After Years of Character Work, Bonnie Piesse Returns to Star Wars and Finds Her Own Star Power

More than 20 years after taking her “first step into a much larger world,” Bonnie Piesse got the opportunity to return to the Star Wars universe in Obi-Wan Kenobi. Piesse plays Beru Whitesun Lars, a Tatooinian woman who is the guardian and Aunt of Luke Skywalker.

She joins a strong cast of actors, which includes Ewan McGregor, Hayden Christensen, Joel Edgerton, Moses Ingram, and many more. Obi-Wan Kenobi, the series, picks up ten years after the dramatic events of Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.

Recently Wealth of Geeks was able to catch up with Bonnie to discuss her performance in Obi-Wan, Star Wars fandom, and her new rom-com My Favorite Girlfriend.

Looking Back at Walking With the Star

MD: What was it like when you were first cast in Star Wars? What was it like stepping into such an iconic role?

BP: It was super exciting. I was 16 when I was cast in Attack of the Clones, so I was still in school in Australia, and I had been doing some acting already on little Australian TV shows. When I got the role in Star Wars, that was a much bigger thing and exciting for me, my family, my friends, and everyone. Going and shooting in Tunisia and hanging out with George Lucas, Natalie Portman, and Hayden Christensen was pretty amazing.

MD: Were you a Star Wars fan at the time? Did you have a sense of what exactly you were stepping into?

BP: So, I hadn't seen the originals. I'd seen Episode I, The Phantom Menace, and I was aware of what a big world it was and how much people loved it. It was already a huge pop culture thing by then, but I don't think I even knew about the fan base, what that meant, and all the conventions and that whole culture.

So, that was a surprise. After I wrapped Episode II, I went to Celebration 2 in Indianapolis, and I think there were about 40,000 Star Wars fans. That was my first experience of the whole fan world.

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