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Mary Elizabeth Winstead, the live-action actress for Hera Syndulla, broke her silence about having a son, Jacen Syndulla, in the Ahsoka series.
Vanessa Marshall voiced the rebels general during the character’s time on Star Wars Rebels from 2014-2018.
In the final episode of Rebels, it is revealed that Hera has a son, Jacen, whose father is Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus.
So far in Ahsoka, Jacen’s Force abilities have been hinted at and utilized, especially when he was able to hear Anakin and Ahsoka fighting in the World Between Worlds.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead‘s Thoughts on Jacen Syndulla
While speaking on the Dagobah Dispatch podcast, Mary Elizabeth Winstead opened up for the first time about her in-universe child.
Winstead said it “was a lot of fun” on set “getting to imbue Chopper with that great personality:”
Played by Evan Whitten, the young Jacen actor “has like that imagination so fresh in him” which Winstead said helped her believe Chopper was real while filming because it was “infectious to just be around:”
The actress was also asked about any notable days on set that stick out in her head. While not wanting “to give anything away” Winstead mentioned there’s one episode that carries “all the seasons of Rebels into it:”
As a mother, Hera brings her son Jacen along for many of the galactic adventures. Winstead said this aspect helped her “experience Star Wars through a child’s eyes” which helps “a whole new light on everything:”
The Future of Jacen Syndulla
For now, Jacen is an innocent, star-gazing kid with (presumably) a high midi-chlorian count which is giving him natural Force abilities.
In many ways, Jacen can be compared to a young Anakin Skywalker from The Phantom Menace, but in this case, audiences know who Jacen’s father was.
Living on the legacy of his father, Kanan, is assumed to play a major role, but his overly excited attitude toward becoming a Jedi may ultimately receive some pullback from his mother Hera.
Considering his apparent connection to the Force, it may be imperative to guide him in the right direction, so he doesn’t fall victim to the Dark side.
Veteran Star Wars fans may recognize the name Jacen, which according to Dave Filoni is a reference to the non-canon son of Leia and Han Solo from Legends books:
Jacen Solo also wields the Force but falls to the Dark side, similar to the couple’s canonized son: Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren.
It will be fascinating to see what direction this series and beyond takes ith Jacen. Does he go to Luke’s Jedi training temple? That could ultimately make sense, but would sadly mean he most likely died at the hands of Kylo Ren.
To see Jacen’s journey continue, watch Ahsoka every Tuesday night at 9 p.m. ET on Disney+.