Speaking exclusively to Ash Crossan of Entertainment Tonight, Gina Carano talks about her role as Cara Dune, a former rebel shock trooper on the upcoming Disney+ show The Mandalorian, and how Star Wars has changed her life.
It was a moment on the Mandalorian set, with executive producer Jon Favreau — whom Carano raves is a “wonderful man” who provided an experience like no other on the secretive Star Wars project — that was a true eye-opener for the 37-year-old star.
“He looked at me before my big scene, one of my biggest introductory scenes in Mandalorian, and he was like, ‘We’re gonna change your trajectory right now,'” she recalled. “I think he’s a very honest man, and he’s seen the struggle, and he’s seen what happens to careers and he’s like, ‘We’re gonna change your path right now’… He’s like, ‘From here on out, you’re gonna choose jobs that are complementing [you]. And you’re gonna choose jobs that challenge you. And you’re gonna believe in yourself. From this scene forward.'”
“I was welling up with tears,” Carano continued, remembering the emotional moment. “And I went out and I crushed that scene. And it was like, a scene when I first read the script I was like, ‘Oh gosh, this is more than I’ve ever been given — how am I going to do this?’ And then, with him, I really trained for it, and I really was present… He believed in me and it helped me believe in myself.”
“I couldn’t thank him enough, because I feel like my whole life since I shot that has been a different world,” she added.
The interview is well worth a watch, even Gina thinks so!