The women of Star Wars — past, present, and future — have always had a strong impact on the realm of science fiction, to say nothing of the countless female fans who have drawn inspiration from such iconic heroines as Leia Organa, Padme Amidala, Rey and more over the years.
In fact, many of the women who started out loving Star Wars from a fannish perspective are now lending their voices, among other talents, to the world of the franchise, helping to grow and expand that galaxy far, far away.
In the spirit of celebrating the strong female characters of the Star Wars universe, SYFY FANGRRLS assembled a roundtable consisting of some of the very ladies who have made the leap from fans to working behind the scenes. Joining Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy author Amy Ratcliffe in a roundtable conversation were Vanessa Marshall, voice of Hera on Star Wars: Rebels, as well as Catherine Taber, voice of Padme on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
They shared the stories of how they first discovered (and fell in love with) Star Wars, as well as the characters they most heavily identify with and the most iconic scenes that they'll never forget — and revealed some fun facts along the way. (For example: did you know that one of Taber's first voice acting roles was in a little-known video game called Knights of the Old Republic?)
Check out the full-length discussion below, in which Marshall, Taber, and Ratcliffe talk about their Star Wars origins, how Taber and Marshall tapped into the voices of their characters, how the franchise has progressed overall in terms of its female characters, and more.