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A look back at Adam Driver’s Terry Gross interview, April 2015

This felt like a good time to revisit this excellent interview of Adam Driver by NPR’s Terry Gross, recorded in April, 2015

The recently-released Vanity Fair article (May 2017) appears to be feeding some misconceptions about Driver in the Fandom; particularly this passage, in which Driver declines to discuss the underlying personal motivation he is bringing to the character of Kylo Ren:


“There’s big personal things that I find about every character, not just in Star Wars, that you have to make as personal as possible,” he told me. “It’s the big joke about being an actor, that you make everything you’re doing seem like it’s life or death” - including his internal process of becoming Kylo, about which he is circumspect. “The things about that character that I find painful, that I really relate to, I kind of prefer to keep to myself,” he said.—

Adam Driver about playing Kylo Ren in Vanity Fair


Combined with the notes suggesting that Driver didn’t want to eat lunch with Mark Hamill, and John Boyega’s humorous quip about hugging Driver to try to lighten the mood on set, the Vanity Fair article may intentionally be painting a picture that suggests Driver resembles his on-screen persona in dark intensity. While this might be useful in generating hype in advance of the release of The Last Jedi, if there are corners of fandom imagining that Driver is drawing on some kind of personal evil to create the character of Kyo Ren, it’s a problem that needs to be addressed.

Part of what I enjoy about Gross’ interview of Driver is that she asks excellent questions; she and Driver talk about HBO Girls, and about the film While We’re Young (which was newly released at the time), but they also discuss Driver’s childhood in Mishawaka, Indiana, his decision to enlist in the Marines shortly after the 9/11 attacks, the devastation he felt when he was medically discharged after an injury, his education at Juilliard, Arts in the Armed Forces, and his own unusual appearance. 

Driver is funny and relaxed in this interview, and provides a glimpse into his early life and young adulthood which I think shed light on some of the “things that he relates to” which are part of the character he is creating on-screen. 

Maybe this is kind of a PSA: Of course an artist’s personal experiences may inform their creative work; this is part of what makes art strong. The fictional character on screen is not the same as the real person. Don’t jump to conclusions about what you’re seeing before the story is done.

anonymous asked:

Honestly my question is how does Ren only have gold on his fingertips... like it would be all down my palm and covering everything but the thumb. That boy has some serious skill to keep the lube so neat! But I guess it is expensive, maybe Hux would be cross with him if he wasn't careful not to waste it and only get it where it's important~

It’s on Hux’s other hand, he’s the one who lubed up Ren’s dick and also applied it on himself. Ren only shoved his fingers in his donut hole to make sure it was nice and ready before lifting him and letting the gravity (Hux’s own weight) do the rest of the work.

That lube costs an awful lot of money, we’re not letting Ren play with it.

Absence

Author: imaginesxreaders
Warnings: major fluff, insecure!kylo, scar reveal
Description: After several months of his absence, Kylo returns to your home on Naboo in secret.

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It had been three months, yet anxiety tugged at Ren’s heart as he stood in front of her door. Three months without seeing her and he was nervous. Why shouldn’t he be? They had parted ways so quickly - ripped apart by time and deadlines. He practically risked his life taking the trip to her doorstep, galaxy across galaxy. He wondered what she would think of his wound. His scar.

‘What if she doesn’t like it?
What if it shows I’m weak?
Maybe she doesn’t even want to see me after I left her so quickly.’

Although it was a warm summer night on Naboo, he felt a cold shiver run up his spine under his brown robes. He looked back up at the sky as it flowed with stars. And it was true, Ren loved you more than words could ever show. You were the call to the light. The humming in his ears and the ache in his hands. Even now, he could feel your heartbeat as you dwelled inside. He could feel the blood run through your veins, like you were connected in some way.

But he was so unsure of your feelings towards him. He left so suddenly the last time you two met, without any notice or warning. But that didn’t matter now, Ren was there and he traveled so far to see you. He knocked on the door rather forcefully. He swiped his head left and right as he grew paranoid someone would see him. Most of the people on the peaceful planet didn’t dress like he did. Although he left his mask and black robes behind, he still wore a black tunic. His scar only added to his menacing figure, and he was often taller and larger than other men standing next to him.

Ren grew impatient and he knocked once more. Only this time the sound of books falling erupted behind the dark wood. Some incoherent curses could be heard, and he knocked once more.

“Just a moment!” you shouted, and he felt his chest tighten. He heard your bare feet pat against the floor, and some rather frantic shuffling of papers. After about a minute of the reoccurring moments Ren got perhaps too impatient. With his heavy boots he kicked the door off of his hinges and it slammed to the floor with a clang.

His eyes scanned the room for you, only to see your figure in the corner still frantically searching for some sort of papers. “I have the credits with me,” you said as your voice shook with fear. “I swear I set them here a couple days a-” you paused in mid sentence as you turned to meet his gaze.

For a moment you stood still, gazing upon him. You dropped your papers as instinct gripped your brain, running over to him.

Ren stomped his way over to you, locking his hands on your jaw as he smacked his chapped lips against your own. Your hands wrapped around his thick biceps as you melted into the roughness of his actions.

He felt all anxieties melt away as he touched you. His hands slid their way into your hair as he gently pulled at the roots. He finally pulled away, resting his forehead against yours as he closed his eyes- relishing in the softness of his hands against your neck.

He suddenly felt your cool fingertips against his cheek, running across the scar upon his face. Ren grabbed your hand, pushing it back against your side. You starred at him for a moment with your eyebrows furrowing. “I’m ashamed of it.” he said, absent of a tone as a whisper fell from his lips.

His eyes looked slightly glossed over as they twinkled under the soft warm light of your quarters. “Don’t be.” you whispered, leaning in towards his face. “Show me everything. I’m willing to listen, to see.”

Ren didn’t think twice. He grabbed both your hands, leading them to his jaw and cheeks. Ren focused hard as he stared into your eyes, you closed your own as you began to hear a slight humming in your ears.

Images flowed into your head. His father, a brown haired girl, and his mother. But suddenly it all played out like a production in your head, it all made sense to you. The fear and anxiety. The loneliness and the retribution.

By the time you opened your eyes, Ren was sobbing as he pressed his forehead against yours. You pressed your hands against his hair and pushed his face into you neck. He wrapped his arms tightly around you to the top of you back. He dug his fingers into your skin and he began to cry loudly into your nightgown.

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Rey vs Kylo Ren fan animation; had to cut it into two halves because of the gif size.

You can see the full thing HERE thanks to this awesome guy who had the suggestion.

I had a lot of difficulties doing this, but I’m glad I didn’t scrap it like so many other things. It’s good to do something really challenging from time to time and keep coming back to it until it’s done. It might not be perfect, but at least you have a result and can’t get away without solving some problems you didn’t know how to deal with before.

  • [Before a Pledis company meeting]
  • Kyulkyung: Okay, all the straight™'s of the company are gonna assume we're one of them. So we'll be like gay secret agents!!!
  • Rena: Lesbionage.
  • Jun: Bi spy!
  • Woozi: It's an ace case.
  • Ren: Pan with a plan.
  • Hoshi: ...
  • Hoshi: Secret gaygent.