"It was a very, very long experience." #Underwater star Jessica Henwick (@JHenwick), who was a finalist to play Rey in the new #StarWars films, describes the 6-month audition process and how she ended up with her role of Jess Pava https://t.co/yXAcFqckYl— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) January 11, 2020
With Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker currently in theaters, Henwick couldn’t help but reflect on her experience on 2015’s The Force Awakens, an experience that began with her auditioning for Rey over the course of six months. Henwick also updates the status of her X-wing pilot character, Jess Pava, and whether she survived Episode IX’s final battle or not.
“Jess Pava is alive and well. You can read up on all her adventures in new spinoff comic books,” Henwick says with a laugh. “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.”
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