This week, Disney held a red carpet for Obi-Wan Kenobi in Toronto followed by a marathon of the entire show. I had the absolute pleasure of attending the carpet and getting to speak to Hayden Christensen and Deborah Chow.

I got to talk to Hayden Christensen and he was honestly one of the nicest guys. As someone who has adored the prequels for years, It felt surreal to be meeting one of my heroes. Check out our interview!

BSL: Hi Hayden. Before we start, I just want to say that as someone who grew up during when the prequels were getting released, I’m so happy to see you return to Star Wars and as a fan, it means the world to me to be talking to you.

Hayden: Thank you, I really appreciate that.

BSL: Alright, first question. When you were first approached to return as Anakin in Kenobi, what went through your head in the moment?

Hayden: It was just pure joy and excitement. It was an incredible opportunity to get to come back to this franchise and to get to do more with this character so I was thrilled.

BSL: How did it feel to pick up a lightsaber again after all these years and to film more of those epic duels with Ewan?

Hayden: Yeah, that’s some of my favourite stuff to film. Anytime Ewan and I get to pick up a lightsaber, it’s just like going back to being a kid again and [the flashback sequence] in Episode 5, that was just so much fun to do with Ewan and it felt like travelling back in time.

BSL: Last question. In Attack of the Clones, Anakin famously says “I doesn’t like sand. it’s coarse, rough and irritating and it gets everywhere“. What does Hayden Christensen think about sand?

Hayden: Yeah, I don’t mind sand *laughs*.

BSL: Alright, I’m out of time but I just wanted to say thank you again for all your contributions to the Star Wars franchise. It means so much to fans like myself.

Hayden: Thank you. Have a great day!

To say I was starstruck would be an understatement. I met someone I have idolized for years and someone who played my favourite character of all time. Unfortunately, I was hoping to ask about his widely reported yet unconfirmed involvement in Ahsoka but the Disney rep was about 3 feet away from me and I told to wrap it up quickly. Regardless, I’m still ridiculously lucky I was given this opportunity and I’m eternally grateful to the team at Disney.

Obi-Wan Kenobi is streaming in it’s entirety on Disney+.