even though she sort of wakes up halfway through the film to what her passion is, and, it’s nice, knowing you’re building to something like that as well. And humor as well.
Well,…..it’s a film celebrating individuality and individual causes and having courage of your own convictions. ……………But also, yeah, there’re so many amazing relationships in it, and I think it’s inspiring, and the trust it takes to partner up with somebody, and I hope that inspires them as well……..also, wanting to be careful, because some people betray you. Trust no one.
You can see how L3-37 takes over a few scenes in Solo: A Star Wars movie this weekend. Tickets are now on sale for a few screenings tonight. It officially opens tomorrow.