Interview with Leilani Shiu (Lay Lawn Knee)


Interview with Leilani Shiu (Lay Lawn Knee)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I have been in the music radio promotion business for the past 20 plus years and an actress since I was a child. Currently, I am the only principal cast Jawa on both seasons of The Mandalorian and The Book Of Boba Fett. What brought me to this career path is I love music, breaking rap/ R&B/ top 40 pop artist with radio airplay and I love being on TV.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

Getting big acting break into the Star Wars Universe. Since a kid, I have always done child stand-in since I am 4ft and a little person. But 4 years ago is when I got my big break and became a cast on The Mandalorian.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Keep being you, always have goals, and never say never.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

In the music business, Marthe Reynolds, my former boss at Island Def Jam gave me my first break. She fell in love with me, when we first met, and ask me to come to learn under her. The rest in history.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

With the Star Wars career now, yes. I want to be a role model and do charity visits at local hospitals with the 501st legion. I love meeting kids that look up to my character. I would love to bring a smile to a child who is struggling. Being little myself means a lot to me.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“ Be Unstoppable”. I never let my heigh stand in the way. It’s up to you to be what you can be.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

The readers can follow me @LeilaniShiu on Instagram/ Facebook / Tik Tok / Twitter/ Snapchat.