The Force moves in mysterious ways. Earlier this year we joined the FANgirl Team for a Star Wars Weekend at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
It was our first Star Wars Weekend and first trip to Disney World. We rode Star Tours many, many times (yes, I am the Rebel Spy!) and ate lots of Mickey shaped ice cream. Padawan even battled Asajj Ventress at the Jedi Training Academy.
Having had our fill of Star Wars (can that really ever happen?), we stayed an extra few days exploring the Disney parks. One day included a behind-the-scenes safari to see the animals that inhabited our hotel, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. As I took my seat for tea before the safari, Padawan nudged me. “Look,” she whispered, “Is that—”
JAMES ARNOLD TAYLOR?!?
It was. He and his sweet family were enjoying the safari with us. James kindly chatted with us and the other guests about Star Wars, did some funny impressions, and agreed to an interview for FANgirl.
James is disarmingly charming, as you will hear in the interview, where he reads and answers my questions. He is candid about his childhood and his career, his trials with toxic mold, and how his faith got him through it and inspires him to share his deeply personal story with all of us.
Really nice for a guy who was out trying to enjoy a private meal with his family, and why (at 25 seconds) the interview begins with my question:
How much do you want to run screaming – silently, of course, to save your voice – when you are out for a nice dinner with your family, only to find you are randomly seated next to a semi-rabid Star Wars fan?
Linda has been a Star Wars fan from the time she saw Episode IV in the theatre with her parents and insisted on being Han Solo while playing with the neighborhood kids. She’s now a fangirl who splits her time learning to twirl a bo staff like Ray Park, jumping horses, writing fanfic she dreams up on her commute to work, and spending time with her husband and their own feisty Padawan version of Ahsoka. She can be reached at Linda.HansenRaj@gmail.com and on Twitter.
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