Exclusive Interview With Alden Ehrenreich: Han Is A Real Person

Last week 24 bloggers and I attended the Han Solo Event as press for Disney and had an opportunity to interview Han played by Alden Ehrenreich. 


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I’m not sure what I loved most about Alden.  He walked in the conference room, sat at the table and instantly began talking about his mom and family. He made me feel that he was a real person.  He was kind, inviting and extremely humble.


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After going through the interview, I took some time to pick out the most impactful quotes or actionable advice that resonated with me.  It was almost surreal.  Early in the interview when asked about Harrison Ford’s influence Alden said,

“Well before I answer that, I just have to sort of excuse myself, because I’m in sort of a daze. I was just doing an interview and he came up behind me and it was just wonderful.  And I haven’t talked to him since I met with him for lunch before we shot.  So, something that was really important to me was to make Han feel like a real person, that you’re watching a real person going through something. 


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I was taken aback by his statement about making Han feel like a real person.  I thought to myself, he truly does have that ability.  I started thinking about the movie, and said to myself…yes, I felt completely connected to Han as a real person.



As moms, I think we sometimes forget that we too are real people.  We have days when our kids are consuming every single solitary minute, and other days when the laundry is so high that we feel like just going to buy all new clothes. LOL, you can laugh but you know it is true.  But at the need of everyday, we are people.  We have desires, fantasies and dreams that people need to see and know about.  I loved that Alden was intentional about making us see Han as a real person, it worked.



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Han and Qi’ra was a truly believable love story. Two people with so much in common and a world of possibility. In real life, we fall in love and sometimes it does not end in marriage.  However, it was still what we believed to be LOVE. Don’t be too hard on yourself when things don’t work out…in love, a job, entrepreneurship endeavor, or your next pitch.  Everyday we wake up we have an opportunity to live our best life and make our dreams real.



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I completely identified when Han chose the wrong crowd.  While he had good intentions, his ambition out weighed his rationale.  Sometimes we choose the wrong crowd of friends, the wrong brand of vegan crumbles (OMG that was not good – literally), the wrong kind of apples (gala over honey crisp), the wrong dress for an event…you get it right?!?!  Thankfully, we have an opportunity to turn things around and get it right to teach our children the importance of doing the same.



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Han may have chosen the wrong set of buddies but he had a good heart. I really believed that he was an overall good guy. We have moments in our lives when we are not always seen as who we really are. Just because someone does not see your worth, does not mean that you aren’t valuable. Helping others is not only rewarding but you would want help if you needed it.

When I heard that we would interview Alden during the press junket, and after seeing the movie I promise I had no idea that I would be sharing this message with you all.


But as you know, I always try to write from my heart.  I often have deep thoughts on life. What makes my life meaningful and real to me?  Well I will tell you, what makes life real to me is love, making healthy decisions, and helping others.  I want to experience real love with my hubby, son, family and friends.  I want to make decisions that will make a real impact in my life.  And I want to make a real difference in the lives of people, primarily moms and their children.

Alden’s perspective applies directly to my life.  I want to be a real mom that leads by example. I want to love freely and teach my son to do the same.  I want to decide daily to be grateful so that my son learns the importance of gratefulness.  I want to help others and have my son join me so that he understands how and why he should give. 

Friends, the #HanSoloEvent has taken me on an amazing journey.  I never imagined that I would feel so inspired, become a REAL Star Wars fan, and develop such an appreciation for Han’s character.  I am truly grateful!

How has Alden’s perspective impacted you? What are your takeaways from his interview? Please share your thoughts, I would love to hear from you!



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