“I never thought I would have, seventeen years later, the opportunity to explore this role”

Genevieve O'Reilly reprises her role as Mon Mothma in 'Andor' on Disney+ 2022 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved."

INTERVIEW - In this series from the franchise Star Warsavailable Wednesday, September 21 on the platform, the actress resumes this galactic senator character embodied in 2005 and 2016.

After The Mandalorian in 2019 and The Boba Fett Book in 2021, LucasFilm releases this Wednesday, September 21 on Disney +, the first season ofAndor. This new series from the universe Star Wars and composed of twelve episodes, revolves around the eponymous character Cassian Andor, discovered in the film RogueOne (2016). "The plot of the fiction takes place five years before the feature film and tells the story of the hero embodied by Diego Luna“says its creator Tony Gilroy. Fans will not be out of place and will find a familiar cast in this prequel. Among them, Genevieve O'Reilly.

The actress plays Mon Mothma, a role she first portrayed seventeen years ago in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. This character was previously played by Caroline Blakiston in the first trilogy (episodes IV, V and VI). Genevieve O'Reilly, had taken over the role for the sake of temporal consistency. After embodying him again in RogueOnein 2016, the 45-year-old Irishwoman considers herself today "lucky" to be able to explore new facets of Mon Mothma. In Andorshe develops the dark past of this senator and founding member of the Rebel Alliance.

LE FIGARO. - How would you describe your character in Andor ?
Genevieve O'REILLY. – My Mothma appears very different. We will experience it like never before. She is no longer only shown as a senator or political leader. In Andor, fans of the franchise have the opportunity to explore behind the scenes and thus understand the woman she is but also her life. We didn't realize how much she risked and fought to get here.

Mon Mothma hasn't left you since 2005. How does that make you feel?
The first time I performed Mon Mothma I was reprising the role of Carole Blakiston, the original actress. It had only lasted a few days but I had already been very happy to play in such a great film. Never, I would have thought, seventeen years later, to have the opportunity to explore this female role and its facets as dangerous as they are exciting. Tony Gilroy's writing allows us to learn how dark his life is.

“What Disney has produced with these twelve episodes is very special”

Genevieve O'Reilly

What are the differences between a series format and a movie within the Star Wars franchise ?
The series have a longer narrative form, which makes it possible to explore the characters and the plot in another way. The cinema does not have this time. We can take the example of the film RogueOne where the storyline focuses on a specific moment. Namely, the brilliant sacrifice of Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) which allows the story Star Wars to continue. In cinema, everything is electric because it is a short format. Today, the series give us time to explore each individual and their universe. In Andor, we understand what pushes Cassian to act as he does in Snape One. If Diego Luna's acting in the film was exceptional, the series multiplies what he let show. What Disney has produced with these twelve episodes is very special. Andor embodies cinematic storytelling within the time frame of television.

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