Star Wars films have made more than an impact in film and pop culture, they have also paved the way for major revolutions. These films have opened the doors for young girls to accept their roles as heroes, or in this case Jedi. They don’t have to play the role of the damsel in distress, now they can be fearless warriors fighting the good fight. And we will see more of that now that there are a lot more powerful female characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Whether it is Rey (Daisy Ridley) training to become a Jedi, General Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) overseeing military strategies for the Resistance, or Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) infiltrating the First Order, young girls have a lot more characters to look up to.
Geeks of Doom was invited to sit down with their fellow journalists to talk about the incredible changes that have been happening in the past few years and how having more female characters have given their young female fans someone to cheer for and quite possibly be inspired by. Check out what they had to say below.
Ridley, who grew up in London, recognized the disparity of roles, but she wasn’t so much aware of it given her upbringing. That being said she was never made to feel one way:
“When I got involved, I knew it was a big deal, and the response was so beyond anything I could have ever imagined. It was only after until I realized, ‘oh, oh yeah.’ I never took it for granted or anything, but it was so monumental in the response and how people felt about it. That’s a testament to Kathy [Kennedy], J.J. [Abrams], and everyone who has created the characters in the beginning. I think what’s great about everyone is it’s not like ‘she’s a girl,’ ‘this is a guy,’ ‘this is anything,’ it’s just great characters that are happily falling into broader categories now. So I’m thrilled.”
Kelly Marie Tran agreed:
“It feels like both an honor and a responsibility at the same time. I feel like that in the beginning, when I initially found out about this role, I wanted to do the whole thing justice. I am just so excited. Guys, the girls in this movie kick some butt. Every single one is so good, and I can’t wait for everyone to see it.”
Laura Dern paid tribute to director Rian Johnson, calling him one of the most brilliantly subversive filmmakers she has been able to bear witness to. She then spoke a little bit about her character’s leadership skills:
“In the case of the look of my character, he really wanted her strength to lead with a very deep femininity, and to see a powerful female character be feminine is something that moves away from a stereotype that sometimes is perceived in strong female characters must be, like the boys. I thought that was a really interesting choice to get to witness.”
For Gwendoline Christie, she was delighted to see there was a more representative selection of actors that was going to be in these Star Wars films, and that ideology was continuing. She added:
“Everything that my amazing colleagues say is absolutely right. You get to see women be strong because they aren’t acting like men. They are doing something else. You’re seeing a developed character, or at least a developing character showing some complex character traits. I am just delighted about that. I am delighted that something as legendary as Star Wars has decided to be modern and to reflect on our society more as it is.”
Oscar Isaac interjected with some of his own thoughts, adding that he grew up with four strong women, which helped “shaped his destiny so much.” He added:
“To see that reflected in the film is really beautiful. It is more true to real life and what is happening now, and what is always happening.”
Andy Serkis jokingly chimed in, speaking as Snoke:
“Speaking as the leader of the First Order, I would say that Snoke is very unimpressed that there is such a huge female force growing within the universe. It’s threatening, it’s deeply undermining, and it needs to be stopped.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15, 2017. Click right here for more, including trailers and more from the film’s press junket.