Okay, admittedly, fans’ relationship with Ahsoka Tano (played by Ashley Eckstein) got off to a rough start. Introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated feature film as Anakin Skywalker’s would-be padawan, most fans found the character to be, in a word, irritating. Ahsoka went from annoying aside to beloved Star Wars fixture over the course of the show’s six seasons and her appearances in Star Wars Rebels.


It wasn’t just the character we fell in love with, though. As we got to know and grow to love the character, so too did we grow to love the effervescent actress who portrays her.

When it comes to Star Wars actors who embody all that is good about the franchise, thoughts turn first to the likes of Mark Hamill or Carrie Fisher. I put Eckstein squarely in that category as well. Here are just a few of the myriad of reasons why I and countless others love Ashley Eckstein.