Hayden Christensen reveals his daughter Briar Rose played his sparring partner to help him prepare for his role as Darth Vader in Obi-Wan Kenobi
Hayden Christensen has revealed he had help from a special person to get ready for his role as Darth Vader.
In an appearance The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, the 41-year-old actor shared that his daughter, Briar Rose, 7, was his sparring partner in preparations for his appearance in the Disney+ show Obi-Wan Kenobi.
‘We have a couple lightsabers kicking around the house,’ he explained, ‘She was my first lightsaber training partner when I came back to the Obi-Wan show.’
Sparring partner: Hayden Christensen, 41, revealed his seven-year-old daughter, Briar Rose, was his first sparring partner to help him get ready for his role as Darth Vader in the Obi-Wan Kenobi series
The Canadian actor shares his daughter with former partner Rachel Bilson, 40.
During his chat with Jimmy, with whom he co-starred in the 2006 film Factory Girl, Hayden shared what it’s like to be in the Darth Vader suit and the reactions he got while wearing it.
‘It’s an amazing costume to put on. It’s an honor to get to wear it, but definitely the best part is just seeing people’s reaction, you know, when they see Vader.’
The suit: The Canadian actor told the talk show host it took up to five hours for makeup artists to transform him into the villainous Vader, and that the suit got so he he was ‘sweating bucket’
The Actors Studio alum admitted the mask gives limited visibility, but ‘when someone does come across your field of vision… you see they sort of change in their demeanor. Like, people who are usually very confident become a little more timid and shy.’
Hayden confessed he was ‘sweating buckets’ while wearing the suit. When it got too hot, the suit was hooked up to a machine that would circulate cooling liquid around his body, which added to the frightening aspect of the costume.
The actor shared that it took up to five hours for makeup artists to create the villain’s burned and scarred body.
Daddy?: Hayden revealed his daughter knows he plays Darth Vader, but she’s she’s never seen Daddy as Darth Vader’
Because of the fright factor that goes along with his character, the protective father said his child ‘knows Daddy’s Darth Vader, she’s never seen Daddy as Darth Vader.’
‘I’m still waiting a little bit, you know, until that happens.’
The Last Man actor is considering showing the second-grader the story from the beginning.
‘I might show her the prequels soon, but still there are some scenes we might have to fast forward through.’
Scary: The Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith actor says when people see him in the costume, their demeanor changes, saying, ‘People who are usually very confident become a little more timid and shy’