Star Wars Battlefront 2 lead, Janina Gavankar, gets emotional in a new interview discussing the role of female protagonist Iden Versio. Gavankar’s likeness and voice are used for the character who will be the main star in Battlefront 2‘s story campaign.
Star Wars Battlefront 2: Janina Gavankar Tears Up About the Game
The Star Wars Show interviews Gavankar about the game and of course the conversation turns to how she was cast as Iden Versio (interview begins at 5:00). The actor, who has also starred in The L Word and True Blood, explains that “it’s the coolest thing that’s ever happened to me,” warning that “I get super emotional all the time an I’m really sorry if it happens here.”
As Gavankar herself predicted, the star gets teary-eyed when telling the Star Wars Show presenter that she would call her reps every day asking “is this the day we’re gonna get a yes or no?” about the casting. Gavankar told her reps “I need to know because if I don’t get this I’m gonna lose my s–t.”
“Everything was on the line, more than any other thing I’ve ever been up for. It means so much to me, I’ve never been more safe to be my emotional, nerdy self, in any gig I’ve ever done.” Hollywood involves a lot of pretending to be cool but every person that Gavankar has met as part of making Star Wars Battlefront 2 has been “wonderful.”
Those who tuned in to EA’s E3 press conference will already know that Janina Gavankar is hugely proud of her work with Star Wars Battlefront 2 – with some saying that her enthusiasm was the best part of the entire presser. And so the fact that the actor gets close to tears when discussing the game is no surprise.
But it’s also massively hopeful as it shows that the star of the entire thing is taking it very seriously and clearly has a love for the Star Wars universe and the character that she is playing.
Hopefully this enthusiasm and appreciation will translate into quality but if players can’t wait until November to get their Battlefront 2 fix, Gavankar also encourages people to pick up the Inferno Squad novel. Releasing in July, the book will detail the “deep and dark” things that have happened to Iden. Iden’s actor also voices the audiobook and touts it as essential reading (or listening) before the game is out.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 will be released on November 17 on Windows PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
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