30 Mei 2024

Ahsoka Tano Star Ashley Eckstein Opens Up About Criticisms on Her Character ‘Being Bratty’

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When Ashley Eckstein debuted as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, she found herself in the unexpected storm of Star Wars fandom backlash. Her revelation during the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo conveyed the raw emotion that came with witnessing vehement reactions against her character per Popverse.

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The fervor and intensity of fandom, especially one as legendary as Star Wars, can often swing between extreme adoration and harsh criticism. A recent example was when The Mandalorian began concentrating more on the character Bo-Katan Kryze, resulting in a cacophony of fan outcry. Similarly, Moses Ingram’s portrayal as Inquisitor Reva faced a barrage of negativity leading to an alarming number of negative reviews for Disney+’s Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Eckstein’s emotional journey began when she heard the initial criticism against her character Ahsoka Tano. Recollecting those moments, she expressed how disheartened she felt, admitting that she once “sobbed into [her] cheesecake.” The character was written off as ‘bratty’ by many, leading to disparaging comments targeted at Eckstein. The sting was all the more palpable as she was also judged for her prior work on the Disney Channel, specifically her role in That’s So Raven. The actress faced accusations of potentially “ruining” Star Wars.

However, Eckstein’s belief in Ahsoka’s evolution and growth within the Star Wars universe provided her the resilience to withstand the criticisms. She realized that characters with instant perfection tend to lack depth and are often unrelatable. This very imperfection gives characters room to grow, learn, and become endearing to audiences. The actress gracefully appealed to fans, asking for patience and encouraging them to join Ahsoka on her journey.

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Indeed, patience bore its fruits. Today, the tables have turned drastically in favor of Ahsoka Tano. No longer a subject of fandom’s ire, she is now celebrated as one of the most cherished entities of the Star Wars narrative. Eckstein has been deeply touched by the outpouring of love and stories from fans about how Ahsoka transformed their lives. The actress’s bond with her character is evident as she passionately expressed her desire to continue embodying Ahsoka’s principles in real life.

This rise in Ahsoka’s popularity has not been limited to the animated world alone. The character’s transition to live-action is underway, with Rosario Dawson portraying Ahsoka in her dedicated series. The show, steered by Dave Filoni, a name synonymous with The Clone Wars and Rebels, promises six episodes that will focus on Ahsoka’s quest to find the infamous Grand Admiral Thrawn. Iconic characters like Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, and Ezra Bridger, traditionally reserved for animation, will join her.

The series, scheduled for an August 23 debut on Disney, promises to be a pivotal component in the expansive Star Wars universe. Rumblings suggest that if Ahsoka garners the expected positive response, it could set the stage for more seasons and perhaps pave the way for what is referred to as the ‘MandoVerse crossover event’.

While Rosario Dawson will be the face of Ahsoka in live-action, fans worldwide hope to see Ashley Eckstein remain involved in the ever-evolving tapestry of Star Wars. After all, her journey, both emotional and professional, with Ahsoka Tano, is a testament to the magic of storytelling and the cyclical nature of fandom adulation.