Star Wars Hasbro Designer Steve Evans discusses his relationship with Lucasfilm and Kylo Ren
Kylo Ren is rediculously popular, why do think that is?
Evans: Because we’re all flawed. The heritage is interesting, him being Darth Vader’s grandson and the relationship with Han so he’s almost like a perfect bridge from the old trilogy to the new trilogy and is the one that we know about. There are similarities with Vader, when he takes the helmet off and shows the person underneath. He’s very ‘today’, he’s confused, he doesn’t know what he’s doing and that’s kind of a little bit reflective of today’s society. He’s a great actor and has a very specific voice, it’s instantly recognisable, very iconic looking.
Star Wars has always been about the bad guys as much as the good guys I think and the fact that the bad guys become good and the good become bad, everything is grey within the story, what is right, what is wrong, what is good, what is bad.
The Star Wars design team are all fans anyway so that’s the first gate and obviously we work very closely with Lucasfilm right from the very beginning of understanding what the story is and who the characters are, which characters we should do, getting reference whether it be scans or photography. Then obviously we work back and forth with them for approvals on concept sculpt, deco and paint applications and they see all the pre-production samples. So there’s stringent checking and approval all the way down.
Although fans might be thrilled that Ellen Pompeo will return for a 13th season of Grey’s Anatomy this fall, the actress recently revealed she likely would have left the show by now if she were younger.
“My decision to stay on Grey’s was based solely on age,” the 46-year-old told People. “At 33, I was wise enough to know my clock was already ticking in Hollywood.”
Pompeo landed the coveted role of Meredith Grey on the ABC drama when she was 34, before which her biggest credits were minor film roles in Ben Affleck’s Daredevil, Catch Me If You Can and Old School. Pompeo admits that if she had gotten an earlier start in acting, she “probably would have done my time, then gone out to search for other things.” However, Pompeo chose to keep re-upping her contract with the Shondaland series because she believed it would be “challenging” to land other roles in her late 30s and 40s.
Despite the large role Hollywood ageism played in Pompeo’s decision to stay with Grey’s, the actress is quite content with her choice. “I thought, ‘Why would I leave something that is super successful and pays me great to search the landscape?’ she said. "I decided that I would stay on Grey’s and be grateful and try to ride it out for as long as I could. And I am very happy that I made the decision to stay. It’s only gotten better with time.”
But there is one aspect of her job Pompeo has yet to come to terms with: “Watching myself age on TV is miserable. To be honest, it’s the toughest part of my job.”
“But as uncomfortable as watching myself age is, I don’t think focusing on physical beauty is necessarily the best thing for your mind,” she continued. “It’s a natural thing that we all do, but I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing. The older you get, the more you realize life isn’t about your looks. Everyone ages, and it’s OK.”