Many actors would do whatever it took to join the Star Wars universe, thanks to years of being a fan of the franchise, while other performers might not have the slightest clue about the galaxy far, far away. Solo: A Star Wars Story actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge was so unfamiliar with the science fiction saga that, when auditioning for her role of L3-37, she had a hard time comprehending what a droid was.
"I was going to the audition and I thought, 'This character is amazing, she's a revolutionary, she's really cool,' and the dialogue was amazing, and it said, just in one of the stage directions, 'droid.'
Waller-Bridge's frustrations weren't necessarily that she didn't recognize C-3PO and R2-D2, but didn't know how a "droid" would be defined, forcing her to make some desperate decisions.
"And the more panicky I got and I got to the audition and I was like, I'm just gonna play it like a human because the chances are, it's a human. Because most of the times when you audition, it's a human," the actress pointed out. "So I went in, as a human, and I did the audition, and the guys were like, 'Oh, that's really great, thank you. Could you try it a bit more droid-y?' [I replied,] 'What sort of droid-y vibe do you want?' And, luckily, one of the directors went like this, honestly, I saw his hand, he was like, 'A bit more like [imitates robotic movement],' and I was like, 'That's
This one slight mannerism immediately clicked with Waller-Bridge, resulting in an impressive, if ultimately unnecessary, robotic audition.
"And then I was full-on, like, I know what they want now," she added. "They decided they didn't need it to be droid-y at all, in the end. I think it might have worked in my favor that way."
Audiences can witness Waller-Bridge's droid when Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25th.
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