‘The Mandalorian’ Stars Reveal What It’s Like Working With Grogu: ‘He Feels So Big and So Powerful’


Pedro Pascal is perhaps the most selfless star in the star wars Universe.

Not only does the actor do the lion’s share of his work headlining the hit Disney+ The Mandalorian behind a helmet and full Beskar armor, he also shares much of the limelight with Grogu, aka The Bounty aka The Child aka Baby Yoda – his aggressively cute, Force-powered sidekick who helped make the series a hit snapshot when it debuted in 2019.

And there’s not a shred of animosity from Pascal that Grogu continued to garner so much attention in the show’s first two seasons.

“I don’t get tired of it, actually,” Pascal told us this weekend at star wars Celebration, where he appeared with several co-stars as well as executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni to screen a trailer and announce that the show’s third season would air in February 2023.

“I think that helps a lot. I would say I definitely don’t feel a lack of love for Mando. And I think that’s probably reinforced by the relationship we have and the love we all have for Grogu.

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Pedro Pascal as The Mandalorian with Grogu aka the Child aka Baby Yoda in Disney+’s “The Mandalorian” Season 2. (Photo: Disney+/Lucasfilm/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Indeed, Pascal still has a lot of love for playing Din Djarin, the bounty hunter who drastically veers off course when a mission to deliver the Child into malevolent hands leads him to become Grogu’s paternal protector. The crowd erupted when Pasacal was featured during Saturday’s “Mando +” panel at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Chilean-born actor credits Favreau and Filoni for their foresight in knowing Baby Yoda would be such a sensation.

“It was the ace in the hole they had for the first season and it continues to hold us,” says Pascal. “I think at the end of the day, Jon and Dave know what they’re doing because their hearts lead the way, when it comes to their love for star wars. So no, no, you can’t take Grogu away from me.

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Favreau and Filoni’s effects team designed an animatronic Grogu puppet to interact with the actors on set, but the producer first considered replacing the physical version with a smoother CGI — “in case they decide during post-production that the puppet was not convincing enough and a digital version had to be replaced. This prompted Werner Herzog, the German filmmaker who starred in season one as The Client Who Hires Mando to Find Grogu, to call out Favreau, “You cowards. Leave it.” Eventually the puppet stayed and a star wars star was born.

As Filoni says, “The whole reason for doing this story is [to focus on the interplay] between Mando and Grogu. It is the backbone. … Without this heart, you would have nothing.

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Pascal’s MandoVerse castmates share his sentiment when it comes to working with their cuddly co-star.

“There is no resistance to this urge [to hug him on set]says Rosario Dawson, whose live-action Ahsoka Tanu (originally introduced in animated form in the series Star Wars: The Clone Wars) debuted in The Mandalorianand will be the headliner of his Ahsoka spin-off in 2023.

“He is so small. Even when you realize how small he is. You are still really shocked by its small size. But he feels so big and so powerful.

Screen legend Carl Weathers, back as head of bounty hunter Greef Karga, says he fights to get as much screen time as possible with Grogu. “You know why? [If] you look at Grogu… you will look at me.

Watch our full interview above with MandoVerse stars Pascal, Dawson, Favreau, Filoni, Weathers, and newcomer Natasha Liu Bordizzo (who will play fan-favorite animated character Sabine Wren in Ahsoka).

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