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Jessica Henwick Said She Almost Played Rey In New Star Wars Films

January 13, 2020 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Jessica Henwick Rey Star Wars

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jessica Henwick spoke about being very close to getting the role of Rey in the new trilogy of Star Wars films, but eventually was passed over in favor of Daisy Ridley. Henwick would eventually land the minor role of Jess Pava instead. Here are highlights:

Jessica Henwick on if Jess Pava survived The Rise of Skywalker: “Jess Pava is alive and well. You can read up on all her adventures in new spinoff comic books. I was auditioning for a different character, actually, so I spent six months auditioning for that character. And then, at the end, J.J. said, ‘I want you to be in the film, but I want to write a character for you.’ That’s how Jess Pava was created. But, after six months, you can’t help but just desperately want [the original role]. So, I was a mess at the end of those six months.”

On the end of Iron Fist: “I definitely would’ve loved to have done more Daughters of the Dragon-type stuff with Simone (Missick). We had so many great ideas. So, that’s something that I would’ve loved to have visited, but for the most part, Colleen had a great journey. It was this real zero-to-hero type moment for her at the end of season two. So, yeah, I feel happy.”

On the casting process for The Force Awakens: “Oh my God, dude. That was fucking six months. That was a long one. I was auditioning for a different character, actually, so I spent six months auditioning for that character. And then, at the end, J.J. said, “I want you to be in the film, but I want to write a character for you.” That’s how Jess Pava was created. So, it was a very, very long experience. It’s hard because I’ve been doing this long enough to know that you go in, audition, put it to the back of your mind, don’t think about it and don’t get emotionally invested. But, after six months, you can’t help but just desperately want it. I’m also such a big J.J. fan. So, I was a mess at the end of those six months.”

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