After 47 Years, Yin & Yang Is Finally At The Heart Of Star Wars’ Newest Story

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Amandla Stenberg, who plays both Osha and Mae Aniseya in Star Wars: The Acolyte, has revealed how yin and yang is finally at the heart of a Star Wars story. The two-episode premiere of The Acolyte confirmed that Stenberg is playing two twins, who were separated as children due to a mysterious tragedy that destroyed their home on Brendok. While Osha is a former Jedi Padawan now living on her own as a meknek, Mae is an assassin trying to earn the approval of a Sith, proving the two have very different worldviews – something Stenberg has now spoken to.

Speaking to StarWars.com, Stenberg reveals how she kept the two twins separate in her mind as she brought them to life, saying “I like to think of them as yin and yang.” They cite Osha’s and Mae’s “different life experiences” as the cause for this divide, which has since caused each twin sister to fall into their own category. This is something Stenberg mused upon as they portrayed the twins, though they dove even deeper into the yin and yang concept to truly determine the best way to characterize them.

Stenberg discusses making use of the senses to make this divide even more clear, particularly smell and sound, and identifying scents and songs for each character that would help her to more easily separate them. For Osha, then, she fully embraced “masculine and bright” energy, and for Mae, she focused on being “feminine, dark and mysterious.” It becomes clear, then, that Stenberg’s own use of yin and yang imagery has placed this concept at the very heart of Star Wars.

The Acolyte Is Yet Again Breaking New Yet Familiar Ground For Star Wars

Osha & Mae Draw Upon Luke & Leia, But With Yin & Yang Imagery

While many may attempt to liken the concept of the Force, with both a light and a dark side, to yin and yang, this is not quite accurate – as George Lucas himself saw the dark side as unnatural. This means that Sternberg embracing yin and yang for Osha and Mae is the first time it’s been used prominently in Star Wars. Even better is the fact that it draws upon the twin concept as seen with Luke and Leia, but it does so in a new and refreshing way. It’s breaking new ground while also remaining perfectly familiar and nostalgic.

This is not the first new thing The Acolyte is accomplishing for Star Wars, nor is it the last. The timeline of The Acolyte alone has already done so in a drastic way, being the first live-action project to take place outside the Skywalker saga in the High Republic era – 100 years before Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace even takes place. Osha and Mae representing the yin and yang concept, then, is just another way The Acolyte is making Star Wars feel fresh yet familiar.

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