Ashley Eckstein

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Ashley Eckstein
Ashley Eckstein.jpg
Eckstein in June 2010
Born
Ashley Drane

(1981-09-22) September 22, 1981 (age 39)
Occupation
  • Actress
  • fashion designer
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 2005)
Websitewww.ashleyeckstein.com

Ashley Eckstein (née Drane; born September 22, 1981)[1][2] is an American actress and fashion designer. She is the founder of the fashion label Her Universe. She is best known for voicing the role of Ahsoka Tano throughout the Star Wars franchise, beginning with Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2008.

Early life[edit]

Eckstein was born on September 22, 1981 in Louisville, Kentucky.[3] Eckstein was raised in Orlando, Florida, where her first job was as a cast member at Disney's MGM Studios.[4]

Career[edit]

Eckstein began as a child actress under her birth name, Ashley Drane. At age 12, she played the real-life disability advocate Helen Keller in a community-theater production of The Miracle Worker. Following more stage as well and television and TV-commercial work in her native Orlando, Florida, she relocated to Los Angeles, where an early role was that of Admiral Chegwidden's goddaughter, Lisa Rossbach, on the military-justice drama series JAG.[1] In 2002, she became the latest in a line of actresses to play Jan Brady, essaying the role in the TV-movie The Brady Bunch in the White House. She played the recurring role of Muffy on the Disney Channel sitcom That's So Raven. She also played a small role as Alicia in the film Sydney White and Ms. Cole in the film Alice Upside Down (both 2007).

Most prominently, she provides the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars Forces of Destiny, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.[5] Eckstein reprised her role as Ahsoka for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for a short voice cameo.[6]

In addition to her screen and voice work, Eckstein in 2010 started Her Universe, a fashion brand producing science-fiction-themed clothing targeted specifically for girls and women.[7][8] In 2012, Disney began selling Her Universe products at both Disneyland and Disney world.[9]

As for charity and partnerships, Eckstein joined UNICEF Kid Power, along with Aly Raisman and David Ortiz as a brand ambassador Kid Power Champion.[10][11]

Alongside E. K. Johnston, Eckstein wrote the short story "By Whatever Sun," which appeared in From a Certain Point of View.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She married former Major League Baseball player and 2006 World Series MVP David Eckstein on November 26, 2005, in his hometown of Sanford, Florida, followed by a reception at Walt Disney World.[13]

Filmography[edit]

Eckstein at the June 2011 Star Wars Weekends

Film[edit]

List of performances in film
Year Title Role Notes Source
2003 Prey for Rock & Roll Punk Rock Girl    
2003 Ancient Warriors Dylan Paccione    
2007 Alice Upside Down Miss Cole    
2007 Sydney White Alicia    
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ahsoka Tano Voice [14]
2016 Only Yesterday Yaeko Okajima English dub [14]
2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Ahsoka Tano Vocal cameo [14]

Television[edit]

List of performances in television
Year Series Role Notes Source
1994 Nickelodeon Guts Herself Known as Ashley "The Face" Drane  
2001 JAG Lisa Rossbach Episode: "Measure of Men"  
2002 The Rerun Show   Series regular
Episode: "Diff'rent Strokes: The Rivals/The Partridge Family: Keith and Lauriebelle"
 
2002 The Brady Bunch in the White House Jan Brady    
2003–06 That's So Raven Muffy    
2003 That '70s Show Julie Episode: "Christmas"  
2004 Drake & Josh Susan Episode: "Believe Me, Brother"  
2004 Strong Medicine Becca Episode: "Positive Results"  
2004 Blue Collar TV Various Series regular  
2005–06 Hot Properties Nancy Episode: "Killer Bodies"  
2006 Phil of the Future Grace Episode: "Stuck in the Meddle with You"  
2008 The Replacements Bailey Voice role
Episode: "Glee by the Sea"
[14]
2008–14,
2020
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ahsoka Tano, various Voice role, 7 seasons [14]
2012 Sofia the First: Once Upon a Princess Mia the Bluebird Voice role [14]
2013–18 Sofia the First Mia the Bluebird Voice role [14]
2013 Robot Chicken Energizer Bunny's Wife, Girl Voice role
Episode: "Caffeine-Induced Aneurysm"
 
2014–17 Ultimate Spider-Man Dagger, Shriek Voice role [14]
2014–16;
2018
Star Wars Rebels Fulcrum/Ahsoka Tano Voice role
Recurring character
[14]
2017–18 Star Wars Forces of Destiny Ahsoka Tano Voice role [14]
2019 Avengers Assemble Lady Elanna Voice role, 3 episodes [14]
2020 She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Tallstar Voice role
Episode: "Stranded"

Video games[edit]

List of voice performances in video games
Year Title Role Notes Source
2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Lightsaber Duels Ahsoka Tano   [14]
2009 Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes Ahsoka Tano   [15]
2011 Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars Ahsoka Tano   [14]
2015 Disney Infinity 3.0 Ahsoka Tano   [16]

Audiobooks[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ashley Drane [interview]". BradyWorld.com. n.d. Archived from the original on October 22, 2002.
  2. ^ Gennis, Sadie (March 29, 2019). "How Cyberbullies Motivated Ashley Eckstein to Make the Star Wars Fandom More Inclusive". TV Guide. Archived from the original on March 31, 2019. Retrieved February 9, 2020. Eckstein, 37 [as of March 2019]...
  3. ^ "Ashley Eckstein: Movies, Photos, Videos, News, Biography & Birthday | eTimes". timesofindia.indiatimes.com. April 10, 2017. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Carchidi, Jim (May 6, 2015). "Inside Her Universe: Ashley Eckstein comes home to Star Wars Weekends". Orlando Business Journal. Retrieved September 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Romano, Nick (April 16, 2020). "Clone Wars star has a new hope for the future of Ahsoka". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  6. ^ Sheridan, Wade (April 9, 2020). "Ashley Eckstein: Ahsoka of 'Star Wars' is her 'heart and soul'". UPI. Retrieved March 17, 2021.
  7. ^ Whitten, Sarah (May 3, 2017). "How Ashley Eckstein went from 'Star Wars' actress to geek fashion mogul". CNBC. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved May 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Fangirls a Growing Force in Star Wars Empire". Newsarama. June 25, 2010. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012.
  9. ^ "'Her Universe' is Ashley Eckstein's battle cry". CNN. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  10. ^ "Ashley Eckstein: UNICEF Kid Power Champion". UNICEF. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  11. ^ "Star Wars: For for Change Launches 2nd UNICEF Kid Power Mission Featuring Ashey Eckstein!". UNICEF. Retrieved February 27, 2017.
  12. ^ "In I Am a Padawan, Ashley Eckstein Pens Lessons on Failure and Hope". StarWars.com. April 30, 2020. Retrieved July 15, 2020.
  13. ^ "Little David Becomes A Goliath". Philippine Daily Inquirer. October 29, 2006. Retrieved May 21, 2011.
  14. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Behind The Voice Actors - Ashley Eckstein". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  15. ^ Krome Studios (October 6, 2009). Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Republic Heroes. LucasArts. Scene: Closing credits, 2:30 in, Voice Talent.
  16. ^ Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:29 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
  17. ^ Floyd, James (November 1, 2016). "Commentary Track: Behind the Scenes of Ahsoka with E.K. Johnston". StarWars.com. Retrieved May 4, 2020.

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