Jennifer Beals on The Book of Boba Fett and Joining the Star Wars Galaxy

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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.

You’ve mentioned that your character is unique. Fans know Twi’leks but not many like her, as you’ve said—she’s blazed her own path. What else can you tell us about Madam Garsa?

I can’t really share what I imagined her to be, because there are certain details coming down the line, but it was really important to me that it’s clear that she’s no one’s slave and that she’s no one’s master. That is why she’s a madam. She runs a place called the Sanctuary. They have actual plants on a planet where water comes at a premium. That’s how wealthy she is.

Does the name have any significance?

It’s this dream of another time and possibility where people come together and lay conflict at the door. We [director Robert Rodriguez and I] talked about her being like Rick from Casablanca. There’s no female equivalent to Rick, and by virtue of being a man, he had an unspoken power given to him. Garsa has to step into that power in a different way. It’s not given immediately; it’s earned.

What was it like working with Ming-Na Wen, Temuera Morrison, and the rest of the Book of Boba Fett cast?

Oh, my gosh, that woman [Ming-Na Wen] walks into a room and lights it up. Then she gets to Fennec and taps into that warrior. And Temuera was incredible. He’s working crazy hours, and yet he’s full of joy. He’d take the microphone and sing, “It’s just too good to be true / Can’t take my eyes off of you / I wanna hold you so much … I love you, baby.” He’s just singing to everybody and it’s just delicious. Meanwhile, Robert Rodriguez’s dressing room is next to mine, and he’s playing music on his guitar between setups. Sometimes Tem will come in and sing. So I’m being serenaded through the wall.

Earlier in your career, you were apprehensive about playing television roles. Obviously, that’s changed. What was it about this role that made you say yes?

First of all, I got to step into the world of Star Wars … which is an enormous calling. Then I got to work with an incredible team to create a Twi’lek character that we haven’t seen before. I got to work with extraordinary creatives who are playful and have a palpable, childlike joy when it comes to this world. And that’s something that I definitely wanted to be around.

Read more here. The Book of Boba Fett continues with Chapter Two now on Disney+ with  Temuera Morrison as Boba Fett and Ming-Na Wen as Fennec Shand.

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