The Mandalorian’s Gina Carano has spent quite a bit of time making the entertainment news rounds in recent months — and not just because of her acting abilities.
The divisive actress — whose controversial Tweets have prompted such trending social media hashtags as #WeLoveCaraDune, #IStandWithGinaCarano, and #FireGinaCarano (we know, we have whiplash, too) — is known for sharing her strong social and political opinions on her Twitter account.
The former women’s MMA fighter recently spent some time doing a virtual interview with the Drunk3PO YouTube channel, during which she shared her thoughts about everything from Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo controversy — Hidalgo, an executive, mocked a fan’s reaction to The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode — to her newfound love of the Star Wars franchise.
Carano also shared how she feels about the backlash she’s received online for sharing her personal opinions surrounding the pandemic and a variety of social justice topics on social media. She said:
“People need to be OK with having conversations. With having difficult conversations, with having different opinions. What’s wrong with having a different opinion?”
Carano — who has been vocally anti-face mask and against the COVID-19 vaccine — did not specifically address the CDC’s coronavirus guidelines, which include mask-wearing and social distancing. She expressed that she felt people go straight to “demoralizing” when they disagree with her posts:
“Why does everybody have to straight go to demoralizing because maybe they just didn’t think the way you did? “
The Cara Dune actress went on to say:
“My whole perspective on this is, I’ve seen people get bullied off of Twitter on both sides. I don’t like bullying, and If I don’t stay present, which I don’t even necessarily want to stay present that often, I want to make art, art is my passion, but if I don’t stay present then other people win…Other people win in bullying people off of platforms and there needs to be a more balanced platform.”
Previously, Carano’s Mandalorian co-stars, including Pedro Pascal (Din Djarin), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), and Ming-Na Wen (Fennec Shand), have expressed support for the controversial actress and indicated that they certainly hope she continues her work in the Star Wars galaxy.
Carano, too, has shared that she wants to continue playing New Republic Marshal Cara Dune and that she “loves” her character and the Star Wars fan community. At this time, neither the Walt Disney Company nor Lucasfilm executives have shared an official announcement regarding Carano’s future within the ever-expanding Mandalorian saga.
Although it has not been announced in an official capacity, most fans are working under the assumption that Rangers of the New Republic is — or at least was — set to follow Dune’s adventures as a Marshal on Nevarro. There have, however, been unconfirmed rumors that Disney is requesting an apology from the actress before granting her the spinoff show.
When we last saw Cara Dune in The Mandalorian‘s second season finale (“Chapter 16: The Rescue), she engaged in an epic all-female fight scene with Kryze, Shand, and Koska Reeves (Mercedes Varnado/Sasha Banks) before Luke Skywalker (CGI Mark Hamill) showed up to help Djarin and his unlikely crew rescue Grogu (AKA The Child AKA Baby Yoda).
Watch the full Drunk3PO interview in which Gina Carano discusses the “smear campaign” against her below: