First Ahsoka Tano Actor, Ashley Eckstein, Welcomes Rosario Dawson And Shares Thankful Message To Fans
It’s no secret by now that the popular character of Ahsoka Tano made her live-action debut in Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian. She is the most prominent character first introduced in animation to cross over into live-action. Rosario Dawson ended up playing Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, an actor some fans on social media said would be perfect for the role. Yet some people wanted the actor who played her in The Clone Wars to bring her to the screen, like Katee Sackhoff did for Bo-Katan. Well, Ahsoka Tano voice actor Ashley Eckstein shared her reaction to seeing the character in live-action after some fans tried to get “#ThankYouAshley” topic trending on social media.
Ahsoka Tano Voice Actor Ashley Eckstein Was First To Play The Character
As discussed in-depth in our deep dive into Ahsoka Tano, the character first appears in the Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars. While some small-minded fans found the character quirky and somewhat obnoxious, Dave Filoni developed a kickass addition to the franchise’s cast. Now beloved by fans, Tano became a counterpoint to the journey of Anakin Skywalker towards the dark path.
After exiting The Clone Wars, the character reappears in another Star Wars animated show, Rebels. Being older and more mature, the best storylines with the character appear in this show before actually concluding in the final season of Clone Wars, years later. Throughout this run, it was voice actor Ashley Eckstein who gave life to Tano. She even revived the voice in The Rise Of Skywalker, as one of the many to speak to Rey in the climax. So when everyone clamored for the character to come to live-action, some fans thought Eckstein was the obvious choice. However, Tano was more in line with actress Rosario Dawson, who is no stranger to high-action performances.
Rosario Dawson Plays The First-Ever Live-Action Ahsoka Tano
Dreams became reality when news broke that Rosario Dawson indeed would be the live-action Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian. Dawson fits the look and styling of the character and was wonderful in Chapter 13. However, a small section of Star Wars fans still wanted Eckstein to play the character in live-action. Ahsoka Tano voice-actor Ashley Eckstein subtly acknowledged those fans in an Instagram post. The message has her reacting to the live-action Tano, as well as further instilling goodwill in the Star Wars fandom.
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The caption in her post is largely focused on her experience playing the character. Her journey from the beginning as Ahsoka, and what the character means to audiences. Eckstein also discussed the character itself, and how she’s a beacon of hope and light. It feels very much like a way to quell any toxic reaction from her loyal following, possibly upset at her not being the live-action version of the character. It’s a great response, especially the end of their message.
“It’s my wish that Ahsoka continues to bring people joy, light, and most importantly hope. This is the way of Ahsoka Tano.”
— Ashley Eckstein, Instagram
The Two Ahsoka Tano Actors Converse On Social Media
The greatest thing about Ahsoka Tano voice-actor Ashley Eckstein’s message is how even Dawson responded on social media, thanking her for her contribution to the character. Eckstein replied by welcoming Dawson to “#TeamTano”. It’s a heartwarming interaction showing that a character in any fandom goes beyond casting or other behind the scenes issues. Their example, of actors getting along, will hopefully inspire the fans to accept the actor in the role as well.
Chapter 13 of The Mandalorian, The Clone Wars, and Rebels are all streaming right now on Disney Plus.
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