Dubai-based twins star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Dubai-based twins star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Buro 24/7 Middle East speaks to sisters

Text: Meeran Mekkaoui

Image: Liana and Thea Shengelaia

Liana and Thea Shengelaia, the Dubai-based Georgian twins talk with Buro 24/7 Middle East after their Star Wars: The Force Awakens debut...

A fter auditioning as extras in an upcoming post-apocalyptic film The Worthy, directed by Emirati Ali Mustafa last year, aspiring musicians Liana and Thea Shengelaia have landed the ultimate role as rich aliens who shop in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The Dubai-based Georgia-born sisters were cast in the long-awaited film, which premiered last night and Buro 24/7 Middle East caught up with the duo to discuss Daisy, Dubai and their next not-to-be-missed role.

First words on starring in the film?

It was something different, a huge experience for us.

Did you have any lines?

We did have lines but they were muted. My sister and I basically had to stay together the whole time because we're twins, so it was easy for us to talk to each other.

What did you wear?

We wore something very weird; similar to a gown but it was a pair of pants with a very long top. Obviously we had to be in the same outfits because we're twins. We also had our make-up and hair done but the make-up was mild.

Tell us every detail of working with Star Wars lead actress Daisy Ridley...

It was interesting collaborating with the crew and with Daisy Ridley. She was really nice, everyone was really nice and even the director (J.J Abrams) introduced himself along with the assistant director. We really learned a lot.

What was it like filming in Abu Dhabi?

We filmed for four days. The worst part of the experience was the weather. It was really hot, and we had to remain outdoors. There were tents, but still it was very hot and we didn't even know where we were. The marketplace was probably my favourite area, it was so crowded and it was like a small city.

What did you have to do at the marketplace?

We had to pretend to go shopping. We were actually involved in two different scenes, including the one at the end with the big explosion. They were real explosives and we had to hold hands and run away together. It was really a great experience and everyone clapped at the end.

What's next for you?

We love acting and still do it part time, however we are working on our debut album and have a single coming out in early 2016.

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