Seeing Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker together in live-action in the fifth episode of Ahsoka instantly became a top-tier Star Wars moment. It’s something few fans ever dreamed of seeing happen, even just a handful of years ago. In a new behind-the-scenes video, we see how Hayden Christensen and Rosario Dawson reunited for the latest episode. And yes, we say reunited, because these two have known each other in real life since they were both teenagers. Watch the video below.
As Rosario Dawson explains in the video, she met Hayden Christensen in a summer acting class when she was only 16. That would have been a year after she made her acting debut in the indie ’90s film Kids. So yes, this was a reunion for their respective characters, who had last seen each other in battle in the Rebels episode “Twilight of the Apprentice.” But it was also a reunion for these real-life friends as well. Only now, as Master and Padawan, clashing sabers in an otherworldly plane. As they say, the Force works in mysterious ways.
One interesting tidbit we caught was Hayden Christensen between takes mentioning that Anakin saying “I’ve heard that before,” in response to Ahsoka saying “I will not fight you” was a genuine recollection of Anakin’s. This would refer to when Vader heard Luke say, “I will not fight you, father” in Return of the Jedi. Since Ahsoka was not there for that fight, she did not know of this exchange. This could confirm that this Anakin is not just a mental projection of Ahsoka’s. Or just an aspect of the World Between Worlds. It’s the Anakin Skywalker we’ve always known. Or, at least, that’s how Hayden Christensen is playing it. We choose to defer to the Chosen One on this one.