"I feel really lucky that I've been able to be a part of so many massive deals, and Star Wars was just a dream come true. It was probably the most fun I've ever had on a set. Everyone that was there was so happy to be there. I'm glad that the character lives on in the comic books. Occasionally I'll go and I'll backlog like three editions and I'll go buy them be like, 'What's Jess Pava doing?' She's so cool. I hope that I get to play her again one day."
―Jessica Henwick[src]

Jessica Henwick (born August 30, 1992[1]) is an English actress who played Jessika Pava in Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. She is also known for playing Nymeria Sand in Game of Thrones, and Colleen Wing in the Netflix series Iron Fist, The Defenders and the second season of Luke Cage, based on the Marvel Comics character.

Henwick was a finalist for the role of Rey in The Force Awakens, and auditioned for six months.[2] She expressed interest in reprising the role as Jessika Pava for the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker,[3] but her character did not make an appearance in the film.


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  1. 1.0 1.1 SWYTlogo.png The Mandalorian Season 2 Date Announced, A New Look at The High Republic, and More! on the official Star Wars YouTube channel (backup link)
  2. Davids, Brian: Jessica Henwick on 'Underwater' and Her 6-Month 'Star Wars' Audition (2020-01-10). hollywoodreporter.com. The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 29, 2020. ""I was auditioning for a different character, actually, so I spent six months auditioning for that character. And then, at the end, J.J. said, “I want you to be in the film, but I want to write a character for you.” That's how Jess Pava was created. So, it was a very, very long experience. It's hard because I've been doing this long enough to know that you go in, audition, put it to the back of your mind, don't think about it and don't get emotionally invested. But, after six months, you can't help but just desperately want it. I'm also such a big J.J. fan. So, I was a mess at the end of those six months. [Editor's Note: Henwick was a finalist for Rey.]""
  3. 'Iron Fist' star Jessica Henwick waiting to suit back up for J.J. Abrams in 'Star Wars: Episode IX' (2018-09-19). abcnewsradioonline.com. ABC News Radio. Archived from the original on December 29, 2019. "With 2019's Star Wars: Episode IX underway, Henwick tells ABC Radio she's ready to jump back in the cockpit. "I really, really want to be on the last one but I haven't had the call yet! I don't know what's happening! J.J., come on!""

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