Andor's Mon Mothma is a specific portrait of the Star Wars hero

Andor’s Mon Mothma is a specific portrait of the Star Wars hero

As we see in this week AndoroMon Mothma is far from the pinnacle of her powers. Though only seen briefly in the Star Wars films, the Republic’s leader’s legacy looms large: she is one of the few to face Supreme Chancellor Palpatine during the Republic’s last days; she secretly helped establish the Rebel Alliance; and eventually she became the leader and face of the organization. But in Andoro she’s only halfway through that journey. Here Mon Mothma is just a senator, working covertly to fight against the highly fascist regime in which she is imprisoned.

“I feel that when we meet her in Andoro she has been fighting this battle for a long time. And I feel like she’s getting nowhere, “Genevieve O’Reilly, who played Mon Mothma in” Revenge of the Sith, Rogue One, and Star Wars Rebels and resume the role in Andoro. “It’s a wall of power and oppression for her that she’s tired of fighting.”

In this way she can be compared to Andorothe titular hero. Both she and Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) hope for a better life for themselves, their loved ones and the civilizations around them, but are stopped at every turn by the Empire’s troops. Mon Mothma was burned trying to make changes from within the Empire (her days in the Star Wars prequels), and Cassian, as he reveals in this episode, as a soldier on Mimban.

But while their goals may overlap somewhat, Cassian’s experiences have made him resolute against any authority figure. And while he doesn’t know he’s been working with the likes of Mon Mothma from Episode 4, O’Reilly thinks she knows exactly how he’d react: “If Cassian met Andor Mon Mothma at the very beginning, she’d definitely be the establishment he’s at.” would act against it.”

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Yet she considers it true to the underlying philosophies Andorowhole ethos. “It’s a bit more truthful, I think, for the strata of navigating society; to have a fight in a fight we recognize from our world,” O’Reilly reflects, pointing out that their differences make the Rebel Alliance, which is currently on the rise, powerful. “You see a woman risking her life in a very different way than Cassian risking his life.”

O’Reilly says she didn’t just draw from her scenes in Revenge of the Sith (even those who were removed from the final film who still make up the character’s “cellular memory” for her), but from real female politicians of all levels, citing Rep. Liz Cheney, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. While her situation is more precarious than we’ve ever seen, this is her own make-or-break time — even if we know it ends happier than Cassian’s.

“She used to believe she could make change within the realm, and that’s what she tried to do with Amidala and Organa in those early scenes,” O’Reilly says. “Now she has to go outside the structure. She has to take risks, she has to enter a dangerous environment. And she really needs to put her own beliefs on the line.”

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