The Acolyte: Dafne Keen shares details and new image for her character

From the makeup process to discussions with Leslye Headland, 'Logan' actor Dafne Keen shares new details about her character, Jecki Lon.

Star Wars: The Acolyte Season 1 Jecki. Image Credit: StarWars.com
Star Wars: The Acolyte Season 1 Jecki. Image Credit: StarWars.com /
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Star Wars: The Acolyte is only a few months away. The series set in The High Republic era about 100 years before the events of The Phantom Menace will be the first time in live action this era will be explored. Logan actor Dafne Keen sat down with Entertainment Weekly to share some new insight about her half-human, half-Theelin character, Jecki Lon, along with new photos of the character.

Keen shared some about the relationship Jecki has with her Jedi Master, Sol, portrayed by Lee Jung-jae. Keen said, "I'd say she is a very dedicated Padawan. She's definitely in awe of him in a very kind of sweet way. She thinks the absolute world of him in a way that I think they have a very sweet relationship, but she's much more aware of the authority difference than, for example, Obi-Wan and Anakin. She's very much like, 'No, he's the master and I'm the Padawan and he's perfect. And everything he says, I have to follow to the T.'"

Jecki's makeup also helped Keen get into the part and shaped how she played her character. The makeup completely covered her eyebrows, and Keen explained, "I thought she was going to be really methodical and cold and calculated, and then as soon as I was in that makeup, she became much more still methodical and a perfectionist and high achiever, but with much more of an ingenuity and a curiosity and a true love for the craft that is being a Jedi. Which was really interesting because I am someone who moves their eyebrows a lot, and not having eyebrows completely changes the expression on your face. And not having eyebrows gave me a sort of sweeter appearance, which completely changed the character in a way. "

Keen also praised director and showrunner Leslye Headland, who allowed the actor freedom to craft and grow her character. "We had a lot of conversations about Jecki," Keen said, "ultimately [Headland] was very good at being like, 'This is what I know for a fact, and then I'm going to give you space to think about what you want for your character.' I'd always run everything past her because she has such a brilliant mind, and we spoke a lot. I was very stunt focused, so I spoke to her a lot about how she wanted the character to get reflected within her fight styles.

A lot of Jecki was created through her relationships with the people that surround her, so there was a lot of that of us talking about what her bonds with the other Jedi are. And I was completely sold from minute one with Leslye. We hopped on a Zoom call and she told me that it was a mystery, kind of thrillery series where you go finding out more and more about the show as the episodes go on."

Check out Entertainment Weekly for the full interview with Dafne Keen. Star Wars: The Acolyte premieres on June 4 on Disney+

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