Following information that “Obi-Wan Kenobi” star Moses Ingram was the target of racist attacks on social media, Hayden Christensen is standing up for his co-star. “I’ve heard slightly bit about that and, clearly, it actually saddens me,” the actor tells ET’s Matt Cohen. “I believe the world of Moses. She’s not solely a stunning particular person and human being, however an extremely gifted actress.”
On the restricted “Star Wars” collection, which debuted to document scores on Disney+, Ewan McGregor reprises his function because the ageing Jedi Grasp as he attempts to evade capture by an Inquisitor named Reva (Ingram), who works for the more and more menacing and murderous Darth Varder (Christensen).
Whereas followers have been enthusiastic about seeing Christensen and McGregor reunite, Ingram has confirmed to be a breakout star, because of her efficiency because the ruthlessly bold force-sensitive warrior. And contemplating the way in which issues are unfolding within the collection, Reva will possible show to be probably the most iconic additions to the franchise.
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“The primary time I noticed the primary couple of episodes, I used to be blown away by her efficiency and simply thought that the subtleties and nuances that she delivered to this character have been there and actually spectacular,” Christensen says. “So, I imply, I hope by the top of the collection, individuals are coming round. I believe she’s finished an amazing job and I believe [Reva] is a crucial character and folks will come to comprehend that.”
Christensen’s feedback come after McGregor took to social media to slam the “horrendous” messages despatched to Ingram. “Because the main actor within the collection, as govt producer on the collection, [know] that we stand with Moses. We love Moses. And for those who’re sending her bullying messages, you’re no ‘Star Wars’ fan in my thoughts,” he stated. “There’s no place for racism on this world.”
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Christensen, in the meantime, has been on his personal journey with followers ever since he first joined the franchise as Anakin Skywalker within the prequel movies. Within the 20 years since “Assault of the Clones” first debuted in theatres, there’s been renewed appreciation for his and McGregor’s contributions to the ever-expanding universe.
“It’s simply been an unbelievable alternative to get to proceed with this character and are available again to ‘Star Wars’ in any case of those years,” he says, noting that “it is a function that has had a huge effect on my life, you understand, professionally and personally. So, to get to proceed my journey with them is massively significant.”
Not solely that, getting again on set and into character “was a huge deal” for the actor, who will get to discover “a really robust character arc” as Vader within the collection. However on condition that it’s been 20 years since he final wielded a lightsaber, there was some bodily coaching and weight-reduction plan wanted to get into correct form. “It’s a ‘Star Wars’ requirement,” Christensen says of buffing up for the function. “For this one, much more so as a result of I’m taking part in Vader now. So, I placed on as a lot weight and measurement as I may. I believe I placed on about 25 kilos.”
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And serving to him practice with a lightsaber early on was his 7-year-old daughter, Briar Rose. “She was my first lightsaber coaching associate,” the actor reveals. “After I began on this in home, you understand, clashing lightsabers.”
Whereas his daughter obtained to go lightsaber-to-lightsaber with Darth Vader, he says that she nonetheless “hasn’t really seen ‘Star Wars.’” However she does learn about it. “And he or she is aware of, you understand, the character that I play,” he provides, explaining that her involvement has added one other stage to returning to the franchise. “That’s been actually particular for me, too, simply attending to share this expertise with my daughter.”
New episodes of “Obi-Wan Kenobi” debut Wednesdays on Disney+.
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