Ahsoka Tano Embodies Hope and Lives in All of Us, Ashley Eckstein Says

by Jeremy Spirogis
Ahsoka Tano in Episode 5, "Gone With a Trace,"

Ahsoka Tano is among the most formative characters in Star Wars, particularly for the prequel period. While she didn’t seem within the movies, her contribution to the Clone Wars and Anakin Skywalker’s story makes her so important. Not to say, Ahsoka has her personal followers and journey that resonates with the fandom. The Clone Wars’ final season is at the moment premiering, and Ashley Eckstein — the voice of Ahsoka — talked with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about how Ahsoka embodies hope and what she means to her. 

Ahsoka Tano in Episode 5, "Gone With a Trace," 'The Clone Wars' Season 7.
Ahsoka Tano in Episode 5, “Gone With a Trace,” ‘The Clone Wars’ Season 7 | Disney+

Ahsoka conjures up hope, which is much-needed in a time like this

Ahsoka began as Anakin’s Padawan within the 2008 function movie, The Clone Wars. Now, 12 years later, the character remains to be going sturdy within the Star Wars franchise, showing in Star Wars Rebels and even making a cameo in The Rise of Skywalker. Now, within the remaining season of The Clone Wars, Ahsoka finds herself at a troublesome spot. But for Eckstein, the previous Jedi represents mild and hope in darkened conditions, which is one thing we want proper now. 

She identified a line that may be heard in a current trailer, the place Ahsoka stated, “In my life when you find people who need your help, you help them. No matter what. I guess it’s just who I am.” And Eckstein factors out that, after all, the previous Padawan is the one to remind everybody to assist in occasions of disaster even when the coincidence is simply that. 

“You know, leave it to Ahsoka,” she says. “As we’re all sitting at dwelling watching these new episodes of The Clone Wars, go away it to Ahsoka to convey us all hope. And she’s right here to do exactly that.” 

Ahsoka “represents the Light Side of the Force” for Eckstein, and has helped her by way of a few of the tougher occasions.

“I’ve received thousands upon thousands upon thousands of hate messages in the past. You know, I’ve experienced the worst of the worst, but I’ve experienced the best of the best,” Eckstein says.

Eckstein’s story is similar to Ahsoka’s

Ahsoka Tano has such an plain influence on Anakin Skywalker. Even although he’s her grasp, her presence makes him develop in methods you don’t get to see within the movies. And for Eckstein, she was very a lot residing out an Ahsoka-esque journey when she first began on The Clone Wars

“I look again now. I used to be the identical as Ahsoka. You know, Ahsoka was Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan. Clone Wars was my very first voiceover job,” she says. “I had done a couple small jobs here and there prior, but Ahsoka was my first big job in voiceover. And so finally, when I got the voice of Ahsoka, I found myself very much the Padawan in a cast of Jedi Knights.”

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Eckstein says that Dave Filoni, the supervising director for The Clone Wars, taught her a lot. “Dave Filoni became my Anakin. He became my brother, as you could say,” she says. “And he taught me a lot, and I had a lot to learn.” While she had room to develop, the position of Ahsoka opened up so many prospects for Eckstein. And as we all know, Ahsoka went on to develop into one of the highly effective Force wielders, as proven in Rebels.

Eckstein has gone from TV, to style, to books in her profession

While nonetheless an actress and the voice of Ahsoka, Eckstein additionally based her style model, Her Universe. It wasn’t only a strategy to create “geek” style for girls and women, but in addition to fight a whole lot of bullying fangirls obtain in fandom communities. She just lately instructed SYFY WIRE’s Jabba the Pod podcast that the model is a manner to assist girls and women really feel snug of their pursuits and acquire confidence. 

She tells us that there’s going to be a brand new The Clone Wars assortment coming, with some issues out there on Shop Disney. “It’s awesome. It is so awesome,” Eckstein says. 

And as for books, Eckstein already wrote It’s Your Universe, which tells her story of “growing up Disney” and dreaming of being an actress on a Disney platform. And now she wrote a Little Golden Book about Ahsoka referred to as, I Am a Padawan, which comes out April 7. Eckstein says she grew up with these books and is worked up to share Ahsoka’s story with so many extra individuals. 

“There are so many classes in there for youths, particularly these which might be simply being launched to Ahsoka and on the earth of Star Wars,” Eckstein says. “This story is chock full of messages of hope, messages of bravery and friendship, and helping others… Lessons that, you know, I think we can teach the new generation of fans, but also they’re good reminders to us.”

While Eckstein doesn’t know what’s subsequent for Ahsoka Tano, apart from the remainder of this season of The Clone Wars, the previous Jedi will all the time be with the actress. And for her group of followers, she’ll all the time be Ahsoka.

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