27 Mar 2018 7:22 PM +00:00 UTC

Laura Dern Says Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Admiral Holdo Was Actually Force-Sensitive

Star Wars fans might not expect it after seeing Admiral Holdo (Laura Dern) in action in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but the Resistance officer also shared a certain connection with the Force – just not in the same level as Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Dern opened up and revealed that her violet-haired character was actually Force-sensitive after being asked if there was more to Holdo's backstory than what fans saw in The Force Awakens sequel.

Dern told the publication that she had a long talk with The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy about the history of Holdo, and apparently Holdo wielded the Force in am much different way.

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"In their minds, and in their understanding of the origin story, we know that she was a true rebel in the Resistance, and in our culture we might have called her a hippie," Dern explained. "But she was longing for peace, and a revolutionary in that way, and wanted to be trained by and led by Leia, who taught her everything she knew. She wanted to come up in the ranks to support Leia's mission, but also had this otherworldly side that does involve the Force."

Though she doesn't wield a lightsaber or use the Force to manipulate space, Dern was connected to the Force in a way that made her want to protect it. According to the actress, it was the Force that moved her to sacrifice herself in the film.

"Yeah, her primary goal was to protect the light, to protect the Force, and to keep the revolutionaries alive," Dern told the publication. "And I think the film speaks so beautifully to that with this last image of the next generation of the Resistance, you know?"

Holdo being connected to the Force as a subtle protector of light is an interesting premise. Not only does it add color to Holdo's character, it also adds depth to how others can be connected to the Force in Star Wars' galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is currently available on Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital HD.

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