From Amy Sedaris to Bryce Dallas Howard — Meet Some of the Women Behind the Success of Disney+’s ‘The Mandalorian’
Sure, The Mandalorian stars a mysterious, yet warm and caring, bounty hunter. Still, this Disney+ original series has its share of iconic women, working both on and off the screen. From Amy Sedaris as an eyebrow-less mechanic to Bryce Dallas Howard directing the Baby Yoda soup-sipping moment, here are some of the women behind the Star Wars live-action television show, The Mandalorian.
This article contains minor spoilers from this Disney+ Star Wars series, read at your own risk!
The first episode of ‘The Mandalorian’ directed by a woman was the third episode, entitled ‘The Sin’
Deborah Chow made Star Wars history. Not only as the first female director of The Mandalorian, but she is the first woman and the first filmmaker of Asian heritage to direct a live-action Star Wars story. She was responsible for the third episode in the series, entitled “The Sin.”
“I want it to be about the work. I want to be a good director, not a good female director, not a good Asian director. But by the same token, obviously, my career path and the representation,” Deborah Chow said during an interview with Vanity Fair. “It is important. It is meaningful. I want to see more women directors and I want to see more directors of color.”
‘Jurassic World’ actress, Bryce Dallas Howard, directed another episode of the Disney+ original series
Another director behind this Star Wars series is Bryce Dallas Howard, an actress best known for her appearances in Jurrasic World, The Village, and The Help. She directed the episode entitled “Sanctuary,” however, this is not her first time directing.
According to IMDB, Bryce Dallas Howard worked on the documentary Dads, the short Solemates, and the Vanity Fair: Decades mini-series. When asked what was the “pinch me” moment of directing Star Wars, Bryce Dallas Howard mentioned the meme-worthy Baby Yoda character.
“I think it was, of course, directing Baby Yoda,” Howard said during an interview with Variety. “He is the light of all of our lives; it’s so exhilarating to be able to share my love and obsession with him with others. Working with the raiders too was so much fun; my kids would call them the pug men — when you see the masks and the full characters it really starts to feel like Star Wars.”
Amy Sedaris starred in the latest episode of ‘The Mandalorian’
We didn’t know Amy Sedaris cradling Baby Yoda was something we needed, but it is. During one episode of The Mandalorian, entitled “The Gunslinger,” Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Maid in Manhattan’s Amy Sedaris stars as the eyebrow-less mechanic, Peli Motto. She ends up taking care of the Baby Yoda, in addition to repairing the Mandalorian’s ship.
One of the main characters in this series, the former “shock trooper” Cara Dune, is portrayed by Gina Carano. With acting credits in films like Deadpool, Fast & Furious 6, and In the Blood, this actress appears in three episodes of the Disney+ series. There are a few other important characters in this series, including the Mother from the “Sanctuary” episode, portrayed by Alexandra Manea. Emily Swallow portrays the Armorer.
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