Hayden Christensen Praises Her On-Screen Daughter ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’

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Leaving aside some justified niceties, Obi Wan Kenobi looks like it’s going to fall in Star Wars history as a great success. It has been a great audience success for Disney Plus, it threaded the needle to show us a new story between Revenge of the Sith Y A new hopeand provided a fun context for Anakin and Obi-Wan’s relationship.

Beyond all of that, one of the most praised elements of the show is ten-year-old Leia Organa, played by Vivian Lyra Blair. Blair managed to make a direct and insightful child character tolerable, with her portrayal of Leia as a perfect transition to Carrie Fisher in A new hope.

Hayden Christensen, who plays Leia’s on-screen father, Anakin Skywalker, didn’t get to share a scene with her, though she singled out Blair for what she accomplished. In an interview with E! Online, he said:

“I was moved to see young Leia in this story and how she is portrayed. I think they really imbued the character with all the qualities that make him great. And young Vivien has done a great job of bringing it to life.”

Christensen also says he recognized another key Star Wars character in her performance, saying she was “getting those little glimpses of Padmé” in her Leia.

Disney and Lucasfilm now have nine years of fertile ground for storytelling between Obi Wan Kenobi Y A new hope, and we hope that Blair will be part of those projects. We have already seen parts of the Rebellion being built in various Star Wars movies, shows, comics, and books, but showing how Leia learned from her experiences to become a valuable figurehead and leader against the Empire would be a really fun watch.

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Blair will soon appear in the Green Well drama Dear Zoewhich adapts Philip Beard’s novel of the same name, and later into a horror film the boogeyman based on a short story by Stephen King. He has shown that he has the talent to make it big in Hollywood, let’s hope he gets a chance to show what he can do.

Obi Wan Kenobi is available to stream in its entirety on Disney Plus.

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