‘The Mandalorian’ Director Explains Inspiration Behind Baby Yoda Sipping Tea

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We know him, we love him — Of course, I am referring to Baby Yoda!

Once The Mandalorian hit Disney+ last November, Baby Yoda instantly became an internet sensation. Fans fell in love and Baby Yoda memes were created. But there is one meme in particular that stands out from the rest — Baby Yoda sipping tea (or coffee)! There are also several variations of this Baby Yoda meme including Baby Yoda sipping soup.

This meme took the internet by storm as fans began posting and reposting to their social media pages. But how exactly did this meme get created? Well, director Bryce Dallas Howard weighs in on the subject.

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During the ATX Television Festival At Home virtual panel, Howard said that the shot of Baby Yoda drinking actually came about because of her children! 

“My kids were on set pretty much every day,” Howard stated. “And even before we came to set, when it was the storyboards for the episode… when we were just conceiving of things, my daughter would come into the editing room and whenever Baby wasn’t on screen, she would lean over to me and be like, ‘Where’s Baby? Where’s Baby? Where’s Baby?’”

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Director Bryce Dallas Howard then continued on about how Jon Favreau felt about the subject. “Jon [Favreau] picked up on that, like, ‘Oh yeah — if the kid is wondering where Baby is, then we need to know where Baby is at all times’,” she said. 

“‘There was something with the kids where Baby was very real and Baby was in danger and they needed to see where Baby was at all times… They needed to know Baby was safe. And from that a variety of moments came up that were constructed just because we wanted everyone to know Baby was safe.”

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Both Favreau and Howard then revealed how relatively easy it was to keep Baby Yoda a secret, even though all of their children knew about the Star Wars character. In fact, Howard revealed she “used to have a whole ritual you’d go through with the kids to help reinforce”. She added, “I would remind my kids every day once they were going to school, ‘What do we not talk about? Baby!'”

Jon Favreau also recently said that the filming had wrapped on Season Two of Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, just in time, confirming that new episodes will still premiere on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, in October as planned!

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