But that would be the last time because he doesn’t realize he has the
ultimate force of nature in front of him. These women are so powerful.
Together, they are as powerful as the ocean and the ocean is f—ing
- Director Jean-Marc Vallée
“He’s gonna have to fight these five women. He doesn’t realize that he is fighting the ultimate force of nature because they become one and they become as strong as this violent, angry ocean. Don’t fuck with us, motherfucker! That was the idea — that this guy is fighting against these women who represent the ocean, and that’s what they become and he’s gonna lose. There is no way you can fight this.” Jean-Marc Vallée
Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), and DJ (Benicio Del Toro) photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair
Among Johnson’s inventions for The Last Jedi are three
significant new figures: a “shady character” of unclear allegiances,
played by Benicio Del Toro, who goes unnamed in the film but is called
DJ by the filmmakers (“You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ,”
Johnson said); a prominent officer in the Resistance named Vice Admiral
Holdo, played by Laura Dern; and a maintenance worker for the Resistance
named Rose Tico, who is played by a young actress named Kelly Marie
Tran (and who is the sister of Paige, the character I witnessed in the
scene with Poe Dameron). Tran’s is the largest new part, and her
plotline involves a mission behind enemy lines with Boyega’s Finn, the
stormtrooper turned Resistance warrior.
All of us as women have a friend, or a relative, or have gone through [some kind of abuse] ourselves. There are all of these playful sort of comments on Big Little Lies about women’s manipulation or women’s dirty secrets, but in fact the biggest little lie is how we carry shame about what men have done. We have to learn to use our voice to protect ourself and each other, because there is no shame in what another person has done to us, and it’s time to defend ourselves and demand to be treated with respect. That’s such a profound thought—I just felt privileged to be a part of that story.
Shailene Woodley, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz speak onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
“Owning your sexuality is beautiful. You don’t in your 20s and 30s. You don’t know it in the same way. Now I honor my sexuality and how it’s developed. Being a feminist also comes with the joy of being female.”
Laura Dern photographed by Horst Diekgerdes for InStyle, April 2017