Gina Carano, former MMA fighter and one of the stars of The Mandalorian, has explained how an emotional interaction with Jon Favreau has given her new confidence.
A number of people have made the transition from combat sports to Hollywood and Gina Carano is certainly someone who is doing it successfully. Next for her is the Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian, created by Jon Favreau.
In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Carano explained how an emotional encounter with Favreau has helped her confidence as an actress: “He looked at me before my big scene, one of my biggest introductory scenes in Mandalorian, and he was like, ‘We’re gonna change your trajectory right now.’ I think he’s a very honest man, and he’s seen the struggle, and he’s seen what happens to careers and he’s like, ‘We’re gonna change your path right now’… He’s like, ‘From here on out, you’re gonna choose jobs that are complementing [you]. And you’re gonna choose jobs that challenge you. And you’re gonna believe in yourself. From this scene forward.'”
The actress continued: “I was welling up with tears. And I went out and I crushed that scene. And it was like, a scene when I first read the script I was like, ‘Oh gosh, this is more than I’ve ever been given — how am I going to do this?’ And then, with him, I really trained for it, and I really was present… He believed in me and it helped me believe in myself.”
It’s certainly a lovely story and makes it seem like the set of The Mandalorian is a great place to be for actors. Star Wars fans can see Carano in action when the series debuts in November.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.
The Mandalorian sees Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) leading a cast that includes Gina Carano (Deadpool), Carl Weathers (Rocky), Nick Nolte (Afflication), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Supernatural), Omid Abtahi (American Gods), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man).