Dave Filoni and Rosario Dawson sat down with Vanity Fair to discuss the creation of the live action Ahsoka Tano we saw in last weeks 13th Chapter of The Mandalorian, The Jedi. Dawson discusses her approach to the character, her friendship with Hayden Christensen, the process of physically becoming Ahsoka and her fellow Tano, Ashley Eckstein and also a fascinating tidbit of information regarding an infamous image of George Lucas.

We heard a lot of stories about Werner Herzog being obsessed with Baby Yoda when he was on the show last season. I wondered, Rosario, what’s it like to be around…I guess after this episode we can call him Grogu now? Maybe I should call him the Artist Formerly Known as Baby Yoda?

Dawson: [Laughs.] It built it up for me. Like, what is it going to be like when I get on set? And actually some of the guys who worked with Grogu were folks I had met before, because they worked on Men in Black II with the worm guys. So it’s like, these people have been doing this for a really, really long time, and there’s several different guys, and one controls the ears, and the other one the eyes, and the arms are moving. You’re holding this adorable, unbelievably cute, tiny little creature, and it’s blinking, it’s looking at you, and its mouth is moving, and its ears are moving, and it’s so soft, the little hairs on its head. [Sighs.] I mean, it’s unbelievable. I completely was with Werner. I understood what he was going on about.

You also got to meet up with George Lucas on set.

Dawson: I actually got to be there on the day that there’s that photo. Someone took a picture of George Lucas holding Baby Yoda. I’m still calling him Baby Yoda—Grogu! I was there that day. I was all dressed up, I was just off to the side of that photo, all done up as Ahsoka. And I remember it broke the internet when that picture came out. It was just an amazing, amazing moment, and we were all beside ourselves. It was definitely very “geek out.”

It’s a fascinating and comprehensive interview, well worth a read.

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