Talking to CBR.com, Ashley Eckstein reflects on Ahsoka Tano’s legacy and how her vocal cameo in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came about.
One of the cool things is you made it to the big screen last year in a vocal cameo as Ahsoka in The Rise of Skywalker. How did all that come about?
Yeah, talk about mind-blowing, that was one of the top moments of my career, for sure. I’ve got to give credit to Matthew Wood who is the voice of General Grievous but also [a sound engineer] at Skywalker Sound — he’s critically acclaimed not just for the Star Wars movies but for all sorts of movies. And Matthew Wood reached out to me one day and, from what I’ve been told, he had this idea of bringing the voices of past Jedi to Rey and he wanted Ahsoka to be included, which I thought was just so incredible. And I didn’t believe it because I was told that it was a “maybe” until I was literally in the studio with J.J Abrams at Bad Robot recording the lines.
I actually didn’t record the lines until October and, once I recorded them, I still didn’t believe it because anything can happen in movies. As they say, it [could have] ended up on the cutting room floor. But it wasn’t until I was sitting at the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker and I heard Ahsoka say “as it guided us” and I was like, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it made it.” So it’s definitely an honor. Clone Wars is considered canon because it was what George Lucas created, but The Rise of Skywalker is part of the Skywalker Saga of films, and it’s really cool, not only professionally, to say that I got to be in it but more so for Ahsoka to be cemented into the Skywalker Saga of films is really special for the character.
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