If you were to go and list all the fan-favorite characters from Star Wars all-time you’d have a pretty diverse list depending on the fan you talked to. But, if you asked about the greatest characters from recent shows or movies, Ashoka Tano would more than likely be at or near the top. The character debuted in The Clone Wars animated movie as the new apprentice of Anakin Skywalker and fans were…not impressed.
However, once The Clone Wars animated series came to be on Cartoon Network, fans got to see the deeper elements of Ashoka Tano, and she became a beloved part of the Star Wars mythology. So much so she was brought back for Star Wars Rebels, and now, has been brought into live-action thanks to Season 2 of The Mandalorian. In the series she’s played by Rosario Dawson who celebrated her characters’ “day” by showing the process of being turned into Ashoka.
Happy #AhsokaTanoDay ! Thank you @Ashley_Eckstein for bringing Ashoka to life for us all. Itâ€™s one of the greatest honors & privileges of my life to share this remarkable character w/ the world alongside you. #DreamTeam @starwars @dave_filoni @Jon_Favreau #BrianSipe #SamanthaWard pic.twitter.com/9JThoyrm6q
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) January 30, 2021
As you can see, it’s quite a process. From having to have a bald cap on to keep her hair safe from the prosthetics and everything, to make sure her skin is “just right” for things like brushing and painting and such, to having to wear a mask to get the markings on Ashoka’s face accurate, and then the headpiece, it’s a multi-level process.
Dawson has nothing but praise for her character of Ashoka, mainly because she sees her as one of the few female Jedi that have been focused on in the Star Wars universe that has grown and evolved over time in meaningful ways (which is why many people prefer Ashoka over characters like Rey).
And further showing the fan love and faith in Rosario Dawson, Ashoka is going to get her own live-action series coming to Disney+. So fans will be able to enjoy her for some time to come.