Hugging the Dark Side Out of Adam Driver

Photograph by Annie Leibovitz, VF


Adam Driver (a.k.a. Kylo Ren), the villain for the next generation of Star Wars fans, has a pretty intense attitude towards the role. Vanity Fair and David Kamp reveal how his cast mates deal with it.




Driver isn’t keen to reveal much about his approach to the role, though he says he finds something personal in every role he plays. “The things about that character that I find painful, that I really relate to, I kind of prefer to keep to myself,” he said to Kamp.


His colleagues, Mark Hamill and John Boyega, each dealt with Driver’s intensity in their own way.


Hamill said:

He’s very moody and intense. I remember saying to Adam, ‘I don’t know how you work, or your technique. But, at some point, you were my nephew. I probably bounced you on my knee. I probably babysat for you. There’s that side, and now we’re both estranged from the Skywalker family. All I’m suggesting is, if you’d like, maybe we could go to lunch, we could get together and hang out.’


Driver didn’t take Hamill up on his offer, but the older actor took it in stride.




Boyega, on the other hand,  together with Daisy Ridley works to lighten the mood on the set when things become too heavy. With regards to Driver, Boyega had this to say to Kamp:


“I give Adam hugs randomly, just for no reason,” he said.

“And does he take it?” I asked.

“He just stands there,” Boyega said. “He just waits for me to be done.”


Who else wants to see a video of one of these moments?


For the continual Vanity Fair coverage of The Last Jedi on this 40th Anniversary day, head over to their site here.



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Jelena Bidin (LadyMusashi)

Staff member, comic and book reviewer. Cheers for the Light Side, but would drink with Grand Admirals.

12 thoughts on “Hugging the Dark Side Out of Adam Driver

  • May 25, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    Either he’s doing the Daniel Day Lewis method acting thing and not breaking character during the shoot, or he’s just a very intense, serious person who went through the discipline of the Marine Corps and isn’t the playful, jokey, huggy type.

    • May 25, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      I think it’s a little bit of both. No one goes as deep as DD Lewis and Adam actually has a sense of humor, but Hamill addressed him as a nephew and I actually think Kylo would have the same reaction to a random hug. Or a lightsaber through the chest. 😀

  • May 25, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    If mark hamill invites you to lunch you cant say no

    • May 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      To paraphrase from “Ghostbusters”

      “When Mark Hamill invites you to lunch, you say YES!

  • May 25, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Kylo is the best character from the ST, so far. Plus, I love Driver and his elasticity as an actor, and his comedian pedigree may lead to a very complex portrait of his character. I can’t wait to see his “adventure”. And his fighter 😉

    • May 28, 2017 at 3:58 am

      he and Snoke are the only new characters I care about in this movie. Oh yeah a Del Toro’s character too.

  • May 25, 2017 at 11:29 pm

    Yes. I love Adam driver how he came from my hometown San Diego was in the marines and now playing kylo ren. I envy him lol if I was a actor I would have the same approach to stay true to the character. his seriousness his exactly what helps him focus and fuel that kylo ren hate.u know he has a sense of humor because he’s also Matt the radar tech. I would totally go to lunch with mark hamill. That would be a awesome day.

    • May 26, 2017 at 1:54 am

      hey I am from San Diego too!

      • May 27, 2017 at 10:14 pm

        Cool! Are u going to comic con. I missed the tickets this year 🙁

        • May 28, 2017 at 3:57 am

          I have never once been to comic con because its so hard to get in. I know a ton of people who dont even care about comics or movies or video games or any of that stuff and they go every year.

          • May 28, 2017 at 6:26 pm

            Yes. I used to go every year but it’s been so hard now for that exact reason. The tickets are wasted on people who don’t even care about it and just go as a trend

  • May 26, 2017 at 7:05 am

    He seems like a good guy in real life unlike his character but his acting in TFA was just slightly above Christensen, There are some truly awkward scenes and lines delievered by him. His character arc has potential that hasn’t been realized yet so hopefully like Hayden performance will improve in TLJ.

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