laura Dern The Oscar-winning star talks armour, Vader and extreme Rebelling…
What are you allowed to tell us about Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo?
Ugh. Isn’t it hard to do these? [laughs] There’s so little we can say. I mean, honestly, it’s not as though I can say that much more to you until I, like you, have seen the movie. Because it’s a mystery to me in some ways. But she is part of the Resistance, and she’s there to sort of shake things up. And I have the most fantastic colour of hair. [laughs] These things I can tell you.
Amilyn looks very fancy for a Resistance member… What’s the reasoning behind that?
Hmm. Interesting question. [laughs] I may ask that question myself. I think we’re going to have to let that one unfold…
Is it true you couldn’t resist doing the pew-pew noises when firing your blaster?
[laughs] It’s 100 per cent true. It’s so hilarious to me. I loved all of it. Every opportunity to be in what felt iconic to me, was just a dream.
Did you fall for any of the practical creatures in the movie?
I remember Rian coming up to me a few days into filming and he said, “Oh, Laura, I’m sure you’ve met, but have you met Chewbacca?” I’m like, “Are you kidding me? [dramatic pause] No, I haven’t met Chewbacca!” He’s like, “Chewbacca, come and give Laura a hug!” Oh my God. I cried! It was so beautiful.
The franchise has had a resurgence recently. Would you like Ellie to return in a future instalment?
I mean, come on! I’ve got a reckoning. Yeah, I’m ready to get back into that world, for sure. That would be fun. I know the boys have gone back. They’ve got to get the girl back. MM