CAR­O­LINE BLAKISTON

In time for Rogue One, it’s Mon Mothma from Re­turn Of The Jedi

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De­spite a fleet­ing two min­utes’ screen time, new Republic Chan­cel­lor Mon Mothma made an in­deli­ble im­pres­sion in Re­turn Of The Jedi, mem­o­rably clos­ing her pre-Bat­tle of en­dor brief­ing by mourn­fully ut­ter­ing the im­mor­tal line: “Many Bothans died to bring us this in­for­ma­tion.” A youth­ful in­car­na­tion of the char­ac­ter will re­turn for Rogue One (played by Genevieve o’Reilly) but it was Car­o­line Blakiston who first brought the char­ac­ter to life 33 years ago. we spoke to the Bri­tish ac­tress about her most en­dur­ing role.

Would you like to play Mon Mothma again?

Of course. I’m part of Mon Mothma and Mon Mothma is part of me.

What’s the strangest re­quest you’ve had from a fan?

To sign pho­tos of the other ac­tress [Genevieve O’Reilly].

Would any of your char­ac­ter’s skills or at­tributes have been use­ful in real life?

All of them. She was won­der­fully elo­quent, dig­ni­fied, cool and col­lected. I in­ter­preted her name as “Moon Mother” so be­ing ma­ter­nal was a key at­tribute too.

What would Mon be do­ing now?

Hope­fully not re­tired but an­swer­ing ques­tions and help­ing strate­gise the de­feat of the First Or­der!

Is there any­thing you think was un­fin­ished about the char­ac­ter’s story?

We’re both still alive so plenty of scope for the char­ac­ter yet!

What would it say on the char­ac­ter’s grave­stone?

“May the force be with you!”

Then

now

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