Janina Gavankar is Iden Versio.
As it turns out, getting to watch an actor see a video game character that’s modeled after their likeness, mimicking the micro-expressions in their face, and speaking the lines they recorded, for the first time, is pretty incredible. Janina Gavankar is Star Wars Battlefront II‘s Iden Versio, and until I sat down with her late last year, she wasn’t sure which of the hours upon hours of motion capture and voice recordings would make it into the final game. That didn’t seem to matter, though, since it was obvious that Gavankar so passionately and wholly knows Iden as a character that every word that did make it into the game was layered in a whole lot of personal investment.
The latest episode of IGN’s Expert Mode features Gavankar’s first ever reaction to some of Star Wars Battlefront II’s most intense scenes, as well as some insight into how it feels to be both a Star Wars fan and someone who’s passionate about games as a medium, end up realizing your dreams with the two of them combined. Watch it below:
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