Empire Magazine has been slowly releasing imagery and new details for The Mandalorian’s third season, and among them are some insights into how Jon Favreau leaned on Katee Sackhoff’s experiences as Bo-Katan to help shape her narrative for the new season.
Katee explained to Empire that both Jon Favreau and Rick Famuyiwa would regularly go to her to get her insights into how Bo would be feeling for a particular moment or seen.
“I’ve lived in this woman’s skin for a long time now. One of the things that Jon and I focus on is where she is in the moment, what peppers her experience. Jon and Rick, every single day, defer to me, which is a crazy experience, to have these masters asking me what I feel. Evolving from a solely voice role to a physical performance, it’s still the same Bo-Katan inside. It respects the craft, and the years that I have put in. I really do know her – her pain is my pain. When she experiences something, I really feel it.”Katee Sackhoff – Empire
Katee also revealed that five different people helped bring Bo to life in the upcoming season, and that a particular performer would be in the suit depending on the day’s needs.
“If one person has a better skill-set than the other, well, that person needs to put the suit on that day. That being said, I have a wicked knee-slide. I’ve been practicing my knee-slides on my mum’s kitchen with dish rags since I was five years old, so when that knee-slide comes up, you’ll know: that’s me. There are holes in my suit because I had to do that so many times. I came home with so many bruises on my knees. But I love that. If I came home with bruises, it was a good day!”Katee Sackhoff – Empire
In another article, both Katee and Pedro Pascal talked about how much more expansive the story will be in Season 3.
“What I love most about Season 3 is how much the world opens up in terms of Mandalore and Mandalorians. That means so many different facets of culture, politics, and rules and discoveries. Delicious doors are flying wide open.”Pedro Pascal – Empire
Sackhoff revealed that she was blown away by how deep into Mandalorian culture the season was going to get upon reading the script for the first time.
“[I was] texting Jon and Dave, ‘Are you serious?’ This is an epic season – it’s so big and so bold and so different. We know the family that she was born into; now what’s the family that she’s going to choose? What does that look like?”Katee Sackhoff – Empire
Nick and I will talk more about this interview on this week’s episode of the SWTS, so don’t forget to tune into the Star Wars Time Show on a weekly basis via our podcast platforms or via YouTube if you prefer the livestream angle.