Andor’s Genevieve O’Reilly Explains How Mon Mothma Is Different This Time Around

The character of Mon Mothma was first played by Caroline Blakiston, making her debut as the Rebellion figurehead in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. However, the character has primarily been played by Genevieve O’Reilly, who’s appeared in Episode III, Rogue One, and the animated series Rebels.

O’Reilly has become the face and voice of Mothma through the time period before the Battle of Yavin (BBY) but after the tail end and fall of the Galactic Republic. The Disney+ series Andor will explore her character more than ever before. O’Reilly was excited to get back into the role.

“It was just so wonderful to get the call from Tony Gilroy–our quite brilliant writer and creator of this–who was interested in investigating more about Mon Mothma, who was interested in investing time and story in her not just as a political figure, but also as a woman,” O’Reilly told GameSpot. “That’s, you know, the phone call every actor wants to have. So I was really thrilled. And he’s a deeply curious and charismatic character, Tony Gilroy, and he’s someone you lean into.”

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Author: Mat Elfring