I am so grateful to Disney for sending me on this all expense paid trip to cover ROGUE ONE, “Star Wars Rebels”, “Mickey and the Roadster Racers” and the BluRay release of PINOCCHIO. All opinions are my own.
From the minute I saw STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE at the age of five I fell in love with the saga. I’d spend my days in the warm sun pretending to be part of the story but not as Princess Leia; no offense to the Princess but I didn’t want to be a princess. I wanted to be an everyday girl who found herself in unimaginable circumstances and rose to the occasion. After seeing ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY‘s trailer for the first time a year ago and seeing Jyn Erso for the first time my heart skipped a beat.
That’s who Felicity Jones’ character “Jyn Erso” is; a girl who has found herself in unimaginable circumstances rising to the occasion.
When Felicity Jones entered the room I felt a little twinge of fan-girl behavior: Here she was Jyn Erso. Think about it: Here I was at 34-years-old, and I’m interviewing the actress who is playing a character I didn’t even know existed but had desperately wanted to exist in the original STAR WARS saga almost 25 years ago. Thankfully, Jones was nothing but down to earth and sweet otherwise I don’t think I would’ve been able to even actively participate during the interview.
When she sat down she happened to be holding an action figure of her character, Jyn, “I’ve just been given a really scary Jyn doll that has many arms. My nephew who’s one-and-a-half…likes to pull off her arms…they’ve created a special one for him.”
When asked if she could tell us more about her character, Jones explained,
Jyn…has a very strong ideology. She hates the empire, she hates everything they stand for; they have destroyed her family so anytime she sees a Storm Trooper she is like an animal who wants to take them down…at the same time she has a wonderful humanity and she learns how to be a leader throughout the film. She starts off and she’s a bit of an outsider and is very suspicious and untrusting of people. She’s had a bit of a hard life, there’s been quite a lot of struggle, so it’s not easy for her to trust people. And throughout the film you see her actually forming these kindred spirits with the other rebels and finding something that they all have a common. [It’s their] common dislike of the empire and they unite over that despite their differences.
From what we do know about Jones’ character, Jyn Erso, she’s lived a very rough life. One of the bloggers asked the actress if we could expect anything sweet for Erso to come out of the film, like, say a love interest? Jones coyly said she was going to say nothing, but there may be something and there’s definitely a sense of justice for Jyn by the end of the film…Hmm…who do you think it’ll be?
Despite all of the love interest chatter, Jones also talked about the strong and independent woman Jyn is in the film. She said that both she and director Gareth Edwards wanted for the audience to feel empathetic toward her but they wanted for her to be resourceful and able to survive on her own. I had to ask her what she hopes girls will take away from the film and pretend to be Jyn Erso (you know, just a nod to my own five-year-old self),
Well, what I like about her is she’s not, she’s not a princess, she’s not really rich, she’s not privileged you know, that’s what we’re used to seeing in these sort of leading Disney roles. She’s very much an ordinary woman, an ordinary girl who’s had to make the best of things and I think what I would like young girls to take from it is resourcefulness and self reliance. Jyn isn’t always sweetness and light and giggles, she is exactly who she wants to be. I think that’s what’s important; that young girls don’t feel like they have to conform to some idea of what a girl should be. It’s like you can be whoever you want, whatever you are and take confidence in that and there isn’t a standard that we should all be working towards. It’s like, this is what perfection is you know, ’cause that makes everyone feel bad. It’s about celebrating what’s different about us and society letting that come through.
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This is definitely a female character I cannot wait for my girls to see on the big screen and strive to be. Parents, if you have a daughter, THIS is the heroine we’ve all been waiting for. ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY arrives in theaters everywhere on December 16th In RealD 3D and IMAX 3D!
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