In The Mandalorian’s third episode, Sasha Banks made her debut as Mandalorian resistance fighter Koska Reeves, appearing alongside Katee Sackhoff’s previously animated Bo-Katan Kryze. The WWE star — whose real name is Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado — kicked ass and helped save Mando, who was in a very tight spot. When asked about The Mandalorian recently, Banks fangirled about her big Star Wars moment and her enthusiasm was very relatable.
Prior to her debut in The Mandalorian’s “Chapter 11: The Heiress,” very little was known about Sasha Banks’ role or how she would cross paths with its titular character. As it turns out, Koska Reeves was created as an original character for The Mandalorian and she fought as a warrior in Bo-Katan’s Nite Owls, a group dedicated to taking back their home planet of Mandalore. The scope of the role wasn’t lost on Banks and she recently explained why it meant so much to her. Here’s what she told Variety:
It’s a huge deal. I still cannot get over it. It still does not feel real to me. The more interviews I do, the more I feel like 'Oh, my God, holy shit.' I’m telling you right now, it still does not feel real to me. It’s frickin Star Wars! One of the biggest franchises in the whole world, one of the biggest universes you can ever be a part of.
Sasha Banks’ fangirl energy is, honestly, how many folks probably feel just watching The Mandalorian. For the WWE star to have gotten an actual role on the series is incredible and I can see why she’s still not over the fact that she was on the Disney+ series at all. It’s quite the accomplishment!
I would imagine that landing a coveted role on The Mandalorian is actually quite difficult. However, Sasha Banks added that she didn’t have to go through the audition process at all and wound up getting a call directly from The Mandalorian’s series creator about the role. Here’s how Banks recounted the story:
So Jon Favreau came to me because he watched an interview that I did with Hot Ones. And he really liked me and got my contact information. Then on FaceTime he asked me to be part of The Mandalorian. I was like, 'Well, I cannot say no,' but I was so incredibly nervous, because I didn’t know if I was going to be able to do it with the WWE schedule. You know, we used to travel a lot. But they made it work and everything happened. And it was such an incredible episode. I still just can’t get over how awesome that was. Not only to be part of Star Wars, but one of legit the greatest episodes in the history of television like that. I could watch that all the time. That was such a bad ass introduction to the world of Star Wars. I’m so thankful I saved Baby Yoda! I cannot get over it. Oh my god.
It sounds like Sasha Banks made quite the impression on Jon Favreau. Here’s hoping that we haven’t seen the last of Banks’ Koska Reeves, either. My guess is that Baby Yoda will probably need to be saved again at another point in Season 2 and there’s no one better than Koska and Bo-Katan to come swooping in for some of his rescuing needs.