Mon Mothma''s has been an enigma within the Star Wars universe since the rebel leader''s first played by Caroline Blakiston, who has since been promoted to Genevieve O''Reilly in the 2016 standalone film and making frequent appearances throughout the animated and coming full circle on the Disney+ live-action series.
"We really get to learn about her not only as a senator, but as a woman," O''Reilly told Entertainment Weekly. "[We] learn about her not only as a senator, but as a woman. "We learn] what she has to deal with, what she''s facing, and what it takes to be her. Tony''s writing is so rich and taut. It''s located in a Star Wars society, yet it feels universal and intimate all at once."
O''Reilly recalls when she first saw Blakiston''s scenes in the Richard Marquand film. "I was always interested in her," she says, adding that every time I go to play her, I get back to the scene. "I was really surprised by how much pain she suffered, and I realize that she was breathing well. What was the significance of her work in this woman''s life? What are the sacrifices she has made to be the leader of a rebellion?"
What Mothma was talking about during the film was the Bothans'' desire to steal the death Star, which was depicted in the Gareth Edwards film. This prequel is performed before Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) embarks on a tragic suicide mission along with his squad. The whole interview here, with the series on Disney+ and new episodes on Wednesdays.
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