During the second episode of “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” which premiered May 27, Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan has a run-in with a drug-dealing teen on Daiyu, a gritty new planet full of seedy nightlife. Obi-Wan — who’s looking for a kidnapped Princess Leia (Vivien Lyra Blair) — tells the teen, named Tetha Grig, that he’s looking for his daughter. Tetha says that if his daughter is on Daiyu, he’ll never see her again, adding, “Nobody leaves this place. I was someone’s daughter once, too.” She gives Obi-Wan a small sample of her drugs and moves along.
But for fans watching, it’s actually a meta moment, because Tetha Grig is played by none other than Ewan’s real-life daughter Esther Rose McGregor. Esther’s appearance in “Obi-Wan Kenobi” was a major surprise, and neither she nor her dad has commented on the cameo yet. The 20-year-old has a handful of previous acting experience; according to IMDb, she previously appeared in two short films and a television series called “Resting Pitch Face.” She and her older sister Clara McGregor have also worked extensively as models.
Ewan told The New York Times in 2021 how proud he was of Esther and Clara’s modeling work. “They are beautiful, aren’t they?” he said. “I was able to visit them on a shoot that they both did together in New York,” and he said it was “cool” to be the one visiting their job when it’s usually the other way around.
Here are five things to know about Esther.