WHAT CAN YOU SHARE ABOUT YOUR ROLE AS CAPTAIN CASSIAN ANDOR IN ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY?
It’s one of the most important roles in my life. I’ve been waiting for it since I was 6 and I saw Star Wars for the time. I’ve always wanted to be a part of the Star Wars world; the films were very important to me. All my older cousins were huge fans, and I wanted to belong to that community.
WHEN THE TRAILER WAS RELEASED,PEOPLE WERE SAYING, “I’M SO HAPPY DIEGO LUNA GOT TO KEEP HIS ACCENT.” WAS IT EVER A DISCUSSION WITH THE PRODUCERS/DIRECTOR?
[Laughs] No. Obviously I had to work a lot on clarity so I could be understood everywhere. But I got the role because of who I am and everything that makes me different to everyone else. One thing is my accent. They were really happy with it. It definitely makes sense in the world we’re portraying.
YOU STARTED OUT AS AN ACTOR AND HAVE TRANSITIONED TO PRODUCING AND DIRECTING. HOW HAS THE LANDSCAPE FOR LATINOS IN FILM CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED?
We are in a much better place. Our roles are more complex, and we have the chance to choose. I think as filmmakers, as actors, you have to generate enough of the work you think you should be doing. One of the things I’ve been doing since Y Tu Mamá También is not waiting for a call. [I’ve been] looking for material