Q&A – “Star Wars: Andor” Stars Kyle Soller and Denise Gough Discuss the Dark Side of the Disney+ Series

Where would the Star Wars franchise be without its villains? From Darth Vader to Emperor Palpatine and Darth Maul to Kylo Ren, the villains of the Star Wars universe often end up in some of its most interesting and important scenes.

Next month two new villains will be introduced to fans of A Galaxy Far, Far Away through the new Disney + live-action series. Star Wars: Andor– Deputy Inspector Syril Karn (represented by Anna KareninaKyle Soller) and Imperial Security Bureau Director Dedra Meero (Denise Gough from the 2010 version of Robin Hood). Soller and Gough participated in a press conference at the announcement of Andorwhere they discussed their respective roles in the series.

“What attracted me to Tony’s work [Gilroy’s] writing,” said Kyle Soller about why he accepted the role of Syril Karn. “He created a three-dimensional character and there was a big question on him – could he go through that with this way. He can go into the Empire; he can join the Rebellion. It has a lot of gray area. He came from a lack – it was so painful in his home life that he was trying to fill this lack in himself through the fascist, corporate, business world where he had command. And it remains to be seen if he can change his position and rise to those positions. Of course, what Tony did—having a character that wasn’t sure of himself—was what made him so much fun to play.

Soller also said Andor‘s intricately detailed design work. “I remember going to one of the installations: the city was built by the architecture and the installation parts. Every little thing was thought out. Every box had something inside. . Every room has a whole life. There was this whole crowd before we started filming, and the crowd was separated and there was this line of Stormtroopers, and at that point I forgot I was in Star Wars because I was like, ‘Oh. , I’m in this socio-political drama that’s also a family drama and a love story. There’s all these wonderful things about today. And, [also] there is a group of evil. [laughs] I spilled my coffee and my son was very happy inside.

“Dedra is an ISB officer,” says Denise Gough about her character Dedra Meero. “And when we met him, he was at the top of the stairs. [but] it’s all about thinking and thinking. What I love about playing her is that she’s in this man’s world, and she’s seeing around her how people are missing what she sees. what is happening. We talked a lot about this– about Dedra and Syril and how they came into this world. They are kind of outsiders in the ISB. He climbed the stairs. I like to show the effect of power on a person – the danger of that pursuit of power and control, regardless of gender. I mean, I do the kind of love where you think ‘Oh, go girl,’ and then you remember he’s in a fascist group. [laughs] Yes, I am very happy to be able to play it. “

“I think Dedra is proud of herself that she’s working on this amazing team. She’s proud that she’s a part of this. And she wants to make her mark on this business of the Empire. I’ve got a scene where I walk into the house and I remember thinking how much he thought about that dress, like everything about working for the Emperor was all he wanted . The things that annoy him the most, and the best of all, are the things that annoy him the most. When I was [in the ISB headquarters], there is a character in this office who is kind of a mess— his clothes are ugly and he is stooped. And Dedra, I was like, ‘Oh my god, sit up.’ His simple style appeals to everyone. Then when he meets Cyril– I remember the first time Kyle and I worked together and I went, ‘He’s pure.’ I like it clean and tidy and clean [they both are] but they are living happily in a really clean house in an open space.

Like Kyle Stoller, Denise Gough has fond memories of the creative process. “[My favorite memory was] The setting is exactly what Kyle is talking about – it’s very complex and beautiful. You see, I don’t have a Star Wars page. I didn’t look. I loved Batman so much as a little girl, I had no connection to the Star Wars universe, really. And then I stood there and I had this comfortable dress and my gun. Then I was given two Death Troopers walking behind me, and I started [humming the ‘Imperial March’]then all the extras start [moving around], so all of a sudden I came across this group and I was like, ‘I mean, even though I’m someone who doesn’t like this, I can’t believe I’m doing this.’ Then, last week, I forgot [I’m in] Star Wars, and then suddenly you’re introduced, the trailer comes out and the poster comes out, and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, my grandchildren are coming.’ Now it’s like, ‘Oh my god, I’m in Star Wars.’ [laughs] I would like to know more about it. So I will learn… I will learn.”

Star Wars: Andor premieres with its first three episodes on Wednesday, September 21, exclusively via Disney +.

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