How Natasha Liu Bordizzo Sees Herself in Sabine Wren
At the core of the Disney+ streaming series Ahsoka was the question of legacy.
In the show, Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan Ahsoka Tano must come to grips with the realization that her master fell to the Dark side and emerged as Darth Vader.
Ahsoka, who had previously been assertive and headstrong, now finds herself questioning her own legacy, and whether or not she should pass on what she has learned to her own apprentice Sabine Wren.
Continuing Anakin’s Legacy
In many ways, Sabine exhibits the same recklessness that defined both Anakin Skywalker and the young Tano.
“Part of the reason Ahsoka originally had issues trusting Sabine was because I reminded her so much of her master in some ways, in terms of the internal struggle I was going through,” says Natasha Liu Bordizzo who plays Sabine Wren in the series.
Early in the series, Ahsoka has previously taken Sabine on as an apprentice, before cutting off her training.
“The line of descendants is full of nontraditional Jedi, and then Jedis who have turned. So it’s not necessarily a very steady, solid line to be trusted,” Bordizzo explains.
Eventually, with the help of Anakin himself, Ahsoka comes to grips with her master’s fall and her own past. She emerges all the wiser, and ready to take on Sabine’s training in earnest.
Bordizzo Could Relate to Sabine
For Bordizzo, Sabine was a character that was easy to relate to. The Mandalorian debuted as a teenager in Star Wars Rebels, but by the time of Ahsoka, she is no longer a kid.
“We’re the same age, actually, Sabine and I,” Bordizzo says.
“I was 28 when we shot it, and everything I was going through in life at that age, I wanted to channel it. She wasn’t a teenager anymore, but she’s still someone who needs guidance. Where I was at in life was very parallel to her. I was just at a big crossroads. Your late 20s can be kind of rough. You’re getting past a lot of stuff that used to interest you and moving into a new chapter.”
Unlike every other Jedi in Star Wars, Sabine is not Force-sensitive. Her weak connection to the Force is both a stumbling block for the young apprentice and an opportunity to make the character more relatable.
“The Force, and Sabine trying to achieve use of the Force, was such a metaphor for me of trying to achieve that groundedness in real life. It just made me laugh,” Bordizzo explains. “A lot of the time I would read the episodes and be like, ‘I can relate to that.’ Obviously, I’m not trying to achieve the Force, but it’s all related.”
What’s Next For Ahsoka and Sabine?
Ahsoka begins with the relationship between Sabine and her master clearly fractured. By the end of the series, however, they have come to understand one another better. So, where does Bordizzo think the relationship goes from here?
“Hopefully that can evolve,” Bordizzo adds. “It didn’t have enough time to evolve that much in season one, because as you’re learning about these characters, they’re also going through crazy upheaval and war and problems. So we’ll see where that goes.”
While a second season of Ahsoka has yet to be announced, both Dave Filoni and Rosario Dawson sound optimistic about the show continuing. Hopefully, we will see more of Sabine and Ahsoka soon.
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