Grogu, also known as Baby Yoda, from The Mandalorian, captured the hearts of many worldwide when he appeared on Disney+. This love wasn’t different for Star Wars actors Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Ewan McGregor’s son.
During a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead discussed how important Star Wars is to her family. Winstead stars as a green-skinned Twi’lek Rebel general Hera Syndulla, on Ahsoka, but this isn’t where their love for the Star Wars universe began.
Winstead’s husband, Ewan McGregor is known for his role in the three prequel films as Obi-Wan Kenobi. During the filming for Disney+, Winstead would bring their new baby boy to the set to see Ewan.
“I remember coming in with our little newborn boy,” Winstead, 38, says. “Once he was ready to be out in the world, that was one of the first places he ever went to, the Obi-Wan set. So, he has definitely become familiar with the Star Wars world, even if he doesn’t fully understand it yet. He’s got Star Wars friends all over the place — like Grogu dolls everywhere that he’s obsessed with. It’s been a part of our lives for a while now.”
During these visits to the Obi-Wan set for the Disney+ series, their son began his love of all things Star Wars. Throughout the interview, Winstead discusses how, at age two, their son has a collection of Star Wars action figures, shirts, and other Star Wars-themed toys from a variety of the Star Wars universe.
When asked about his son’s favorite Star Wars toy, Winstead explained that although he has many action figures of “Dada” (Obi-Wan) around the house, his favorite is Grogu. We would have to agree with him on that!
Din Grogu, affectionately called Baby Yoda by many, appeared in the Disney+ television series The Mandalorian. Taking his name from Din Djarin, Din Grogu, and his adorableness captured the hearts of many worldwide. A non-Star Wars fan could quickly fall in love with this adorable character.
As his story grew each Mandalorian season, viewers became more attached to Grogu, just as it seems Winstead and McGregor’s son did. We wonder how many other young kids also have Grogus at home as we see a new generation of Star Wars fans emerge.
Winstead’s character Hera is also gathering attention from many Star Wars fans. Her character’s warmth and resilience are essential to Winstead as she helps add to the Star Wars collection.
“What I love about her is that she’s such a strong leader and fighter, and she’s also so maternal and nurturing,” Winstead explains. “We don’t often see that depicted on screen. We see army generals being these very masculine, hard figures. And Hera has that, but she also has this softness to her. She really wants her crew to be loved and looked after, and at the same time, she’s pushing them to be better.”
What Star Wars character is your favorite? Are you with Winstead and McGregori’s son, and choose the adorable Grogu? Or are you connecting with some new characters, such as Winstead’s Hera? Or are you a classic and prefer Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker?