Families are an important part of Star Wars. From the Skywalkers to the Freemakers, we have characters who are either blood-related or adopted and many other families who’ve forged familial-like relationships, such as the crew of the Ghost.
Now, we’ve seen father and son relationships, like Darth Vader and Luke as well as Han Solo and Kylo Ren. We’ve also seen father and daughter relationships, like that of Bail and Leia Organa and Cham and Hera Syndulla. Even though we don’t know the identity of her parents, most people immediately assume that Rey is the daughter of Luke Skywalker, but only a few have asked about her mother.
Rogue One also features a father-daughter relationship between Galen and Jyn Erso, and FANgirl Blog founder Tricia Barr said it best when she tweeted: “While on the topic of perpetuating things, #RogueOne news confirms that #StarWars is still stuck on Daddy Issues.”
Only recently have we started to see more mothers present in the Star Wars universe, like Mother Talzin, Shara Bey, and Norra Wexley, but their stories are still connected to their sons. So it begs the question, where are the mother and daughter relationships?
“As a girl growing up and seeing Star Wars, of course you want to be Princess Leia,” said Rebecca Jackson Mendoza, the Australian actress who played Queen Breha in Revenge of the Sith, in issue #161 of the StarWars.com Homing Beacon email newsletter. “And to know that I’m actually playing her mother…I just kept thinking about those buns! I was the mother of those buns! Maybe I taught her how to do those buns!”
Breha probably did teach Leia how to style her hair in the manner of a royal, but we never actually see it. In fact, we have more canon material between Bail and Leia than we do of Breha and Leia. We know the Queen of Alderaan made it her personal mission to mentor young Alderaanians and teach them the culture and heritage of their planet, but what about her relationship with Leia? At some point, Breha had passed down her necklace, known as the chalcedony waves, to Leia and we see her wear the necklace during the medal ceremony in A New Hope. Where is that story? Where is the bonding between a mother and her daughter in Star Wars?
I share a close relationship with my mother (I even podcast with her), and over the years, I’ve learned valuable life lessons from her. We’ve had long heart-to-heart conversations as well as arguments about a variety of topics. I know not everyone has had the fortune of establishing a healthy relationship with their mothers, but I like to think that Breha and Leia had something similar to what my mom and I have. Unfortunately, I barely have any proof because current canon stories don’t focus on them.
So as we move forward with this fascinating age of Star Wars storytelling, I hope the creators keep in mind that Star Wars is not just about the struggles between fathers and sons, but it’s also about the intricate and special bonds between mothers and daughters.