Very few details on actress Laura Dern’s purple-haired character Amilyn Holdo from The Last Jedi have been revealed by Lucasfilm since we saw the first official image of her as part of Vanity Fair’s Episode VIII coverage. However, the world of literature pulls back the curtains a little bit on Holdo via author Claudia Gray’s Leia: Princess of Alderaan novel, which is part of the Journey to The Last Jedi publishing program.
Nerdist provides us with the following information obtained from Gray’s novel.
Amilyn Holdo, played by Laura Dern in The Last Jedi, was a pal of Leia’s way back when. They were part of the Apprentice Legislature at the same time. Amilyn is from the planet Gatalenta, and she is the Luna Lovegood of the Star Wars universe. Her hair changed colors throughout the book, she put glitter on things, and she was kind of spacey. She talked so abstractly that Leia called it Holdo-speak. On her homeworld, Amilyn stood out as different.
But like Luna, Amilyn was there when things got serious. She was fascinated by dangerous situations and never hesitated to put herself by Leia’s side, regardless of the risk. Amilyn learned valuable secrets about the rebellion against the Empire alongside Leia. Their friendship was forged in the most risky circumstances possible.
When we get to The Last Jedi, Leia is a general and Amilyn is a vice admiral. They’re both working with the Resistance, but their relationship could be strained. Episode VIII director and writer Rian Johnson told Entertainment Weekly, “Everybody is put in a pressure cooker right away, and relationships crack and strain under that pressure. That was really interesting to me, the notion of putting this small army under a lot of external pressure and showing some of the results within the Resistance itself.”
One more minor thing. Leia mentions citizens of Gatalenta often dress plainly “except for those scarlet cloaks.” Lucasfilm and Disney released a series of posters that featured The Last Jedi characters with scarlet overlays on their outfits. It was visually striking and different, sure, but maybe (emphasis on maybe) it could be a hint about Gatalenta. Or they all roll around in Crait’s dirt.