Of course, Katee Sackhoff isn’t doing every single stunt for the role. According to the publication, “five different women donned Bo-Katan’s armor” during the third season’s shooting. Sackhoff explained, “If one person has a better skill-set than the other, well, that person needs to put the suit on that day.” Sackhoff’s particular skill was, as she revealed, a “wicked knee-slide,” which sounds very painful. That’s especially true because, according to a 2006 interview with Variety, she injured both her knees as a teenager, requiring physical therapy. Sackhoff is committed to this character, who she cares deeply about. She told Empire, “I really do know her — her pain is my pain. When she experiences something, I really feel it.”
That includes knee pain, though she was happy to do it. Sackhoff continued:
“I’ve been practicing my knee-slides on my mum’s kitchen with dish rags since I was five years old, so when that knee-slide comes up, you’ll know: that’s me. There are holes in my suit because I had to do that so many times. I came home with so many bruises on my knees. But I love that. If I came home with bruises, it was a good day!”
My own knees hurt just thinking about that, but that is a serious commitment to a role. Less than a week to go before we see if Bo-Katan will knee-slide her way to taking the Darksaber from Din Djarin and what will become of the ruined Mandalore and its refugees.
“The Mandalorian” season 3 will premiere on March 1, 2023, on Disney+.