The cast of Star Wars: The Last Jedi took the stage for a press conference in Los Angeles this morning, taking the opportunity to pay homage to Carrie Fisher, who pbaded away last year after finishing the filming in this movie.
"I watched television and film obsessively from such a young age, but [she] stayed with me throughout my formative years," said Gwendoline Christie, who plays Captain Phasma in the new Star Wars movies (not to mention Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones ).
"She's really interesting, she's very smart, she's very funny, she's brave, she's bold, she does not care what people think, and she's not ready to be told what to do," Christie continued. "And it does not look like a kind of homogenized presentation of a woman we're used to seeing." So, what was really instrumental to me, as someone who did not feel that he fit into that homogenized vision of what was supposed to be? a woman, who had an inspiration there, who could be an individual and celebrate himself and succeed without surrendering, without necessarily making a terrible, enormous type of commitment. "
Laura Dern, who plays Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, said that FIsher was "without shame."
"And that's what moved me most about the icon she gave us, but also about what she gave us individually and personally, which is to bring who she was directly, and be without shame and share her story and not expect anything less of none of us, "said Dern. "And the privilege of seeing how [ the director of The Last Jedi Rian Johnson] has so beautifully captured all of that, and his grace, in this amazing, beautiful and pure interpretation."
Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Rose Tico, another new character in The Last Jedi said Fisher was a personal inspiration. "Something about Carrie that I really appreciate is something that I had not realized until recently: how much courage does it take to really be yourself when you're on a public platform," Tran said. "She did not apologize so much, and so openly, and that's something I really try to do, and it's difficult." And just like Daisy said, and Laura said, and Gwendoline said: I think she'll always be an icon like Leia, but also Carrie, what an example, and I'm so lucky to have met her, and I think she really will live forever. "
Daisy Ridley, who returns as the mysterious King who manages the Force, made a compliment to Carrie Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, who recently played Winter in ] American Horror Story Cult . "Carrie Billie's daughter is, I think, all those qualities," he said.
Ridley spoke about the impact of having so many female characters in the new generation of Star Wars movies
. "When I was a girl growing up in London, I obviously knew there was a disparity in the movies, but I was not that conscious of it, growing up in a liberal house, I never had to feel it in any way, "Ridley said. "So when I got involved, I knew it was a big problem, but the answer was beyond anything I could have imagined, which was only after I was like," Oh, oh, yes! " 39; "
Dern said she is excited to play a strong female character who possesses her feminine side. "I just want to pay tribute to Rian for being one of the most brilliant and subversive filmmakers to whom I have been able to give testimony," he said. "In the case of my character's appearance, I was touched by the fact that I really wanted her strength to lead first with a very deep femininity, and to see a powerful female character also be female is something that steers away from the stereotype that sometimes It is perceived that strong female characters should be "like children".
On the other hand, Christie was "delighted" that The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi presents female characters, such as Captain Phasma, who did not adhere to stereotyped female ideals.
"I was not chosen in [ The Force Awakens ] when I heard of the casting, and I was absolutely delighted to see that there was a more representative selection of actors that were going to be in this amazing movie Star Wars "he said. "You can see women who are not strong just because they act like men, they're doing something else … I'm delighted that something as legendary as Star Wars has decided to be modern and to reflect our society more as is ".
"I was very excited when they showed me the basic elements of the costume [Phasma]," he said. "I knew we were seeing a character whose femininity was not delineated in terms of the shape of her body, in terms of her physical attractiveness: that strange and random group of elements with which we were born in a kind of strange lottery and then , we are judged in society. "
Tran added that "the girls in this movie kick their butts".
"Everyone is so good!" She exclaimed.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.