Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano in The Mandalorian (2020)

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The Mandalorian Season 2 may be done, but Star Wars fans are likely still chatting about the cool things they witnessed during those eight episodes. Among the standout moments were Din Djarin’s explosive reunion with Cara Dune and Greef Karga and the surprise return of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker. But one of the moments fans were most excited about was the live-action debut of Ahsoka Tano, played by Rosario Dawson. The actress was amazing in the role, but what was even more impressive is how the makeup team brought the character to life. Now, Dawson has shared a cool behind-the-scenes video that shows how she was transformed into the Jedi.

Ahsoka Tano is a Togruta, one of the many species that can be found in the Star Wars universe. Because the aliens have such a unique look, it was easy to assume it would take some serious makeup wizardry to accurately translate Tano to live-action. In celebration of Ahsoka Tano Day, Rosario Dawson gave fans a look at the exact process using a video posted to Twitter, and it’s just as tedious as you’d imagine. Take a look:

Just watching The Mandalorian’s makeup crew work on Rosario Dawson’s look (for what was likely several hours) is enough to make you exhausted. Extensive makeup work like that is rarely ever easy for the crew or the actor, as it typically requires an early morning start and must be done perfectly.

While the efforts of the makeup team were absolutely important, Ahsoka Tano’s presence on The Mandalorian ultimately came down to Dawson’s performance. So you can imagine that fans were thrilled when she nailed it. Fans had long been fancasting her in the role, though it was anyone’s guess as to whether it would actually happen. Mandalorian producer Dave Filoni, who created the character, took his time in casting the role and even received advice from others. Thankfully, the Force led him to cast Dawson in the role.

Following her debut on The Mandalorian, the gears of speculation began to turn, regarding Rosario Dawson’s future on the show. Her future on that show is currently unclear, but we do know that Dawson will once again suit up as Ahsoka in her own spinoff series. Nothing is known in the way of specific plot details yet, if rumors are to be believed, the series could bring back another fan-favorite character.

It’s great to know that there are still plenty of Ahsoka Tano stories to be told, and it’ll be fun to see how Dawson continues to grow into the role. And hopefully, getting into that makeup will get easier for her as time goes on.

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