A few weeks ago, we had the chance to speak to Janina Gavankar about her upcoming role as the lead character in the upcoming Star Wars: Battlefront II. It was clear from the moment that we got onto the phone with her that she was absolutely brimming with excitement over not only playing Iden Versio, but the games industry as a whole.
HOW DID YOU END UP LANDING THE MASSIVE ROLE OF IDEN VERSIO IN BATTLEFRONT II?
JG: Well you know that I’m a massive gamer right? So, I didn’t grow up playing video games because I wasn’t allowed to play them. I started playing games in 2007. It was the dawn of the AAA game and honestly felt like the best time to fall in love with video games. This put me on the path of begging everybody that I knew to be a part of the games industry. I first got to do this in Far Cry 4 and then when I got the position for this, because I was a massive creeper on NeoGAF, I knew what the game was before it was even announced. The breakdown just said the word DICE and I knew that DICE meant Battlefield but I knew a new Battlefield had just come out, so I figured it was a new Battlefront game that must have a single player. I actually didn’t know I was the main protagonist until they scanned my face, and even then I still couldn’t believe that I was about to play the main character in a Star Wars story. I’ve honestly never wanted anything more than I’ve wanted this part.