The Acolyte’s Amandla Stenberg Adorably Fangirls Over Star Wars Vet Hayden Christensen's Special Video Message

Hayden Christensen is inducting Amanda Stenberg into the Star Wars universe

Published Time: 05.06.2024 - 03:31:18 Modified Time: 05.06.2024 - 03:31:18

Hayden Christensen is inducting Amanda Stenberg into the Star Wars universe.

In a clip posted to Instagram on June 2, The Acolyte star, 25, reacted to a touching video message she received from the original Star Wars trilogy actor, 43, congratulating her on cementing her well-deserved place in the sci-fi universe.

The video starts with Stenberg adorably replaying Christensen greeting her by name and laughing before letting it roll.

"Hi Amandla, I'm Hayden" the actor, who famously took on the role of Anakin Skywalker, began while Stenberg squealed and tried to regain her composure. "I just wanted to send you a quick message to say congratulations."

"I'm very excited for the show and wanted to wish you all the best and welcome you to our Star Wars family," he concluded. "Hopefully, I'll get to meet you soon, maybe at a Star Wars celebration or something."

Stenberg could be seen smiling from ear-to-ear and giggling as she admitted that she was "shaking" from the touching message.

"I can't believe you guys did that," she said to production before addressing Christensen himself. "Hayden, I am currently still shaking a little bit from receiving this video, but I just wanted to extend all of my gratitude for your love and support."

"It means the world to me, cause I'm so honored to step into this universe and the path that you carved in it means so much to me," she shared with a hand to her heart. " -

;So thank you!"

InThe Acolyte,which is set 100 years beforeThe Phantom Menace,Stenberg plays Mae, a former Jedi Padawan who reunites with her Jedi Master to investigate a series of crimes. The cast also includesLee Jung-jae,Manny Jacinto,Dafne Keen,Jodie Turner-Smith, Rebecca Henderson,Charlie Barnett,Dean-Charles ChapmanandCarrie-Anne Moss.

Stenberg, for her part, toldEntertainment Weeklyhow she felt upon learning the show was developed with her in mind in May.

“I think I flew out of my body,” she recalled. “It’s not something that you anticipate happening to you ever. I had chills and tingles all over.” 

Working on the show was a surreal experience for the actress, who “geeked out” when she arrived on set. Wandering the main Jedi Temple where the Jedi council meetings proved especially meaningful.

“That’s where so many iconic sequences that we’ve witnessed with Anakin Skywalker and Mace Windu and Yoda are located,” she explained. “There was one day we were in pre-production, and I took a nap in the Jedi temple. It wasn’t used for a short amount of time, so I laid down there on the marble. That’s when I really freaked out.”

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The first two episodes of The Acolyte premiere June 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Disney+.

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