Disney provided hotel and transportation to LA for the Star Wars Press Junket.
I think we all have that one movie that was a pivotal moment to our childhood. A movie that we watched over and over again, a movie that touched us or moved us. Me, my movie was Jurassic Park, which I owned on VHS. I watched that movie night and day, I watched that movie so much my VHS stopped playing. At that age, I never imagined that I would be doing what I’m doing now and that’s writing about actors that I get to meet on these press junkets. This one being, Laura Dern. Laura Dern is a newcomer to the Star Wars franchise and she has an amazing role. At least it seems like she has an amazing role. Her character is Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and she has purple hair. She looks cool and has a very high ranking title.
Without giving anything away we talked about her character a little bit. She described her character as being the “new boss in town” and that she thought it was “incredible to have the privilege of collaborating on what, who she is and how to present a powerful woman.” And that’s the amazing thing about Star Wars now is the diversity and strength in it’s female cast. Leia was always a character of strength and now it seems there is a full cast of strong women.
Laura Dern talked a lot about how much she loves working on small Indie Films. So she was excited when Director Rian Johnson called her up because he was known as “an amazing Independent Film maker”. She was even more excited to find out that it was Star Wars that she was going to be working on. She’s loved it since she was a child. And, he wanted her input on her character. Talk about the amazing collaboration, Laura Dern, strong female actor, Star Wars, and a new character. I can’t wait to see her in action. She also mentioned more than once how, even though this film had a huge budget and the scenes and locations were larger than life it felt like she was working on a small independent film.
She also talked about the story.
“All of it is contained and being wrestled within, you know, many characters but within one’s self, and particularly this film which we all got to see a couple of days ago, you feel it in every storyline and every character in a really profound and beautiful way.”
Yeah, that gave nothing away right? She talked a lot about how much of a fan of the movie she was. She remembers waiting in line and seeing the movie when she was six years old. She remembers how massive it was and how she connected to it in a personal way, “as Star Wars does to all of us”. And then she shared with us about how she had a total fan freak out moment on set. She mentioned that everyone had to have their own moment. “It’s a big deal. It’s an independent movie but it wasn’t. This didn’t feel like it was Star Wars.” She then mentioned how Seeing Chewbacca made her feel. She said she cried. She cried because she was so moved seeing all those characters that we all grew up with. Then she said you have to get over it and move on and get to work.
Star Wars is in theaters December 15th.