Jennifer Beals talks to Harpers Bazaar about playing Madam Garsa in The Book of Boba Fett stating the character is “no one’s fool”.
We had a chance to sit down with Beals the morning of The Book of Boba Fett’s premiere to discuss her career, what it was like stepping into one of the world’s largest franchises, and what’s next for the actor-producer.
ou’ve known for a while that you were going to be in The Book of Boba Fett, but the details of your character have been under wraps. Now, the secret is out. How does it feel?
I am so excited. I just saw the first episode two hours ago. My heart was just racing … I got really emotional and I texted Jon [Favreau] right away to tell him I love the episode so much. It’s so cinematic. He makes [Boba Fett] suffer like any good hero has to suffer, and at the end, we start to see him come out of it. I was like, “Oh, my gosh, I get to be in this world.”
You’re part of the Star Wars canon now. People will be cosplaying as Madam Garsa Fwip, and there are already pages about your character and role. That’s pretty incredible.
That’s what Ming-Na [Wen, who plays Fennec Shand in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett] said was going to happen. I mean, Madam Garsa is extraordinary. She is not like any other Twi’lek we’ve seen. She’s enormously wealthy. And the costumes are extraordinary. Shawna [Trpcic, the show’s costume designer] and I were talking about yoga, meditation, and dreams in our first meeting, and she said, “If anything regarding this character comes up in your meditation or your dreams, please let me know.” So I sent her these images that came to me, and she incorporated them into my costumes. It was incredible to me.
Those objects that were inspired by images you sent—can you elaborate?
Oh, you’ll have to see. Look closely and you’ll see them in the design of the earrings. I want to tell you so much more but I can’t.
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