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Interview: Genevieve O’Reilly On Politics In ‘Star Wars’ & Mon Mothma Using Her Voice As Weapon In ‘Andor’

Star Wars has always featured political commentary but Andor looks to be the most extensive exploration of this aspect to date. A character like Mon Mothma perfectly embodies these themes since her appearance in Return of the Jedi. Now, her return as a key character in Andor teases more in-depth discussions on the inner workings of the Imperial Senate.

I had the chance to speak with Mon Mothma herself, Genevieve O’Reilly, to discuss these themes and why they’re so important. O’Reilly explains that Star Wars has always been political and Andor reinforces that with her character, who genuinely wants to incorporate change in the Imperial Senate. O’Reilly mentions how Cassian has his role to play as the activist but Mon Mothma as the politician is just as important.

Check out the full interview with Genevieve O’Reilly below:

Star Wars features a lot of military leaders but Genevieve discusses the importance of using your voice as a weapon, and words as your tools. Finally, O’Reilly discusses how great storytelling holds a mirror up to society, how Star Wars has always been about real world issues and that the Star Wars mythology is another way of engaging audiences into larger discussions. 

Mon Mothma is a Star Wars fan favorite for her fortitude in the face of oppression. O’Reilly has really made this role her own since the prequels all through the Clone Wars, and Rebels, seeing more of her in live-action Star Wars is sure to be a treat.

Be on the lookout for Andor, premiering on Disney+ on September 21. 

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