Star Wars Rebels
executive producer Dave Filoni has described
rebel Twi'lek pilot Hera Syndulla as "the heart of the group." Today, in an interview with Newsarama
, Hera voice actress Vanessa Marshall discusses her character's many roles in the show's ragtag band of heroes. Some of her most interesting comments concern what Newsarama's Lucas Siegel called "the ongoing conversation about female characters in action-oriented properties." Here's how Marshall described the female characters in Rebels
I?ll say, even the female characters in Rebels each have their unique strengths ? it?s another reason I?m so excited to be a part of this show. Just to get into Hera a bit again, she?s strong-willed, but she?s also nurturing. She really knows how to bring out the best in her team. She leads with humility. Her agility and physical skills are admirable; she can pull just the right punch at just the right moment and get the job done, and that?s how she delivers. Her very personal reasons for rebelling against the empire, I think, are things viewers are going to delight in uncovering each season.
All that richness that I just described ? I don?t think anyone will be sitting there going ?oh, it?s a girl action figure,? or, well, a female Twi?lek action figure. But with all those rich details, it?s that story about the internal struggle for each of us to make those heroic choices on a daily basis, that kind of shatters those stigmas in a practical way, I think.
I do understand, like I said, how marketing need to consider their demographic ? those conversations are all fiscal and advertising. I?m talking about the passion of the fans, and I don?t think we care! Any alien race, gender, I?m all over it ? I can?t wait to have all the action figures!
Check out Newsarama's complete interview with Vanessa Marshall here