Colin Hanks' 4-Year-Old Daughter Perfectly Illustrates Why 'Star Wars' Needs More Women
By Alex Ungerman
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Go Olivia Hanks!
Colin Hanks took to Instagram over the weekend to share a story about his awesome 4-year old daughter Olivia's first experience with the original Star Wars trilogy, and how she noticed there are barely any females. (She's right -- there are almost no women in the entire original trilogy.)
"So, the other night, on May the 4th to be exact, I sat down with my 4 year old daughter and showed her Star Wars: A New Hope. It was her first time watching it. She loved it. Her favorite character was Princess Leia. She kept asking 'Where is Princess Leia?'" Colin wrote. "A few nights later, I show her Empire Strikes Back (or as she called it 'The Emperor stripes back) and within four minutes of watching the movie she says, 'It's so tiring watching these movies. It's always boys, boys, boys and there's only one girl.'"
"I could not of been more proud of her," Colin continued. "So today I take her to Toys 'R' Us to buy her a light saber and a Princess Leia toy. After being told that the light sabers were 'in the boys section', she picks out the light saber of her choosing and asks about the Princess Leia toy. One problem: they only had the 'slave Leia'. As you can see, sad depressing, 'slave Leia'. So wrong."
Star Wars: The Force Awakens producer Kathleen Kennedy, along with director J.J. Abrams, acknowledged during a panel discussion last month that Star Wars has absolutely had a lack of gender representation in the past and promised it was something they will address moving forward.
"I have two girls too so," said Kathleen. "So I'm under a lot of pressure."
Looking forward to it!
Get a first look at new scenes from The Force Awakens below!