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Star Wars: Who Plays Young Ahsoka? Where You’ve Seen Ariana Greenblatt Before


Ariana Greenblatt brings a younger, Clone Wars era Ahsoka Tano to live on the Disney+ series. Here’s where you’ve seen her before!

Rosario Dawson in Star Wars: Ahsoka
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This Star Wars: Ahsoka article contains spoilers.

Ahsoka‘s midseason episode, “Shadow Warrior,” was billed as such a big event by Disney that it even played in select theaters on premiere night. And it’s for good reason: the fifth episode of the live-action series doesn’t only see the return of Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker but also sends Ahsoka traveling through time and space to her years as a young padawan during The Clone Wars. That means we not only get to see two battles from the animated series but also a younger Ahsoka in the flesh as we’ve never seen her in live action.

Of course, star Rosario Dawson couldn’t play young Ahsoka herself on the show, lest Disney take us further into the uncanny valley of its questionable CG de-aging tech. Instead, Clone Wars era Ahsoka is played by 16-year-old Ariana Greenblatt, who you might remember from this year’s Barbie. Interestingly enough, Star Wars isn’t her first credit on a Disney project.

In fact, her history with the House of Mouse stretches all the way back to the beginning of her career in 2015 when she made a guest appearance on the Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie. She also starred alongside Jenna Ortega (Wednesday) as Daphne Diaz in Stuck in the Middle, which ran for three seasons on the Disney Channel from 2016 to 2018. Yet, you might know her best from her very first appearance in a Disney movie as young Gamora in Avengers: Infinity War. It’s Greenblatt in heavy makeup opposite Josh Brolin’s Thanos in that movie’s Gamora flashback scenes. As pointed out by fans on social media, Greenblatt is now 2 for 2 for playing younger versions of fan-favorite Disney heroes. She also voices a younger Velma in Scoob, if you’re interested.

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