Star Wars

Star Wars Surprise: Jedi Are Celibate!

Despite seven (going on eight) movies and myriad books, comics, and animated series, there are still a lot of unknown mysteries when it comes to the Jedi of the Star Wars universe. The Force-sensitive folks are so fascinatingly unknowable that people are constantly asking the internet for explanations for their many secrets. We here at WIRED spend a lot of time Googling for answers, but when we have access to an actual Jedi, we’re always going to go straight to the source for our answers. So when the opportunity presented itself to ask Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) some Jedi questions, we consulted the internet and brought the best to his attention. What did he say? Well, for one, Jedi are celibate. “I think so,” he said. “Otherwise I’d have a girlfriend by now.” Was he kidding? Perhaps. The rules around what Jedi are allowed to do in this regard have always been murky. Anakin and Padmé's relationship got them in trouble, but that was more because the future Darth Vader got attached to Queen Amidala of Naboo, not that they got down. Yet because Jedi are supposed to be focused on bringing balance to the Force, it's easy to