I was invited to an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles courtesy of Disney to attend the #HanSoloEvent in exchange for my coverage. No other compensation was provided. All views shared are completely my own.
In SOLO: A Star Wars Story, by the age of 18, young QI’RA played by Emilia Clarke, was already enmeshed in a life of crime, working for a gang on Corellia. She grew up with Han, while there was somewhat of a love interest, they had a lot in common from childhood.
She walked in the interview room and sat at the table with a huge smile and a contagious positive attitude! I loved her role as QI’RA, and I think I loved Emilia Clarke more as she sat there bright eyed and equally interested in talking to all 25 of us. Especially since, she truly won me over in Me Before You, but that’s another story all together…remind me to tell you about it later.
There were so many amazing questions posed to Emilia Clarke from the enthusiastic team of Disney bloggers. Just take a look at the photo, can’t you tell how determined we were? LOL!
Seriously, as I read through my notes, it was hard to determine how I was going to effectively share her powerful answers and perspective. I was truly impressed by Emilia and inspired by her insight. She spoke about the similarities between her personality and Qi’ra’s saying,
“Well goodness, I think that Qi’ra is definitely a survivor. She does what she needs to do to keep being around. She’s lived a huge amount in the short time that we don’t see here. And I had to grow up really quickly.”
Instantly I identified with both Qi’ra and Emilia. I too consider myself as a survivor. I have survived things that others have literally lost their minds or have taken their own life over. I had to grow up very fast and lived a very interesting life in a short amount of time. As she spoke of her role as Qi’ra, I was fighting back tears of joy, pain and conviction. If I had to sum up the lessons from my favorite quotes from Emilia, they would be:
- Don’t Stress About the Unknown
When asked if she was intimated by playing the woman who came before Princess Leia, she answered saying, “Well I just tried not to think about it. I’m not gonna’ lie. It’s scary enough like standing under the Star Wars banner. It’s before her so I don’t need to spend too much time worrying about that.”
- Know That Women Are Strong
I wanted to cheer so loud when Emilia shared her perspective on this topic. We were discussing how she’s played strong female roles. When asked since she plays really strong women roles, what she wanted young girls to learn. She said, “I get do you play a lot of strong women questions a lot and I what I would love is we’re just women. You can take strong out of the equation do you know what I mean? It’s just what we are, strength is within us as women. It would be wonderful for the young girls who are watching me play these characters now to see that as a part of being a woman. As opposed to it being a choice of like, “Oh I’m going to be a strong woman or I’m not going to be a strong woman.” You are, we all are. You have it in you anyway, so just go be it.”
- Keep Learning
When asked if she preferred Broadway over television/film, she said” I think it’s really important to do both stage and screen as an Actor because when you do the stage it’s like going back to Drama School. You kind of relearn everything. So, you know you have to mix it up and if you have the ability to, but I think it’s important to keep going back and checking in with your craft in that way.”
- Give Yourself Permission to be Amazed
It’s so important to give yourself permission to be amazed and inspired by others. It’s okay to be a fan, even if you are one with fans too. As she talked about what it was like to be directed by Ron Howard, she said, “I mean amazing. It was just a dream come true. He literally couldn’t have been better and just held us all in the most beautiful way and allowed us to be. He made us all feel heard, which in a movie of this scale is so impressive.”
- Don’t Be Predictable
I’m super proud of this question, which has NOTHING to do with the fact that it was my question. LOL! However, I was stunned when Emilia responded to my question of which character she’d want to be if she joined the Marvel universe. She said, “Oh my God I don’t know. I actually don’t. I want to say The Hulk. I’m like, “Young Mark watch out honey.””
Isn’t her smile, attitude and demeanor infectious? I thought so too, I love happy positive people. My experience at the Han Solo Event was so much bigger than I would have ever imagined. I was inspired to live my life unapologetically, and for that I am truly grateful.
If you can’t tell by my red carpet experience, exceptional spoiler free movie review, interview with Alden Ehrenreich, or the very motivational lessons from Emilia…Solo: A Star Wars Story is definitely a must see. Please try (it may hard to do) to reserve on May 25th for opening day! You can also stay informed with SOLO: A Star Wars Story by following on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Were you inspired by Emilia Clarke? What was your favorite quote of those mentioned above and why? I would love to hear from you.