Co-stars Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L3-37) sat down with EBONY after the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story to discuss becoming a toy, living up to actor Billy Dee Williams’ role and the purity of love.
Calrissian was Waller-Bridge’s first action figure as a child. She speaks to the wonder of knowing children will be playing with a toy version of her character in the future. Glover also speaks about Williams bringing a “flare” to Calrissian’s character when he played the role in the ’80s.
Their characters are in love in the film, but L3-37 is a robot. That unconventional union is used to ask Glover about the backlash he received for being in a real-life interracial relationship after the release of his This Is America video, which is perceived as a pro-Black piece of art. “I think who you love intrinsically becomes a part of your identity,” he explains. “People want to be able to define your identity. It’s a part of our nature.” Glover feels people do this as a means to label and place others in boxes to be more easily understood.
Hear what he has say to about love in the video above. Solo: A Star Wars Story will hit theaters on May 25.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.