Diego Luna has been enjoying the Star Wars insurgent Cassian Andor for near a decade, provided that he originated the function within the 2016 movie Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now, Cassian’s spinoff sequence for Disney+, Andor, has discovered its strategy to a nomination for excellent drama sequence within the 2023 Emmy race. And whereas Luna missed out on a possible trophy for his efficiency, he’s an govt producer on the undertaking. Talking the day after the nominations had been introduced, Luna mentioned the relevance of the present, which follows Cassian on his street to political engagement towards the Empire. Luna additionally foreshadowed what it would imply to as soon as once more say farewell to the character with the second and closing season on the horizon.
What was your response to Andor‘s nomination for excellent drama?
I used to be very excited and proud and comfortable for all of the crew. It’s a stupendous factor. I celebrated all of the nominations, and I’m more than happy for these folks. However clearly being there for finest drama sequence means lots as a result of it’s in regards to the crew. The that means of collaboration is outlined by the best way we work. It is a crew that I actually really feel happy with being part of. I see everybody working collectively in a method that you simply don’t see typically. And I do know it seems like a cliché, nevertheless it’s in no way. Everybody may be very happy with being a part of this present. Everyone seems to be utilizing all of the instruments to carry the perfect for a purpose that’s a lot greater than the craft we’re doing. The story, the that means of the story, is what retains us going.
Because the SAG strike looms, Andor feels very related. It’s a present about labor actions and rise up, and I used to be questioning how you considered the relevance of the story proper now.
It’s enormous. As you say, it’s a present that’s related. It’s a present that might’ve been related 10 and 20 and 30 years in the past. And sadly, it’d nonetheless be related in a couple of a long time. However if you wish to see it from the hopeful and the brighter facet, it’s a present in regards to the energy now we have as a group. It’s a present in regards to the energy that now we have after we suppose in numbers, after we consider we’re a part of one thing greater, after we discover what connects us with others. And it’s a stupendous reminder of that. It’s about common folks doing extraordinary issues once they perceive that it’s about working collectively. And, sure, in fact it’s pertinent.
How is it significant to you that you simply had been nominated as a producer on the undertaking?
It means lots as a result of I’ve been engaged on this undertaking for nearly 5 years. It’s been a protracted journey. I imply, I’m utterly dedicated to this present and I take pleasure in being a part of the entire course of. It’s one thing I miss after I’m simply an actor: the entire journey, being there from the second issues are simply concepts, scratches on a paper, when opinions matter. For me, that’s actually essential — to be a part of it from the start, with out understanding the place we had been heading, simply with the intentions of doing one thing particular and distinctive. And immediately, they’re celebrating that.
You additionally be a part of a really small listing of Latino producers who’ve been nominated for sequence prizes.
It’s time for that to alter. It’s time for that to not be the information. It’s unhappy that the information is that there have been only a few, in many various classes, Latinos nominated, and it actually talks a couple of world I don’t need to be part of. That, to me, is the previous. At the moment, I wouldn’t be a part of a undertaking if there’s no range as a result of that enriches every part — the journey of the folks doing it, and undoubtedly the ultimate story. I don’t need to work if I’m not on a crew the place I’m going to be shocked. And that occurs if you search for these variations to be a part of what we do. It’s actually essential that that modifications, as a result of there’s an enormous chunk of the viewers that’s Latino. And being Latino is just not one factor. I grew up watching Star Wars, and I couldn’t see in Star Wars somebody that seemed like me, that appeared like me. And that’s altering. That has to alter from the within to alter on the skin. And it’s taking place. Should you see the crew engaged on this present, you’ll be like, “OK, you’re doing the appropriate factor.”
With season two on the horizon, what does it imply so that you can spend time with this character?
I get very nostalgic as a result of I’m heading to the inevitable second of claiming goodbye once more to the character. I did it as soon as, and it was painful. And I’m about to do it once more, and I’m positive it’s going to be painful. However I can let you know one factor. I felt I had the chance to do every part I used to be lacking from the Rogue One expertise. In Rogue One, it was very quick. It was the scale of a film, due to this fact the top comes with out you even noticing. And I needed to say goodbye. I needed to consider that was it. That’s how every part ended.
Then I used to be given this chance to return, however return completely different. To not do the identical, however to do a undertaking that would assist me discover a lot deeper who this character is and play him in very completely different conditions and eventualities and moments, to have the ability to have an extended, deeper transition. And I’m more than happy that I went by way of this. I’m very comfortable, and I’m able to say goodbye and begin serious about one thing else. I imply, it’s been a protracted journey. I’ve been studying lots.
And in addition, going again to your first query, producing made this very particular. As a result of the best way I used to be concerned, the stuff I discovered … I like producing, I like directing, I like witnessing the method of others. The journey of Andor has been very useful to get impressed and begin considering of different stuff I gladly nonetheless have time to do.
How do you are feeling in regards to the SAG strike?
I simply actually hope that issues get higher, that issues get solved quickly and that now we have a wholesome atmosphere for everybody, not simply actors, however everybody working on this trade. I’m fearful for what’s to return, however clearly supporting the strike and supporting the union. It’s fairly exceptional what we’ve seen with the writers and what’s taking place immediately with SAG.
We dwell in a world that’s polarized, the place there doesn’t appear to be any settlement. Individuals disagree. That’s the state of affairs we see in social media. It offers me hope to see folks uniting and understanding the energy once more of numbers and combating as one. That’s actually an essential reminder immediately of what we as residents of this world must be doing, discovering options and dealing collectively to carry them as a result of they’re wanted. I actually hope that this brings the perfect of everybody and that quickly we are able to all be again working, in a way more truthful and simply state of affairs for everybody.
Interview edited for size and readability.
This story first appeared in an August stand-alone challenge of The Hollywood Reporter journal. To obtain the journal, click on right here to subscribe.
This interview was performed earlier than the July 14 launch of the SAG-AFTRA strike.