Gloria Garcia is an American actress from Cicero, Illinois, best known for her role as the Jakku Defender in Star Wars The Force Awakens, protecting the spiritual villagers of Tuanul, Lor San Tekka (Max Von Sydow) & Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) from First Order forces during the opening scene. According to Pablo Hidalgo of the Lucasfilm Story Group, the characters official name has yet to be revealed, but knowing how thorough the company are, it won’t be long before she receives one.
There was a moment on set, when director JJ Abrams gathered some of the actors around a weapons cache and said “Alright pick em up”. Gloria picked a rifle up instantly, cocked it and pointed it straight at him. JJ looked her over and said “You look like your gonna kill me” which made her think she’d blown it. To Gloria’s relief however, JJ introduced himself later on and picked her for the part.
Besides Star Wars, Gloria has also played a U.S Mob Boss in the hit James Bond movie ‘Spectre’, starring Daniel Craig as well as a Police Officer in Eastenders and an IOI Staff member in the hugely anticipated Steve Spielberg movie ‘Ready Player One’ set to be released in 2018.
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)