Of course, playing Ahsoka also has more tangible advantages for Eckstein. Ahsoka’s popularity has made Eckstein an eternal fan favorite and given her the opportunity to start her own company, the women’s-oriented fashion company Her Universe. Thanks to Ahsoka, Eckstein was able to write books like the recent publication of Little Golden Books I am a padawanand meet childhood heroes like Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher.
“We had to be on a panel at DragonCon together and it was the only time I met her. Oh my god, that moment was all I could have dreamed of and more,” Eckstein recalls.
The actress admits that she was initially nervous about appearing on the panel where she shared a stage with Fisher, Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew, and Temura Morrison, who played Jango Fett Attack of the clones. “I said, ‘Well, I have to be honest, I don’t think I should be here. You’re in the cinema, I’m only on the animated show.'”
It was Fisher who was hiring her. “She looked at me and said, ‘Don’t be silly.’ She said: “You are part of our family and you absolutely belong on this stage,” Eckstein recalls. Then she hugged me and gave me one of her famous glitter bombs. It just covered my head in the glitter. “
Of all the people who have appeared in Star Wars, Eckstein says that Fisher is the one she would have loved to work with, although the actress’s death in 2016 made this impossible. “I can only imagine if I had had more time with her than it would have been,” says Eckstein, “because the time I had with her was so magical and she really was such a special person.”