Mercedes Varnado Opens Up About Her Role As Koska Reeves In The Mandalorian

WWE’s Sasha Banks discusses her debut in the galaxy far, far away…

Just days after she traded in her ring attire for a battered suit of Beskar, Mercedes Varnado a.k.a WWE’s Sasha Banks sat down with USA Today to discuss slipping into the Night Owl suit to bring Koksa Reeves to life. During the convo, she addressed her love of the late Eddie Guerrero and even touched on her love of The Child.

The Mandalorian Chapter 11 (Image courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Here’s what she had to say:

Better known to WWE faithful as Smackdown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks, Varnado made her debut in the newest episode of “The Mandalorian” (streaming Fridays) as Koska Reeves.

Her “Mandalorian” appearance introduced Varnado, 28, to millions of non-wrestling fans, and unlike former WWE star Dwayne Johnson, who went by his wrestling name “The Rock” in his early movie roles, Varnado is billed by her birth name. “I’m so thankful for the role of playing Sasha Banks for so long, but it took Mercedes Varnado to put in that work, and it took Mercedes to get through those doors of the WWE and to be able to do ‘Star Wars,’ ” she says. “I’m just so excited to show the world exactly who I am.”

Question: I got a kick out of your social media selfie with the “Mandalorian” credits. Did you stay up late to watch your episode, or was it an early morning treat?

Mercedes Varnado: It was an early morning treat. I woke up with a huge anxiety attack. I was just like, “Oh my God, today is the day!’ I had to do my meditation and I took a walk and I just kind of broke down. I just can’t believe that the universe blessed me with this  being the day that my episode would air. On Nov. 13 15 years ago, my hero Eddie Guerrero passed away. So I’ve always thought about the date as something that was really terrible in my life, but I used it to fuel my passion and to really just create a legacy for myself. It’s so crazy how the universe is working kind of full circle for me right now.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 11 (Image courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Q: You get to save Baby Yoda from a dangerous sea monster. Is The Child cuter in real life than onscreen?

Varnado: So adorable. Oh my goodness, it is so beyond words. You get to watch it on Disney+, but to see it in person, it’s like, ‘What?!’ I need one in my life. Everybody needs a Baby Yoda in their life.

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The Mandalorian Chapter 11 (Image courtesy of Disney/Lucasfilm)

Varnado took the Star Wars universe by storm when she appeared alongside Katee Sackhoff’s Bo-Katan Kryze in “The Heiress”. We can only hope that she will be returning to our screens sooner rather than later. Welcome to the Star Wars family Ms. Varnado.

This is the way.


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