From DC and Marvel to Star Wars and Tarantino, Rosario Dawson is considered royalty to fans of the narrative genre. Before she returned to the big screen in Kevin Smith’s Secretary IIIDawson credit 2006 Secretary II is one of the few projects that has made that a reality. After her debut for Frank Miller’s Sin City in 2004, Secretary II gave Dawson another memorable introduction to fans of the genre at San Diego Comic-Con in 2006, where she forever cherished those present by singing in the series’ Hall H hall. movie, to kill time for Smith, who was late.
Dawson’s Secretary II the character, Becky Scott, was apparently pregnant with Dante Hicks’ (Brian O’Halloran) child at the end of chapter two, so fans will be shocked to learn the status of their relationship in Secretary III. Keep in mind, a very different version of Secretary III was written years earlier, but it was Smith’s death in 2018 that prompted the filmmaker to take back the entire project.
“Kevin had a version of [Clerks III] scripts floating around. He wrote it a few years ago, but it didn’t happen, it was devastating. And then he had a widow’s heart attack; we almost lost him,” said Dawson The Hollywood Reporter. “He put all that experience into this [Clerks III]and he brought back Becky in a very controversial way… But it was heartbreaking, and it also felt really special and important and magical.”
Dawson, who is ending season one of her upcoming seasons Star Wars series Ahsokaalso hopes to reprise her Marvel character, Claire Temple, in the upcoming Disney+ MCU series Daredevil: Born Again, will include 18 episodes. Former Night Shift Nurse Appears on Marvel Television’s Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Defenderscurrently streaming on Disney+, as Netflix’s license agreement has expired.
“Yeah, I’m super curious, but I really like everyone. It’s been a long time,” said Dawson. “I’m really excited to hear that all of our shows are actually part of the MCU now, with Charlie [Cox] and Vincent [D’Onofrio] currently involved in these various projects. So yeah, 18 episodes [of Daredevil: Born Again]? I was there! Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, they know where I am.”
In a recent conversation with CHEAPDawson also addresses Secretary IIAnakin Skywalker’s talk and if it was ever given to her on a Star Wars the set.
Rosario Dawson, welcome back to Leonardo, New Jersey.
Thanks, I love this voice. Do you do voiceover work?
No, but I will never forget this intro.
I mean, come on. You even have the right setup. [Editor’s note: the interview was conducted over Zoom with a podcast mic.]
Thank you. Hopefully, this is being documented.
So you could easily say you were too busy saving the galaxy or shooting one of your other 16 projects, but you managed to make time to get back to Kevin Smith et al. Is your return just a matter of loyalty?
Loyalty is very important. That’s why they make so many songs about it. (Laugh.) I’ve been wanting to go back and let Becky explore as a character ever since we ended Secretary II with her pregnant. I asked, “Where is this story going?” And Kevin had a version of [Clerks III] scripts floating around. He wrote it a few years ago, but it didn’t happen, it was devastating. And then he had a widow’s heart attack; We almost lost him. And then a year later, so far, he started filming Jay and Silent Bob Reboot, which I have to join. So just to be back with him and the gang again, very special. He brought that whole experience into this story, and he brought back Becky in a very controversial way, which doesn’t come as a shock to Kevin, of course. But it’s heartbreaking, and it also just feels really special and important and magical. I love that this character has become so important over the years that being updated on the state of things right away can have such an impact on the storytelling of this movie.
The first movie is very different from the second. When we were filming [Clerks II], we talked about how people can really love or hate it because it’s so different. But this third film is a perfect blend of the two – going from black and white to color and just really blending the two together – and it’s done again through the lens of this moment. and all that we’ve been through to get here. So it really resonated. It’s poignant. That’s emotion. I cried ugly in the premiere, and it was shocking because it was still funny and needless and all that great stuff. It also has a lot of humanity to it. So Kevin is really giving, as he has been all these years, and that’s why he’s made such an impact on this industry. Only Kevin could make such a self-referential movie and get away with it.
You are considered royalty to the Comic-Con community and various fandoms like Star Wars, Marvel, and DC. Did you watch Secretary II and Sin City as your recommendation to fans of the genre?
Definitive. Probably Children also. What I love about the comic crowd is that a lot of them are very into indie projects. They love the obscure and the general. They’re not as snobby as they can be about some things, and that’s because they really care. And that’s what makes someone like Kevin so special. A lot of the people that I’ve worked with since the ’90s filmmaking era are just super idiots about it all, so that’s what I love about that world. My uncle [Gustavo Vazquez] I’m a cartoonist and I love the details and the care and passion behind the audience and the creators there. There is appreciation and support, and that support has been embedded in the third part Secretary movie. It’s about what it means to have people who are there for you and see you, and want you to be creative, inspired, and challenged. So I just think that’s so special and important, and it’s always been in that community. It has grown in power and influence, and it is important to interact with them in different ways. So it’s great that I’ve had these different ways to keep that relationship growing over the years, and I’m glad they didn’t dismiss me the first time. (Laugh.)
Aren’t you? sing transparent Secretary IIComic-Con console to kill time for a slow Kevin Smith?
I did! I’m just a silly girl, super nerd, going around.
In Secretary II, featuring some of Anakin Skywalker’s talk through Kevin Weisman’s character. Has anyone ever said this to you in your time Star Wars travel or take your lunch break at Manhattan Beach Studios?
When it comes to View Askewniverse and Star War universe, nothing appears. We’re not talking about any of them, but what’s remarkable is that they’re so intertwined and connected.
So the following action could be grounds for immediate arrest, but when you’re out, people have the courage to quote Secretary II for you?
(Laugh.) Oh that’s right! I wouldn’t be surprised if Kevin started this online, but one of my favorites is the pictures of Ashoka saying, “Today the kids know Rosario Dawson like this, but I will always remember her. It’s like…” And that’s usually a frame from either Secretary II or Children.
Original Secretary released a year ago Children. Do you think the motivation of Secretary gave Children a helping hand at all? Obviously they have very different tones, but both cover raw indie filmmaking and capture a day in the lives of people on the East Coast.
At that point, one continues to benefit the other. There’s only been one big moment happening in indie, and those projects have impacted audiences, which makes more of those films possible. Some of it you can’t create today, so it’s just crazy.
I talked to your friend Natasha Liu Bordizzo another day, and it looks like you’re having the best time out there Ahsoka.
Mm-hmm. It’s just her birthday! We both have birthdays on this project and it’s like we’re having the best birthday present ever in real time. But it became sad because it was almost over. Hopefully, we’ll have a sequel! (Dawson holds up a finger crisscrossed.)
On the subject of Marvel’s Claire Temple, do you feel like you have unfinished business with her?
OH that’s right. Sure. You don’t even see her in the last “tell Claire to go home” moment in Luke Cage. So what is that? You know it’s terrible. So yeah, I’m super curious, but I’m actually very attractive to everyone. Long time no see. I’m really glad to hear that all of our shows are actually part of the MCU now, with Charlie [Cox] and Vincent [D’Onofrio] currently involved in these various projects. So yeah, 18 episodes [of Daredevil: Born Again]? I was there! Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, they know where I am.
Secretary III premieres exclusively in theaters September 13-18, with support from Lionsgate and Fathom Events. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.