Katie Lucas, part two: Growing up with Star Wars (and that first kiss!)

Yesterday, Katie Lucas offered a sneak peak at "Jedi Crash," the upcoming episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars that she wrote.

In part two of our exclusive e-mail interview with the daughter of Star Wars creator George Lucas, she discusses what other elements of the Clone Wars universe she hopes to delve into, why it's important to have a female character figure prominently on the show (and in the writers' room) and what it's been like to grow up so surrounded by Star Wars.

How much more writing will you be doing for Clone Wars?

Lucas: I hope a lot more. I just finished my fourth script and am about to embark on the third season. I have some great episodes lined up.

What other story threads/characters are you interested in exploring?

Lucas: Ahsoka [Ashley Eckstein] is my favorite character in the series, so I'd love to see more of her story and explore where she came from and where she's going.

Ahsoka is your favorite character. Why is that? And how important do you feel it is to have a young female character pivotal to the show's action and a young female writer in the writers' room?

Lucas: Ahsoka is a strong, unflinchingly witty gal, but there's also a great sense of vulnerability in her that I connect very deeply with. I never wanted to be a princess growing up, I always wanted to kick Evil Dead's ass! I grew up watching a lot of Buffy, so I imagine Ahsoka as a mini-Buffy in space. I am very hopeful that Ahsoka will, to some little girl, be the way Buffy was for me: a positive, empowering influence. I think it's important to show that women are capable and not always swooning damsels in distress. It's great that in this day and age there are many powerful women in the arts. And, honestly, Ahsoka just makes me smile. As for being a young female writer in the writers' room, right now I'm just so wowed by everything. Writers' meetings are still exciting, and writing scripts is never a dull task. I'm excited and honored to be doing the work that I'm doing, and I can't wait to see what the future holds.

Star Wars fans have seen you in the three prequels or, in the case of Sith, in the DVD extras. What's it been like for you to such a part of that world, meeting the core fans, living on the ranch, with your dad as he did the assorted Star Wars projects, etc.? And what do you remember of your experiences making the films?

Lucas: Like anything else, it has its ups and downs, but I have had some great experiences and have met some incredible people. I spent most of my adolescence on the sets, so I have some really fun angsty memories. For instance, I had my first kiss on Attack of the Clones. That's an oldie but a goodie. Lots of good memories. As for meeting the fans, I love meeting the people who genuinely love the series and respect the man behind it as an artist. That always makes me very proud.

Any inside jokes/references in the animated episodes to the appearances by you, your siblings or your dad in the live-action films?

Lucas: I think the fans will just have to wait and see.

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