Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge Share New Details About Their Characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story With EW

Entertainment Weekly‘s coverage of Solo: A Star Wars Story continues with two new interviews with the female stars of the movie – Emilia Clarke, who plays Qi’ra – a childhood friend to Han Solo, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who plays the droid L3-37, associated with Lando Calrissian.


First, we’ll start with a few excerpts from Anthony Breznican’s interview with Emilia Clarke, where the actress touched on her character’s relationship with the main hero of the movie and how she affected him.


From EW:

On Qi’ra’s relationship with Han:

Anthony Breznican: Sounds like a busy time, so thanks for talking to me about Qi’ra. She and Han Solo go back to their childhoods, so can you characterize the setup of their relationship?

Emilia Clarke: Well, they grew up as comrades, essentially. They grew up as pals, as partners in crime. There is obviously the romantic side of things. But they grew up together. So they were kids together. And the beautiful thing about this Han Solo story is it’s highlighting all of the most brilliant aspects of Han Solo the character and characterizing those aspects in characters that he meets on his journey to becoming who he is.


AB: So through her, he learns not to show his cards to people.

EC: She is a little bit of a tough one to get a hold of, really. There is this underlying joy in an origin story because you know where they end up. And Qi’ra is nowhere to be seen, so … something has happened! [Laughs] You know what I mean?


AB: The film will give us a reason why he doesn’t talk about her?

EC: Something must happened to affect him as a person, but for us fans not to know about her. Twists happen, and there is this great idea of trust — and who do you trust and how do you trust? And which side of the tracks are either character from — or going to?


On Qi’ra’s wealthy look:

AB: From the look of her, the elegant gowns and capes, I would have assumed this is somebody who is thriving. She looks wealthy.

EC: Well, if you have got a really glamorous lady in a really sordid environment you kind of know that maybe the glamour is hiding a few rough roads.


For the full interview with Clarke, make sure to go to EW.




Next is the story about the droid L3-37, played via motion capture by actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, most famous with her role in Amazon’s Fleabag. L3-37 stands for LEET, which as Anthony Breznican described means “the practice of substituting numerals for letters in words”.


‘Solo’ co writer Jon Kasdan (son of Lawrence Kasdan) reveals more about the droid:

She’s a self-modified droid. The idea is that she’s sort of a mutt, if you will, of various parts of different kinds of droids who has improved upon herself.


And if you look at the image with L3-37 above, you will indeed see different parts of the droid that reminds you of other droids. Jon adds:

She’s a complete individual in the galaxy. We wanted to have it be a completely different kind of droid than you’ve ever seen in the movies. And we definitely wanted it to be a female. We thought it was more than time for that.


Also Lawrence Kasdan himself shared about L3-37’s relationship with Lando in the movie. We’ve seen from the trailer that they both have some kind of bond.

She has a working relationship with Lando, and it’s very sophisticated and informed by years of working together. And, Phoebe, herself, is hilarious. The effect that she will appear in is amazing, but she comes through very strongly even with this astounding [CGI], both her humor and her physicality. If you meet Phoebe, she’s one of these people you just fall in love with immediately.


The article continues with quotes from Ron Howard and Kasdan about Phoebe’s comedic potential. For the full story as always go to EW.



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16 thoughts on “Emilia Clarke and Phoebe Waller-Bridge Share New Details About Their Characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story With EW

  • February 8, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Han got two btches, nice.

  • February 8, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Yeah, Qi’ra gonna betray Han’s trust.

    • February 9, 2018 at 2:38 am

      And yet another female Star Wars character who “gets it” in the end….

  • February 9, 2018 at 12:29 am

    did everybody see the Deadpool 2 trailer?

  • February 9, 2018 at 2:42 am

    “…the character and characterizing those aspects in characters…”
    That has to take up a lot of character :p

  • February 9, 2018 at 2:52 am

    …Okay, I’ll be honest, I was optimistic. I was full of hope. But now that I know that Han’s gonna have a childhood sweetie that ends up breaking his heart, I’m clocking out. Not into outright hatred, but… FUCK. Just, FUCK. He’s not a bar-corner lone-wolf slinking into the shadows, he’s a cocky wisecracking son-of-a-gun. Give him a backstory to match, goddamn it.

    • February 9, 2018 at 1:44 pm


    • February 9, 2018 at 1:59 pm

      I think my biggest fear about this movie is that they are going to portray Han as some kind of downtrodden scrappy orphan that some how by the end of the movie all the stars align and he finally catches a break. And then during the short interlude between this movie and ANH becomes a cocky, wisecrackin’, James Bond-type, ladies man.

      If that happens and with Han not being Harrison, my suspension of disbelief will vaporize into thin air. Maybe I can just pretend the movie is about some other guy. Juan Solo.

  • February 9, 2018 at 3:46 am

    I just wanna say that I watched Phoebe’s series “Fleabag” and it’s awesome.

  • February 9, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Love the title photo of this post. The strategically cropped composition to not only emphasis the two female actors, but also to remove Lord and Miller. Then, we have the brand spanking shiny new interior of the Falcon being there all along. From the outset, right in front of our very eyes.

  • February 9, 2018 at 5:57 am

    Damn I was hoping she would play a female alien. I really want an alien sidekick other than Chewbacca with some major screentime. We already have a bazillion of droids filling this position.

    • February 11, 2018 at 6:34 am

      Droids are easier and cheaper to animate, would surprise me if that wasn’t part of the thought process.

      • February 11, 2018 at 8:12 am

        They are cheaper but not as much as you might think and certainly not to a degree, where the screenplay is rewritten just to avoid having an alien sidekick. There have been believeable full CGI mocap characters like Gollum in Lord of the Rings for almost 20 years now. I can imagine that Lucasfilm is probably reluctant to do an animated sidekick out of fear that audiences might be reminded of Jar Jar.

  • February 9, 2018 at 9:26 am

    Picking up the issue so I don’t want to read too much into these. I will say, as a GOT fan….I hope I can get Khaleesi out of my head sometime during this movie….at least she isn’t blond !! BTW, will we ever get to see a blond as a lead in SW?? LOL. #blondsinSW

  • February 9, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Well I guess Q’ira is almost certainly going to get KIA’d in this movie then… unless she goes through a terrible mutation and turns into chewbacca. Loose end and origin story tied up all in one.

  • February 9, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Now I think this movie will be great. Only the same old virgins of 45 yo, 12 yo minded “fans” are far from being great.

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