Former Mythbusters host Kari Byron says that her young daughter was enthralled by the character Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“She was just done with princesses when she saw Rey,” Byron says in Episode 313 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “Because it was like, OK, this is a smart badass, and I could see that it was so much more interesting to her than a helpless princess that’s locked in a tower.”
But Byron is well aware that not everyone loves female heroes, a point underscored last week when Kelly Marie Tran, who plays stalwart mechanic Rose Tico in The Last Jedi, deleted her Instagram account presumably after receiving months of verbal abuse. “It’s a strange world that you can’t handle your characters in movies to be girls and kick ass,” Byron says. “That is just crazy.”
She says the level of vitriol directed at stars like Tran is far worse than anything she had to contend with in her early days.
“If I came into this industry right now, just