Joonas Suotamo Talks Fatherhood, The Rise of Skywalker & BabyBacca

Joonas Suotamo sits down with me to talk about fatherhood, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the advice the late and great Peter Mayhew gave him about playing the iconic role of Chewbacca and what it was like to ride in the Millennium Falcon with not only Han Solo, but Lando Calrissian as well. 

Joonas also talks with me about getting ready for baby number two coming next year and how he calls his son Baby Bacca and how his son is working on Chewie’s roar! 

About Joonas Suotamo 

Joonas Suotamo grew up in Espoo, Finland and first became interested in acting through his performances in local plays during his youth. Later on, a basketball scholarship offered him the opportunity to go and study at the Pennsylvania State University in the United States. During his time at university, Joonas chose film studies over acting because of the perceived lack of roles for tall people.

Never one to give up on his dreams, his film studies and interest in acting paid off when he was cast in the highly anticipated blockbuster movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens to act as the double for the iconic character of Chewbacca. After the film’s massive success, his hard work was awarded. Joonas became Chewbacca in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He will reprise his role in the final chapter of the trilogy, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker where he undoubtedly will once again bring to screen the Wookiee that we all love.

Follow Joonas on Twitter at @JoonasSuotamo and check him out in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on December 20th in theaters. 

About The Art of Fatherhood Podcast 

The Art of Fatherhood podcast follows the journey of fatherhood. Your host, Art Eddy talks with dads from all around the world where they share their thoughts on fatherhood. Please leave a review wherever you listen to podcasts.