Editor’s Note: For fans of The Clone Wars, and a huge number of Star Wars fangirls, our newest contributor needs no introduction. But for the rest of you, we’re pleased to introduce Ashley Eckstein, the voice of Ahsoka Tano and the entrepreneur behind Her Universe, a company specializing in awesome sci-fi apparel and accessories designed just for women. Ashley has appeared in this blog in the past, but starting today, she’ll be joining us as a regular blogger!
Welcome to the Official Star Wars Blog! My name is Ashley Eckstein and I am the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars The Clone Wars and the founder of Her Universe, the first Star Wars merchandise line made exclusively for female fans!
Many of you may know me and many of you may not, so let me explain why I am here. As an actress, I was fortunate enough to land the role of a lifetime when I was cast as the voice of Ahsoka in The Clone Wars. I have been a life-long Star Wars fan, and to have the opportunity to help originate a character like Ahsoka is an honor and privilege that I do not take lightly!
In 2008, when I entered the Star Wars Universe with The Clone Wars movie, I was embraced by Star Wars fans from all over the world. At that moment I knew that I had a responsibility to be the best Star Wars representative I could be. I quickly discovered that as a female fan, I was not alone. In fact, close to half of all Star Wars fans are women and girls. Realizing that I only had one Star Wars shirt in my closet that was actually made for a girl, I started my company, Her Universe, to provide female fans an equal opportunity to show off their Star Wars pride in style. I also wanted to create a community for fangirls, a safe place to be a girl AND a Star Wars fan! Star Wars is not just for boys and it’s not just for girls, it’s a story for everyone! Star Wars is universal!
I will be a regular contributor to the Star Wars blog and I look forward to bringing you stories from a fangirl’s point of view and behind-the-scenes stories from The Clone Wars and other Star Wars events like Course of the Force and Celebration!
I’ll be kicking things off with my first post tomorrow from Course of the Force where I’ll be co-hosting the Olympic-style, lightsaber relay race with Chris Hardwick, Alison Haislip and Alex Albrecht from Santa Monica, CA down to San Diego Comic-Con benefitting the Make A Wish Foundation.
Here’s where the fun begins…