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  • PLEASE WELCOME THE ONE, THE ONLY ROSARIO DAWSON IS HERE ON THE

  • SHOW.

  • HOW ARE YOU DOING?

  • HOW NICE TO SEE YOU.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR.

  • WHERE ARE YOU AT THE MOMENT?

  • >> I AM IN NEWARK.

  • HAPPY NEW YEAR, MY LOVE.

  • IT IS SO GOOD TO SEE YOU.

  • >> James: IT IS SO NICE TO SEE YOU.

  • NOW HOW WAS YOUR BREAK?

  • HOW WAS YOUR FESTIVITIES?

  • >> I MEAN I GOT TO DO ALL THE FUN THINGS, YOU KNOW.

  • THE MAKING OF THE GINGERBREAD HOUSE WITH THE KID, WHICH IS

  • ALWAYS SO NICE.

  • >> James: NICE.

  • >> I WANT TO PUT IT ON DISPLAY.

  • HE MADE ME A REALLY COOL PRESENT.

  • AND WE GOT LITTLE M & MS WHICH CORY WOULD WANT ME TO SAY WAS

  • MID IN NEW JERSEY BECAUSE HE HAS ALL THE NEW JERSEY TRIVIA, WITH

  • LITTLE PICTURES OF US ON IT.

  • >> James: LOOK AT THAT.

  • >> JUST ENJOYING LITTLE THINGS AND SPENDING SOME TIME.

  • >> NOW YOU MENTIONED YOUR MAN THERE, SENATOR CORY BOOKER WHO I

  • AM A BIG FAN OF.

  • BUT I UNDERSTAND HE GOT YOU QUITE A PECULIAR CHRISTMAS

  • PRESENT THIS YEAR, CAN YOU-- ARE YOU OKAY TALKING ABOUT THIS?

  • CAN YOU SHARE WITH US WHAT HE GOT YOU.

  • >> OH YEAH.

  • LIKE I SAY, I REALLY LOVE, I MEAN I LOVE COSPLAY, I LOVE ALL

  • THE THINGS, THE I LIKE THE HOMEMADE, THE PERSONAL, THE

  • INDIVIDUAL.

  • SO MY MAN KNOWING THAT I LOVE AND HAVE I A BIG HUGE TEDDY

  • BEAR, DECIDED FOR CHRISTMAS I NEEDED A LITTLE MINI HIM.

  • YEAH.

  • SO YOUR BOYFRIEND, GIRLFRIEND OUT THERE DECIDE TO MAKE YOU A

  • LITTLE VERSION OF THEMSELVES TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH, BECAUSE

  • MINE DID.

  • >> James: YOU CAN HOLD HIS FACE UP A BIT CLOSE TO THE

  • CAMERA?

  • >> I MEAN IT IS SO SOFT T IS VERY A DOCIAL.

  • AND HE'S LITERALLY THE SAME SIZE AS GROGOSS I HAVE BEEN DOING

  • PHOTO SHOOTS WITH THE TWO OF THEM.

  • BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU DO IN A QUAIRN TEEN WHEN ARE YOU AT

  • HOME.

  • >> James: SURE, I WILL BE HONEST, I DON'T KNOW, PART OF ME

  • IS GOING OH, THE OTHER HALF OF ME IS GOING RUN, ROSS

  • OR-- ROSARIO, RUN, NOW.

  • BUT YOU MOVED IN TOGETHER.

  • YOU HAVE MOVED IN TOGETHER THIS SUMMER.

  • I MEAN YOU DROVE AN RV FROM VENICE, CALIFORNIA, TO NEWARK,

  • NEW JERSEY TO GET THERE.

  • I MEAN THAT IS AS LONG A JOURNEY AS YOU CAN REALLY EVER TAKE.

  • HOW LONG DID YOU TAKE AND HOW WAS IT.

  • >> IT WAS ONLY ABOUT SIX DAYS.

  • AND GOT THIS REALLY AMAZING BUS FROM OUTDOORSY, THE ONLY VEHICLE

  • THAT WOULD ALLOW ME TO DRIVE CROSS COUNTRY BECAUSE PEOPLE

  • DON'T WANT THEIR RV'S MESSED UP.

  • AND JUST DROF THIS HUGE BUS.

  • I WAS TELLING MY DAD, YOU KNOW, HE HAS BEEN ON THIS PANCREATIC

  • CANCER JURY, IS HE CANCERFREE RIGHT NOW, IT IS AMAZING.

  • BUT BECAUSE OF COVID HE REALLY WAS AFRAID OF FLYING.

  • I WAS LIKE I DON'T KNOW THAT DRIVING NECESSARILY 3,000 MILES

  • IN A BIG BUS REDUCES CHANCES OF INCIDENTS, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.

  • I HAD POPEYE ARMS BY THE END OF IT BECAUSE IT WAS LIKE DRIVING A

  • BOAT.

  • AND I HAD TO DO ALL THE DRIVING MYSELF.

  • AND WHEN I LANDED BACK HERE, HE SAID I COULD PROBABLY GET MY

  • PILOT'S LICENSE BECAUSE HE SAW ME REALLY TAKE ON THE ROAD AND

  • GAVE ME A LOT OF KF DENSZ THAT IF I COULD TAKE CARE OF HIM THAT

  • WAY I COULD PROBABLY TAKE CARE OF-- .

  • >> James: IT SOUNDS LIKE MY IDEA-- I FEEL LIKE I LIKE THE

  • IDEA OF A SICK DAY ROAD TRIP IN AN RV BUT BY HOUR FOUR I'M LIKE

  • YEAH, KNOW, I'M DONE NOW, I'M DONE, I'M DONE WITH THIS.

  • >> IT WAS AMAZING.

  • BUT YOU KNOW I WENT ON A ROAD TRIP WITH MY MOM CROSS COUNTRY

  • WHEN I WAS 11.

  • AND I WAS THE NAVIGATOR.

  • AND YOU KNOW, IT IS AN AMAZING THING.

  • I THINK THAT IS WHAT HAPPENED SO MUCH IN THIS PAST YEAR IS REALLY

  • JUST CHERISHING THAT MUCH MORE THAT TIME WITH FAMILY AND

  • FRIENDS.

  • AND TO HAVE THAT WITH MY DAD DURING THIS PERIOD.

  • AND TO TURN SOMETHING THAT CAME FROM A WORRY INTO JUST A

  • LIFE-LONG MEMORY-- MEMORY WAS JUST REALLY, REALLY POWERFUL.

  • I WORKED SO MUCH.

  • AND I HAVE HAD TO BE AWAY AND I TRAVELED SO MUCH BECAUSE OF IT.

  • AND I FEEL SO GRATEFUL.

  • IT WAS JUST SO MEANINGFUL TO SPEND THAT TIME WITH MY DAD AND

  • TO GET HERE TO BE WITH CORY.

  • BECAUSE WITH HIM CAMPAIGNING AND WITH THIS QUARANTINE AND MY

  • DAD'S HEALTH, WE WERE REALLY SEPARATED.

  • AND IT JUST MAKES YOU TAKE ON THOSE RISKS BECAUSE THE PAYOFF

  • IS SO BIG.

  • >> I MEAN HOW HAS THE TRANSITION BEEN, MOVING IN TOGETHER, LIVING

  • BACK ON THE EAST COAST, HOW HAS IT BEEN?

  • >> I WAS WATCHING WHILE WE WERE SEEING THE BALL DROP IN NEW

  • YORK, THEY WOULD PLAY YOU KNOW FRANK SINATRA, AND AT THE END I

  • WAS GOING NEWARK, NEWARK.

  • BECAUSE I WOULD HAVE NEVER IMAGINED IF I WAS MOVING BACK TO

  • THE EAST COAST THAT I WOULD BE LIVING IN NEW JERSEY.

  • BUT IT HAS BEEN SO GOOD.

  • IT IS SO GOOD TO BE WITH MY DAUGHTER AND DO ALL THE ZOOMS

  • WITH FAMILY, MOST OF MY FAMILY LIVES ALONE.

  • IT FELT REALLY POWERFUL TO MAKE THIS MOVE AND TRANSITION

  • TOGETHER RIGHT IN THIS MOMENT.

  • AND HE IS IN D.C. RIGHT NOW DOING VOTES BUT JUST FOCUSING ON

  • SERVICE AND WHATEVER TIME THAT WE CAN EKE OUT TOGETHER AS MUCH

  • AS POSSIBLE.

  • AND BEING ON THE SAME TIME ZONE REALLY HELPS WITH THAT.

  • >> James: WELL, IT DOES.

  • YOU ARE HAVING THIS REALLY INCREDIBLE MOMENT IN YOUR

  • CAREER.

  • YOU RECENTLY MADE YOUR DEBUT AS AHSOKA ON THE MANDALORIAN, AND

  • YOU ARE GOING TO BE DOING A SPINOFF AS THAT CHARACTER.

  • WHEN I WAS READING ABOUT THIS I KEPT READING THIS TERM WHICH I

  • DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT MEANT AT THE TIME, PEOPLE SAY HAT YOU FROM

  • FAN CASTED IN THE SHOW, WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO BE FAN-CASTED

  • IN SOMETHING.

  • >> WELL, THERE WAS AN IMAGE MADE OF ME AS THIS CHARACTER YEARS

  • AGO.

  • -- HAD SENT TO ME I BELIEVE, A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, AS ME AS A

  • CHARACTER.

  • AND I REPLIED BACK ON TWITTER AND THAT GOT TO DAVE WHO THEN

  • COMPARTMENTALIZED IT A LITTLE WHILE UNTIL THIS SHOW CAME UP.

  • AND THEN HIM AND JON FAVREAU CALLED ME BEFORE THE FIRST

  • SEASON OF MANDALORIAN CAME OUT AND HAD ALREADY HAD PICTURES OF

  • ME UP AS THIS CHARACTER BEING FROM THIS FAN CAST.

  • AND THIS IDEA THAT WAS FEEDED IN.

  • AND APPROACHED ME ABOUT THIS, THAT THEY WANTED TO BRING OUT IT

  • IS SO WILD THAT I CAN EVEN TALK ABOUT IT NOW, I WAS FREAKING

  • OUT, I WAS FILMING BRIARPATCH AT THE TIME.

  • AND NOW IT IS ALL THIS TIME LATER AND I GET TO TALK TO

  • PEOPLE ABOUT IT BECAUSE I DIDN'T WANT TO BE THE PERSON TO BREAK

  • THE SECRET THAT I KNEW THIS CHARACTER, THIS HOLDBACK STORY

  • HAD ALL THIS INFORMATION FOR THE FANS.

  • AND THE FANS ARE THE ONES WHO PUT ME THERE, AND IT HAS BEEN

  • REALLY TOUGH HOLDING BACK.

  • AND I LOVE, YOU KNOW, I LOVE WHAT THE ESSENTIALS THAT FOLKS

  • DON'T NECESSARILY THINK ARE ESSENTIAL IN SOME MOMENTS LIKE

  • THIS.

  • AND SO MANY PEOPLE, IT IS SO POWERFUL WATCHING THE PROM AND

  • SEEING HOW MANY PEOPLE WE GOT TO WORK AND SHOWCASING THEIR

  • TALENTS AND THEIR ABILITIES, AND YOURS AS WELL, AND JUST HOW MUCH

  • DELIGHT THAT BRINGS TO PEOPLE.

  • AND JUST HOW IMPORTANT THAT IS.

  • SO I WAS REALLY EXCITED TO BE ABLE TO JOIN THIS SHOW AND KNOW

  • THAT WE WILL HAVE MORE WORK THAT WE ALL GET TO BE TOGETHER.

  • IT IS REALLY AMAZING THAT YOU KNOW, THAT, WELL, I HAVE A

  • COUPLE, IT WASN'T JUST THIS STUFF, I HAD A COUPLE OF THINGS

  • THAT I WANTED TO SHOWCASE, THIS TALKED ABOUT ALL OF THE

  • DIFFERENT PEOPLE I WORKED WITH OVER THE YEARS AND THINK BEING

  • THEM AND HOPE REQUESTING WE ARE CAN BE REALLY SMART GOING

  • FORWARD AND GET PEOPLE TO WORK TOGETHER IN THESE BIG CROWDS.

  • YOU GOT TO DO THINGS LIKE-- LIKE-- RENT.

  • >> IN IS-- I HAVE BEEN REMINISCING ABOUT PEOPLE WHO

  • HAVE NOT BEEN WORKING AND THINKING ABOUT SPECIFICALLY, YOU

  • KNOW, AGAIN THE ESSENTIAL WORKERS WHO ARE OUT THERE ON THE

  • FRONT LINES IN HEALTH CARE.

  • AND WHO GAVE SO MUCH OF THEIR TALENTS SO THAT PEOPLE WHO WERE

  • STAYING HOME OR COULD STAY HOME COULD WATCH ALL OF THIS STUFF.

  • TO KNOW YOU FINISHED THE PROM DURING COVID.

  • WE CREATED THIS BUBBLE FOR GO BIG SHOW.

  • AND GIVE A SHOUT OUT FOR ALL THE FOLKS OUT THERE WHO ORK SO HARD

  • TO JUST LIVE THEIR DREAMS AND THEIR PASSIONS, WITH SUCH

  • AUDACITY AND DISCIPLINE AND HOPING THAT WE KIND OF CONTINUE

  • T DO SO MOVING FORWARD.

  • YOU WILL SEE WITH THIS SHOW, THERE IS SO MUCH TALENT OUT

  • THERE AND YOU HAVE TO DO ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN

  • TOO CELEBRATE EACH OTHER AND PROMOTE THAT WORK.

  • PEOPLE REALLY NEED IT.

  • THEY NEED THE ESCAPE AND THEY ALSO, THEY NEED THE WORK.

  • SO I JUST WANT TO SAY THANK YOU, BECAUSE IT WAS SO WILD WATCHING