‘The Mandalorian’ Season 2: Why the Actor Who Plays Peli Motto Looks So Familiar

Star Wars fans finally got the Baby Yoda boost they were waiting for. Season 2 of The Mandalorian just premiered on Disney+, and it reunited The Child with one of his old friends. Amy Sedaris returns to play Peli Motto, and there’s a reason she looks so familiar.

Amy Sedaris in 'The Mandalorian'
Amy Sedaris in ‘The Mandalorian’ | Disney+

Amy Sedaris has been acting for over 20 years

Sedaris started her career in the ‘90s and starred in popular films like Six Days, Seven Nights, Maid in Manhattan, School of Rock, and Elf.  She appeared on dozens of TV shows, including Sex and the City, 30 Rock,  and The Good Wife. The actor voiced Princess Carolyn on BoJack Horseman for six seasons and worked on animated series like Doc McStuffins and Spongebob SquarePants.

More recently, Sedaris was seen on the Emmy-nominated Netflix series, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, in which she portrayed Mimi Kanassis, Jacqueline’s (Jane Krakowski) dim-witted friend. She also writes, produces, and stars in the TruTV sketch comedy show, At Home with Amy Sedaris. 

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In ‘The Mandalorian,’ Amy Sedaris is Peli Motto

Sedaris made her Mandalorian debut as Peli Motto in “Chapter 5: The Gunslinger.” In the season 1 episode, the Tatooine-based space mechanic encounters Mando and The Child when they stop at her Hangar for repairs. 

When Mando is away, Motto cares for The Child, giving him food and soothing him to sleep. The bounty hunter then leaves the little green guy in her care when he goes to find his target with Calican (Jake Cannavale). And after Calican returns and attempts to abduct The Child, Motto offers him words of comfort. 

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Sedaris is reprising her role for Season 2. She appeared in the premiere episode, “Chapter 9: The Marshal.”

Amy Sedaris loves Baby Yoda

In a  2019 interview with Buzzfeed, Sedaris talked about working with The Child, aka Baby Yoda, on set. She said that she didn’t realize how popular he would become and was pleasantly surprised by all the love she got after her season 1 episode aired. 

“I was at work and came into my dressing room, and my phone was going off like a popcorn machine and thought, ‘What’s happening? What is going on?’” said Sedaris. “And they’re like, ‘Oh my god, you’re trending on Twitter, which I didn’t even know what that meant. And then I realized the episode had come out, and people were freaking out ‘cause I was holding Baby Yoda.”

Sedaris also revealed that she loved working with the adorable green puppet on set. “The minute you looked into Baby Yoda’s eyes, you just got lost,” she added. “And it’s super cute, and just made everybody on-set happy. It was just a magical little thing, and it was a lot of fun.”

The Mandalorian premiered on Oct. 30. New episodes air Fridays on Disney+.