While under strict orders to avoid revealing anything about the upcoming film Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Laura Dern did tell a hilarious story about her time on set on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She even let a little detail about her character, Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, slip in the process.
“I did have the greatest experience of my life. I felt like I was 7 years old again,” Dern says in the clip at top. “Brian Johnson keeps telling this really embarrassing story—our amazing director—about how when he got in the editing room and I do have weaponry in a scene (OK, I have said that!), he literally heard me making sounds because I had only done it in my room in childhood. And on camera, you hear me then going ‘Pew-pew, pew-pew.’ It’s so embarrassing!”
“But, you know, it’s Star Wars! It was so embarrassing but I was so excited to be there that I really did think I was at play,” Dern added.
The actress also worked with the late Carrie Fisher on the film, and she learned a lot from the acting veteran. “The amazing Carrie, who we all knew was just the most wildly forthright and incredible, authentic being and taught us so much about that,” she said.
During Dern’s Ellen appearance, she also touched on the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal and her own experience in Hollywood. “I talked about how I was one of the lucky ones because I was raised by actors who told me their stories and told me what to look out for. And I realized that I was still justifying behavior,” she said.
“And it was my mom who said, ‘No, no, no, Laura, that was sexual assault. That was harassment. That was assault. No, you were 14 then.’ And you realize in our culture how we have justified and therefore even condoned behavior as though it’s the norm.”
Watch the clips above, and catch Dern on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday.