Hayden Christensen stole Padawan hair extensions from the ‘Star Wars’ prequels

When discussing the star wars prequels, many fans will jump at the chance to discuss the backstory of Anakin, the Galactic Republic, or the much-hated Jar Jar Binks, which is fair. But one topic that is never talked about enough is Padawan hair.

Sure, Leia and Padme get a lot of attention for their flashy styles, but what about the iconic braids and tiny ponytails worn by Ewan McGregor and Hayden Christensen? They never get the attention they deserve, and the actors know it!

While discussing the new Obi-Wan series with LADBible, the two actors were asked about Obi-Wan’s mullet, which sparked a discussion about the hair in the star wars universe. Christensen enthusiastically defended McGregor’s mullet from previous films, saying, “You shook that mullet really well. It’s quite iconic. McGregor then rightly compared him to the Bee Gees.

The duo then reminisced about the Padawan hairstyle, which consisted of a small braid and even a smaller ponytail, which was quite A Look at the time. Christensen then said he kept some hair extensions after filming.

CHRISTENSEN: I liked the braid, mainly because [McGregor] made it so cool in the first episode. I have also met people with their own Padawan braid.
MCGREGOR: You also had the [hair] also on the back.
CHRISTENSEN: You had to grow your hair out so it could tie up, and the rest was very short. So if you weren’t filming, your hair looked very weird.
MCGREGOR: I remember! First thing in the morning, get it sticking.
CHRISTENSEN: I saved a few.
MCGREGOR: You see them at auction from time to time. Someone sells them like it’s the only one. We had a new one every day. People said it was the Jedi Braid. It does not look like.

The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi debuted today on Disney+. The series reunites Christensen and McGregor nearly two decades after the two worked together on the prequels. McGregor also mentioned how scary it was to see Vader for the first time during filming.

“I didn’t work with Vader in Episodes 1-3. Then in this show, seeing you come at me with that…made me feel like I was 7 again,” McGregor explained. “The fear in me was genuine. I’ve never had that while playing before, a real moment of fear. But I felt that when I turned around and there you were, 7 feet tall with the helmet on. He would have been bigger if he had kept the Padawan pony, but alas.

Check out the interview above.

David R. Brewer