Star Wars is no more a franchise. It is a religion. Several actors have graced the silver screen in its honor. Almost each Star Wars movie is revered and held sacred by its half a century old fan base. The Old World and the New, the upcoming quasi-centenarians and the millennials, everyone knows and respects the franchise. Star Wars is a phenomenon like none other we have ever seen.
It wouldn’t be wrong to portray Star Wars as a sort of Holy Bible of Fiction. It tells the stories of several heroes and villains. It tells their exploits, the setbacks and upbeats, the downfalls and the victories and the lessons – both good and bad, thus learned from their adventures. Like the Bible, Star Wars is epic and vast in its grand scheme of things. And just like the Bible, it has its own set of deities – Gods and Monsters.
Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Obi Wan Kenobi are the Gods of that Universe. They helped save the Galaxy from an inevitable doom. Darth Vader, Emperor Palpatine, and Snoke are the monsters. While the Gods and Monsters take away the spotlight, it is quite easy to forget that Star Wars has hidden amongst itself a Pantheon of its own. The Goddesses of Star Wars are the actresses that have rocked their roles in the franchise till date. It is time to find out who and what they were to Star Wars and its fan base.
Lupita Nyong’o – Maz
Remember the big-eyed bar owner in The Force Awakens. Lupita Nyong’o voiced the character and also provided motion capture for the alien weirdo. Maz, in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is the caretaker of Luke’ legendary Lightsaber and has several connections to the underworld. Her distaste for The First Order, her quick wit, wisdom on all weird things and her appreciation for Rey, Finn and the rest of the resistance’s efforts help her become a fan favorite.
Gwendoline Christie – Phasma
Everyone remembers Phasma right? If not, then blame Rian Johnson. Phasma was the chrome coated Storm Trooper in the First Order forces that fought and was killed by Finn in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It was a shame that Johnson could not find enough screen time for this character. Gwendoline Christie is one of Hollywood’s most gifted actors. Phasma also is badass and has a cool character backstory.
Keira Knightley – Decoy Queen Amidala
Believe it or not, Keira Knightley was an actor who played a role in Star Wars. It was her starting years in Hollywood and nobody likely knew the sultry actresses acting chops. Natalie Portman played Queen Amidala, Darth Vader’s wife, and Luke Skywalker’s birth mother. Keira played the double for Portman in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.
Verónica Segura – Corde
Veronica Segura is a Mexican actress with not much feathers to her cap. The ones she does are worth mentioning though. Segura played Corde, Padme Amidala’s handmaiden and decoy in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. Corde tried to assassinate Amidala in the movie but was killed by Zam Weasel.
Felicity Jones – Jyn Erso
One of the greatest characters in the history of Star Wars, Jyn Erso (played by Felicity Jones) helped destroy the Empire and allowed for a major victory for the Rebel Forces later on. Her character had a sort of vulnerability that no one else other than Jones could have properly portrayed. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would probably be the only movie in the entire franchise where you will see Jyn Erso. Death is a beautifully dangerous little thing.
Carrie Fisher – Leia Organa
‘Help me Obi Wan Kenobi. You are our Only Hope.’ – Immortal words by an equally immortal actress. Not everyone was ready to play the role of Leia Organa. Carrie Fisher was a newbie in Hollywood. Everyone doubted her abilities in front of the camera. But she proved them all wrong. Leia Organa is one of the most well-known characters in Hollywood history.
Natalie Portman– Padme Amidala
Natalie Portman had the sheer bad luck of being in the dreaded prequel trilogy movies. She was the only good thing part from Ewan Mac Gregor’s Obi Wan in the entire Prequel franchise. Not everyone could have pulled Amidala off. A renegade queen of an alien planet, Amidala was the future mother of Luke and Leia and the progenitor of the battle that came henceforth.
Veronica Ngô Thanh Vân – Paige Tico
Veronica Ngo Thanh Van is of Vietnamese origin. She portrayed a relatively vague but important character in Star Wars. In Star Wars: The Last Jedi opening scenes, Veronica played Paige Tico, the gunner in the lone resistance bomber that single-handedly destroyed a First Order dreadnaught. She is also the sister of Rose in The Last Jedi.
Rebecca Jackson Mendoza – Queen Breha Organa
Rebecca Jackson Mendoza is an Australian Actor who was featured in the prequel trilogy. She played Queen Breha Organa, mother of Leia Organa and wife to Bail Organa in the movies. She was killed when Alderaan was destroyed by the Empire later.
Billie Lourd – Kaydel Ko Connix
Billie Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher, the legendary Leia Organa. She helped easy the role of Kaydel Ko Connix in the movies. Her role was first featured in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She also reprised her role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. We would like to see more of Lourd in the future.
Femi Taylor – Oola
Femi Taylor did not have much of a role in Star Wars. She portrayed the Twi’lek Slave Dancer Oola in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. She was an entertainer for Jabba the Hutt and was chained to his throne. Her character was then put out of its misery when Jabba the Hutt’s Rancor finally murdered her.
Maisie Richardson Sellers – Korr Sella
Maisie Richardson Sellers is better remembered from her ongoing tryst with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow as the superhero Vixen. But Maisie also had a brief cameo in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Maisie played Korr Sela, a Resistance Naval commander who worked directly under General Leia Organa.
Amy Allen – Aayla Secura
Amy Allen may be known face in the industry now but her role in Star Wars is something almost everyone is unaware of. Amy Allen played Jedi warrior Aayla Secura in the Star Wars: Attack of the Clones. She was a Twi’lek by origin in the movie and a powerful Jedi knight but her scene was cut off from the movie. Allen was then featured in the DVD release of the movie.
Genevieve O’Reilly – Mon Mothma
O’Reilly is a seasoned actress of Irish Origin. A testament to her acting chops is her role in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. She played Mon Mothma in the movie. Her character was a diehard pacifist and wanted a peaceful resolution between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems (the forerunner to the Galactic Empire).
Daisy Ridley – Rey
Daisy Ridley is now such a well-known face in the industry that it would be an affront to her fame if we actually give her an introduction. Ridley portrays Rey in The Last Jedi Trilogy. Her character has been met with mixed reactions by the Star Wars fan base. Rey, after the events of the The Last Jedi, is literally The Last Jedi of the Galaxy. It will be interesting to see how her character develops further in the final installment of Rian Johnson’s Trilogy.