Q&A: Emily Swallow talks walking the 'way' on 'The Mandalorian'

Mark Meszoros, The News-Herald (Willoughby, Ohio) on

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On the phone from Los Angeles, Emily Swallow doesn’t sound much like the Armorer, the helmet-wearing character from hit Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian,” who forges equipment and armor from the incredibly strong beskar steel and dispenses bits of Mandalorian wisdom to one to the show’s lead characters, Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal).

Apologies, because we’re sure you get this a lot, but can you please do the voice?

“Well, let’s see,” Swallow says, already sounding more like the mysterious figure. “When one chooses to walk the way of the Mandalore, you are both hunter and prey.”

Oh, yeah, that’s the stuff. (We also would have accepted simply, “This is the way.”)

Created by Jon Favreau with the help of George Lucas protege Dave Filoni, “The Mandalorian” is in the middle of its third season. Swallow chatting with us on the day of the release of the season's fourth episode, in which the Armorer is a key player. (That’s her in costume on the screen, she says, so it’s not just a voice performance.)

Born in Washington, D.C., but raised largely in Jacksonville, Florida, Swallow also is known for several episodes of the CBS series “The Mentalist” and for portraying Amara/The Darkness — “the big bad,” as she puts it, of the 11th season of the long-running WB/CW series “Supernatural.”


“The writers created this villain who was so relatable,” she says. “You could absolutely understand why she did the things she did.

(The writers “didn’t necessarily justify why she was smiting people and sucking their souls,” she allows.)

“I have kept a family from shooting that show and all the different actors that I worked with — and even the actors I didn’t work with.”

In a conversation edited for space and clarity, she talks about the event, “The Mandalorian” — including the real star of the show — and more:


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