Yvonne Chapman, who will portray Avatar Kyoshi in Netflix’s live-action Avatar: The Last Airbender adaptation, reveals how her character’s relationship with Aang stands out. In the original Nickelodeon animated series, Kyoshi is one of the longest-living Avatars in history, having a complex past and a legacy that Aang must eventually contend with. In Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender, Gordon Cormier is set to take on the role of the young Air Nomad tasked with restoring balance to the world.
Chapman recently spoke to Cliche Magazine (via Avatar News) about how Kyoshi will interact with Aang on Netflix’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. While Kyoshi will guide the young boy in his journey to master the elements, the star teases that she will stand apart from other former Avatars due to her bolder, more pragmatic perspective on his journey. Check out Chapman’s full response below:
“She sometimes has a different perspective from the other Avatars. She’s a very fierce person, and she is going to be able to guide Aang in what needs to be done in his circumstances. Kyoshi is going to be able to give Aang the advice that he needs to hear at the time that he needs to hear it.”
How Kyoshi Impacted Aang’s Journey In Avatar: The Last Airbender
In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Kyoshi was the Avatar before Aang’s predecessor, Roku, and an orphan child from the criminal underworld of the Earth Kingdom. When her adoptive family was killed after her Avatar status was exposed, Kyoshi would join her future partner Ragni’s criminal group, the Flying Opera Company, and take up arms against the leader of the Earth Kingdom. Dedicated to enacting peace through justice by any means necessary, Kyoshi brought both stability and prosperity to the Earth Kingdom, but also left it with a number of flawed systems and conflicts that would linger until Aang’s arrival.
During Aang’s journey on Avatar: The Last Airbender, he and his friends arrived at Chin Village, a town that vilified the Avatar due to Kyoshi being held responsible for their founder’s death. This led to Kyoshi manifesting through Aang in a trial to clarify her conflict with the warlord. Kyoshi would later show Aang how their actions as the Avatar can leave consequences that will last for many years beyond their deaths. The pair also conversed when Aang required guidance about how to stop Ozai, where Kyoshi advised him to do what he felt was necessary and end the Fire Lord’s life.
Though she did not appear in Avatar: The Last Airbender season 1, it is believed Kyoshi will have an expanded role in the live-action series. Chapman’s latest comments indicate that Kyoshi and the other previous Avatars may play a greater role in guiding Aang on his journey from an earlier point. And while Chapman’s description matches Kyoshi and Aang’s animated dynamic, it sounds like it may receive a lot more development now.
Source: Cliche Magazine (via Avatar News)