To bring Hera into live-action, Mary Elizabeth Winstead had to look like a green-skinned Twi'lek. However, her transformation was surprisingly different than what fans might expect.
Ahsoka Star's Makeup Revelation
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly's Dagobah Dispatch podcast, which was conducted prior to the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike, Mary Elizabeth Winstead admitted her Hera Syndulla makeup process only took "about an hour:"
“Yeah I sort of just for the sake of a story, I’d love for it to be really complicated and say it was an eight-hour process, but thankfully it wasn’t. They got it down to about an hour which is a pretty normal time to be sitting in the makeup chair for any project. So I was so grateful for that, I think everyone came into it wanting it to look right but also not be too torturous a process for me."
Granted, Winstead noted the process wasn't always an hour. In fact, early into production, she noted, "it was a bit longer:"
"So the first few days that I came to set I thought that it was a bit longer. I think that our first test day was about three hours, but they worked on it and worked on it and streamlined it to the point that I came in, I got painted green, I got my headtails on, and I was Hera, and I was ready to go.”
This information from Winstead is somewhat shocking given that other stars playing make-up-heavy characters are often in the makeup chair for upwards of three hours.
"We were very proud! We timed ourselves every single day. Depending on how much skin was showing, sometimes it would go up to two hours. And that's tough: We were going in at 4 in the morning every day so that we could be ready when the crew is there at 6. We'd have a full day, and then it would still take at least half an hour to take it all off."
Is Hera Syndulla Ahsoka's Most Faithful Adaptation?
The fact Ahsoka's makeup artists trimmed Mary Elizabeth Winstead's prep time to an hour is incredibly impressive, especially since her character requires both body paint and prosthetics.
Hopefully, this accomplishment ushers in shorter and easier processes for future stars needing to transform into their characters.
Of course, bringing a character from animation to live-action is no small feat for the show's makeup artists or the actors. But in this case, it sounds as if both were succeeding.
Among the Star Wars series three leading female stars, Mary Elizabeth Winstead's portrayal of Hera has received little criticism and just might be the best-received.
As Ahsoka approaches its conclusion, the question fans have is how much more of Winstead's Hera should they expect given the events of Episode 6.
New episodes of Ahsoka drop on Tuesdays on Disney+.