Transcript for Ming-Na Wen talks all new ‘The Book of Boba Fett’ Star Wars series
- We turn now to the latest thrilling adventure from a galaxy far, far away. The all new Book of Boba Fett series from the Star Wars universe finds an actress you may know as the voice of Mulan, now taking control of Tatooine's criminal underworld as the elusive mercenary, Fennec Shand, alongside bounty hunter Boba Fett. Will Reeve spoke with actress Ming-Na Wen about the role she's dreamed about her entire life.
- All right. We're going to dive right in here, how you found yourself at the center of your own Star Wars story even to begin with. And, am I to understand, you've been dreaming about this for a very long time?
- Yes, ever since I saw the original, the first film, now called A New Hope, before that, it was just Star Wars. I have really been immersed into this world where the force is actually like my religion, after a while. Like, I would pray to God, Buddha, and the force. And I still do.
- It must all feel a bit surreal to achieve a thing that you had dreamed of for so long.
- Yeah, it's crazy. Because how many people get to say that, right? Even now, when I see myself on the episode, you know. The Book of Boba Fett is airing right now. It's streaming. And I'm still sort of astounded. It's like an out-of-body experience. This is like winning lotto for me.
- The character you portray is Fennec Shand. She's an elite mercenary assassin, with a moral ambiguity that you've likened to Han Solo in the past. So, in what ways might you lean into that comparison, and how might it inform your performance?
- I think there's this sort of maverick quality that they both share. She's sort of a loner, which I think separates them a bit. Right now, she just cares about money and aligning herself with the best opportunities. So right now, it's aligning herself with the legendary Boba Fett.
- Now, let's talk about the physicality of your role. You've done Street Fighter. You've done Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Mulan. You're no stranger to action and to performing physical roles, doing stunts. How has the past informed the present in that way?
- When I did Street Fighter, it was so much work back then. We trained like three times a day. Stunt fighting is incredibly hard, but so much fun. And boy, it keeps me in shape. I'm actually kind of lazy when it comes to exercise.
- What have you been most surprised by your character in The Book of Boba Fett?
- That she came back to life, in The Mandalorian, you know. And, and that's all I can say at the moment. I mean, the biggest surprise is that, you know, she is able to partner up with someone. Because bounty hunters are very much loners. And I think this is a real new experience for her, to have to trust someone and have someone trust her. So, it's going to be interesting to see how their dynamic evolve over the episodes.
- The Book of Boba Fett, it's also changing pre-existing conceptions of some characters from some previous storylines. Like in the past, Tusken Raiders were seen as primitive savages, but now they're portrayed as natives of Tatooine, protecting their ancestral grounds. So my question is, what do you think that the change of perception in some of the Star Wars characters and storylines does for the Star Wars universe going forward?
- Well, I think it challenges a lot of the Star Wars fans, who are so knowledgeable. You know, that they, they have definite opinions and ideas about the characters and, and either their demise or their evolution. And this sort of creates a better understanding, I think, and a clearer picture of people like the Tuskens. Because I remember watching Star Wars, like they were, to my mind, you know, were the scary guys that you have to run away from or avoid, right. That they were the scavengers, where they pirate and steal things and live off of others, basically.
And then you find out, in The Book of Boba Fett, that they're the Indigenous people, really, of Tatooine, and have had their land stripped. And you know, and it parallels a lot of history that we all read about and know about. And I think it's, it's wonderful to be able to sort of have a deeper insight into these characters that were more in the peripheral, and including Boba Fett. You know, he only had like six minutes of airtime between Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, which I think is very exciting for the fans.
- Is there anything that you can share about the rest of the season of the Book of Boba Fett for die hard Star Wars fans like yourself?
- Well, there are four more episodes to enjoy and watch! When I look back on it, or when I'm even watching a new episode of The Book of Boba Fett, it's, it's, it's a privilege. It really is, and I'm very grateful. And I'm, I'm hoping that, you know, I'll have more chances to portray these characters in different venues.
- Our thanks to Will. The Book of Boba Fett is now streaming on Disney Plus. It is on my to do list for this weekend to watch.
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