Beru Whitesun (Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith)
Interview: November 2006
First of all, your last name… how do you…?
Piesse, as in ‘peace’.
Okay, because everybody seems to pronounce it in a different way.
Yeah, it’s confusing. Some people say [pièsse], but [piehs] is how it is pronounced.
You were in Star Wars Episode II and Episode III. How did you get cast for the movies?
I was doing some TV-work in Australia and Robin Gurland was the casting director, and she was out casting in Australia because they were filming in Sydney. So I just was very lucky to get noticed by her, and she cast me.
You have a short scene in Episode III at the end. That scene, was it filmed directly when you did the scenes for Episode II or was it filmed three years later?
It was filmed three years later. We shot all the stuff for Episode II in Tunisia and then for Episode III it was just in Sydney. And they set up a big green screen room. And actually Joel Edgerton (young uncle Owen), who was in that scene with me, wasn’t there at the time. They shot his part in Ireland I think, a year later. So they had a stand-in for Owen and I had a fake baby and it was all very funny.
But in the final scene we see the two of you standing next to each other…
Yeah! I didn’t see him at all.
Totally digital, indeed! It looks pretty good, huh!
I bet no one has ever noticed!
Well… you did have some scenes with Hayden Christensen and Natalie Portman. How were they to work with?
They were both great! We were all traveling together in Tunisia, obviously, so we got out to, y’know, together and we stayed in the same hotel and we all got along really well. And they were totally welcoming and warm and friendly.
Okay, because I heard some stories about Natalie Portman saying that she is not the nicest person to work with.
I think she was lovely. She was really great to me. And I’ve never witnessed anything rude or hostile.