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Rosario Dawson Responds to Backlash Over Her Casting In ‘Mandalorian’ Over Anti-Trans Lawsuit

By Kunal Sharma
December 7,2020

It’s not only Gina Carano which is at the centre of the controversy on “The Mandalorian” series and now Rosario Dawson is also involved. She made her debut in the series in fifth episode “The Jedi” of season 2 as Ahsoka Tano. Recently in an interview with Vanity Fair the actress revealed how she and her family were sued over an alleged transphobic assault.


“Well, firstly, I just want to say I understand…why people were concerned, and are concerned. I would be, too, if I heard some of those claims,” Dawson said. “But I mean, as we’re seeing right now in these past months, and just recently actually, the truth is coming out. Every single claim of discrimination has been dismissed by the person who made them, and as you’ve said, the fact that this is coming from someone I’ve known since I was a teenager, the better part of my life, and who my family was trying to help as we have many times in the past, it really just makes me sad. But I still have a great empathy for him.”

Total 20 claims were made against Dawson and her family and Vanity Fair reports that out of 20 claims 18 were “withdrawn voluntarily without a settlement,” and the accuser’s lawyer left the case. Now out of the 2 claims which both involve an alleged physical altercation between the family friend and Dawson’s mother. The hearing for these 2 claims will take place next month and Los Angeles County Superior Court will decide whether enough evidence is there to claim the allegations.


“The reason that all of the discrimination claims were dropped is because they didn’t happen,” Dawson told Vanity Fair. “I was raised in a very inclusive and loving way, and that’s how I’ve lived my entire life. I’ve always used my voice to fight for, lift up and empower the LGBTQA community, and use my platform to channel trans voices, in fiction and nonfiction work that I’ve produced and directed. So I feel the record is really clear.”

Dawson also revealed that she got the role in “The Mandalorian” after a fan shared her artwork as Ahsoka Tano and it reached to the casting director.


“Someone tweeted me and fan cast me,” Dawson said. “I retweeted back and I was like, ‘Absolutely, yes please’ and “#AhsokaLives.” And apparently that got the attention of someone who has been doing the ‘Star Wars’ press for years. She forwarded it to Dave Filoni. That kind of started a whole thing. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, did I just get fan cast in something?’”

Adding pressure to Dawson’s Ahsoka debut was the fact “Star Wars” creator George Lucas was visiting “The Mandalorian” set during the filming of her debut episode. “I was definitely nerve-wracked, and it was great to be there with him and Dave [Filoni],” the actress said. “I mean, it’s a lot of pressure. But it was also really fun. Both of them were looking at me but they weren’t, you know what I mean? They were looking at their imagination come to life.”

To check out the full interview head over to Vanity Fair’s website.

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