A version of this story originally appeared in Latina magazine’s December 2016/January 2017 issue.
When Diego Luna isn’t standing up for equality for Latinos on Earth, he’s fighting for freedom in a galaxy far, far away. Here, in an exclusive interview with Latina, the Mexican actor/director speaks on entering one of pop culture’s most treasured franchises with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
What can you share about your role as Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?
It’s one of the most important roles in my life. I’ve been waiting for it since I was 6 and I saw Star Wars for the time. I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Star Wars world; the films were very important to me. All my older cousins were huge fans, and I wanted to belong to that community.
Who was your favorite Star Wars character?
My favorite . . . that’s a difficult question to answer. It depends where you are in your life. Which character I will relate to the most. I always liked by Darth Vader. I remember when I was a kid, I went to the toy store for the Darth Vader pencil case. I took that to school for years. It was the most precious and valuable thing I’ve ever had. And you had to wait two months, put your order, and wait two months for it to arrive. It was the feeling that this was the most valuable thing ever.
When the trailer was released, people were saying, “I’m so happy Diego Luna got to keep his accent.” Was it ever a discussion with the producers or director?
[Laughs] No. Obviously, I had to work a lot on clarity so I could be understood everywhere. But I got the role because of who I am and everything that makes me different to everyone else. One thing is my accent. They were really happy with it. It definitely makes sense in the world we’re portraying.