Ashley Eckstein Live Chat Transcript

February 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Posted in Events, Her Universe, Interview, Star Wars, Television, The Clone Wars | Leave a comment

The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein did a live chat with Star Wars Books the other day covering a multitude of topics. You can check out the full chat here, or scan below for our edited transcript.

Ashley Eckstein: Hi Everyone! Thank you for joining the chat! I am looking forward to your questions! Ask away!

Ashley, my question is simple – do you ever feel like you are bringing in a wider audience to Star Wars with how you have Her Universe and such a powerful character in The Clone Wars? Adding a breath of fresh air to the fanbase so to say?

AE: I do believe that The Clone Wars has introduced Star Wars to a new generation of fans. I also think having a female Jedi like Ahsoka has brought a lot more girls into the franchise. I think Her Universe has made it a lot easier for female fans to be vocal about the fact that they like Star Wars.

Will you be making any more Star Wars shirts for Her Universe this year?

AE: YES! We are designing Several NEW Star Wars designs this year. Everything will be debuting in May. We are making shirts, dresses, jewelry…We have Rogue Squadron designs AND I am SO excited to announce that Lucasfilm has given us the rights to design shirts for the women in the EU, so expect more Mara Jade and Jaina Solo designs!

What’s your favorite thing about Star Wars?

AE: My favorite thing about Star Wars is the story. To me, it’s a story of hope and a story or good overcoming evil. I never get tired of stories told in the Star Wars Universe.

I was wondering what is your favorite part about playing Ahsoka?

AE: I love playing Ahsoka because she is such a strong and positive character in the Star Wars Universe. She’s a great role model for girls and boys. I’m also a big time Star Wars fan, so I love creating a new character in this Universe and discovering her story and path along with everyone else! Plus getting to go to events like Disney’s Star Wars Weekends is a nice perk :o)

What is your favorite expanded universe novel?

AE: I must admit, I am just getting started with the novels. I just started Scoundrels and I am so excited to dive right in to these amazing stories!

AE: Many of you are asking about the future of Ahsoka….I honestly don’t know Ahsoka’s eventual fate. I encourage you to watch the Season 5 finale on Saturday because there are some surprises. You will get some answers and then you will also probably have a lot more questions…You must tune in and bring some tissues…

Hey Ashley, while talking with Anna Graves last week, we thought of a shirt you could come out with having “The Doctor” save Ahsoka at the end of Star Wars The Clone Wars, think we could get a “tardis rescues Ahsoka” shirt?

AE: A TARDIS saves Ahsoka shirt would be hilarious! I think Ahsoka would make a great companion to the Doctor!

Huge fan here. Of The Clone Wars and of Her Universe. Being a creative force, have you ever thought of authoring a book, or story, set in this grand universe?

AE: I would love to author a book and it’s something that we’ve talked a lot about. We’ve been asking girls for the past three years about the stories and characters they would like to read about. My dream is to create a strong female character in the Sci-Fi universe. I think we could certainly use more of them.

Is it true that your character, Ahsoka Tano, and her current trials and tribulations, is the reason why Anakin falls a little farther from grace, and more toward the Dark Side?

AE: Thanks for joining the chat. I think the events from this Saturday’s episode affect Anakin in a big way. You have to tune in the see what happens.

Ashley , Would you like to be in a Star Wars live action film if you where asked to be in one?

AE: Yes, if I ever had the opportunity to do anything live action, I would be honored. My background is mostly in on camera work prior to my work on The Clone Wars.

Aside from Ahsoka, who is your favorite Star Wars character?

AE: My favorite Star Wars character is R2-D2! He is definitely my hero and he always seems to save the day! He just saved Anakin’s life in The Clone Wars 3 episodes ago.

Why do girls pretend to like Star Wars?

AE: Girls definitely do not pretend to like Star Wars. It’s a fact that close to half of all Star Wars fans are girls. There may be some girls and boys that pretend to know more about Star Wars than they really do, but I would encourage you to talk about Star Wars with them and teach them more. Sometimes people may pretend to know more than they really do because they want to fit in. But even if there is a seed of interest in Star Wars, it’s our job as fans to welcome NEW fans into this Universe. Especially during this exciting time! We are about to get more movies!

Did you think after That’s so Raven(my oldest loved that show when she was younger) that you’d be working with Disney when you took the role of Ahsoka Tano?

AE: I am a HUGE Disney fan and you could say that I “grew up Disney.” My dad worked for Disney, my very first job was at the Disney parks and it was a dream come true to work for Disney on That’s So Raven. I am very excited about Disney taking over Star Wars. I think we have some very exciting times ahead as Star Wars fans!

AE: Many of you are asking if I know anything about the movies or if I would have a role in them. Honestly, I know just as much as you do. I WISH I knew more but everything is so top secret. I would be honored to be involved in them in any way but I have no involvement in the movies right now.

AE: For everyone who is saying kind words about Ahsoka, I am very aware of how many people hated Ahsoka in the beginning. She came across really strong and very snippy. Dave Filoni and his crew have done an amazing job creating her character and story lines. I have become VERY attached to her and I think many people have become attached to her, as well, because we have been exploring the Clone Wars almost through her eyes. I asked fans for patience in the beginning with her character and I hope that over time, she’s won all of the hater’s over.

Very important question: Who would win at bowling, Anakin or Ahsoka?

AE: Ahsoka would win at bowling but Ashley would definitely lose…I think we all witnessed that my bowling skills are pretty pathetic! LOL

Would you like to do more Star Wars television or movies beyond Clone Wars? If so, what?

AE: I think we are going to see a lot more Star Wars on TV and in movies now that Disney is involved. I hope to be involved in the Star Wars Universe for many years to come but I also have other jobs in the works. Some have to do with Sci-Fi and some not.

Hi Ashley, I wanted to just commend you on the Fangirl of the Year campaign I think this will be great for fangirls of all ages and am so glad that you took this leap to do something like this.

AE: Thanks! I’m so glad everyone is so excited about The Year of the Fangirl! We have some amazing stories to share of some amazing women whose stories deserve to be told!

How do you feel about the darker tone the show has kind of taken the last few seasons, at least in comparison to the first two seasons? It’s obviously working its way towards Episode III and is still a kids show but it has had a more mature feel the last two seasons. Do you like the childish episodes or the more mature episodes more?

AE: The Clone Wars has definitely taken a darker tone because we are getting closer to Episode III. I think it’s integral to the time period to go in that direction. However, I think stories like the Youngling arc are important because we have a lot of young fans that want to know how lightsabers are made and how your lightsaber is designed….of wait…I’m 31 and I had those questions too! Sometimes the sweeter stories are a nice change of pace during these dark times.

Hi Ashley! Loaded question here. What would you like to say to EU fans who are quite concerned about continuity issues the show sometimes presents? I know you personally have no control over that, but might you have any words of wisdom? We love you!

AE: In terms of our show have continuity issues with the EU, I would say that The Clone Wars stories are directly from George Lucas. He has been integrally involved in the show from day 1 and he chooses the stories and the outcome. I think Dave Filoni has done a brilliant job at combining some EU characters into our show.

Favorite episode from TCW?

AE: I would say that my favorite Clone Wars episode(s) are the episodes that are airing now. This season finale is incredible and I particularly liked “The Jedi Who Knew Too Much” That chase scene was just beautiful and the sewer/tunnel scene broke my heart. I cried the first two times I watched it. The episode that airs this Saturday is one of my favorites too. The Mortis Trilogy is my second favorite arc.

Ashley, when the show started, have you ever imagined that it would have so much success, and that 6 years later you would be still doing it?

AE: Being the voice of Ahsoka has truly changed my life and I never imagined 6 years ago that I would still be doing this show and would have Her Universe and would be doing this chat today. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to all of the fans and to everyone on this chat today. I feel like I gained an entire family of Star Wars fans that I will remain friends with for the rest of my life. Thank you for everything you have done for me and my family. I am forever grateful!

AE: To everyone asking about Ahsoka’s future, I can’t say much until this Saturday’s episode airs. You will have many questions after that and hopefully we can have another chat then ;o)

Is David super-jealous of your Ahsoka wood burning? And would he like one of himself playing ball? LOL

AE: Did your family give me the Wood burning? It’s on my mantle! I LOVE it! Thank you so much for that!

AE: I’m so sorry that my typing has been so slow! I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone to joined this chat! I am excited to read more Star Wars novels and please let me know what female EU characters you want to see on some Her Universe shirts now that we have the rights to design them!

AE: A Jaina Solo shirt would be awesome and we definitely need to do another Mara jade shirt!

AE: I’m so sorry if I didn’t get to your question. Thank you for your support for The Clone Wars and Ahsoka. It honestly means the world to me!

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