Established in May 2019, Friends of the Force was created by Brad Whipple following a trip to Star Wars Celebration Chicago. 



Friends of the Force aims at finding joy in the Star Wars fandom. Through collaborative in-depth discussions and interviews, we provide an inclusive and community-oriented space, striking the perfect balance between unadulterated enthusiasm and constructive criticism.


We hope you choose to become a friend of the Force.



To send us a message or for any business inquiries, please contact us at friendsoftheforcepodcast@gmail.com.



BRAD — Creator, Host, Executive Producer

When he's not screaming into the void about Star Wars, Brad spends his nights eating never-ending pasta bowls and wondering why his stomach hurts immediately after. Or reading a nice book.

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SARAH — Cohost (Main Show & Bibo's Book Report)

When Sarah’s not talking about Star Wars (it happens!), she’s probably talking about politics, both of which are equally annoying subjects to outsiders. Sarah considers herself to be THE Friend of the Force.

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Emily Swallow
The Armorer on Lucasfilm's "The Mandalorian."

Emily's other work includes Castlevania, The Mentalist, and Supernatural.
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Paul is a Korean Canadian actor who is best known for his work on Kim's Convenience and Train 48. He is also a two-time winner for Best Leading Actor in a Comedy Series at the Canadian Screen Awards (2017 & 2018).

Recently, Paul starred in The Mandalorian as X-Wing pilot Carson Teva.
Stephany Folsom
Stephany has written on Marvel’s "Thor Ragnarok," Lucasfilm’s "Star Wars Resistance" series, and most recently co-wrote the Academy Award-winning "Toy Story 4."

Upcoming, she is the consulting producer and writer on Amazon Prime’s "Lord of the Rings" as well as the showrunner and writer for an adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan’s "Paper Girls."
Christopher Sean
The Voice of Kazuda Xiono on "Star Wars Resistance."

Christopher has also starred in shows like "Hawaii Five-0," "Days of Our Lives," and "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries."
Elizabeth Grullon
Voice of the Second Sister in "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order"
Josh Brener
The voice of Neeku Vozo on "Star Wars: Resistance." Josh is also best known for his work as Nelson Bighetti in HBO's "Silicon Valley."
Sumalee Montano
Sumalee is an actress with experience in live-action, video games, commercial work, and animation. She is the voice behind Agent Tierny in "Star Wars: Resistance," Mari Kosan in "Jedi: Fallen Order," and Shae Vizla in the Old Republic series.
Nazneen Contractor
The voice of Synara San in "Star Wars Resistance." Previous work includes Star Trek Into Darkness, Heroes Reborn, and Roman J. Israel, Esq. Nazneen also played Pericles at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival for 92 shows in Ontario, Canada.
Claudia Gray
Claudia Gray is the writer of multiple young adult novels, including the Evernightseries, the Firebird trilogy and the Constellation trilogy. In addition, she’s written several Star Wars novels, such as Lost Stars, Bloodline, and (most recently) Into the Dark as part of the High Republic publishing initiative.
Alexander Freed
New York Times bestselling author Alexander Freed has worked as a game designer, novelist, editor, and comic book writer for nearly fifteen years, contributing to dozens of works ranging from mass market video games of record-setting scope to critically acclaimed small press anthologies.

His recent Star Wars novels include Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company, the Rogue One Novelization, and the Alphabet Squadron trilogy.
Amy Richau
Amy Richau is a freelance writer and researcher. Her first book, Star Wars: I Love You. I Know.: Lessons in Love and Friendship came out in early 2021. When she’s not interviewing women who worked on Star Wars projects for her website, 365 Star Wars, she’s dreaming of the day she finally properly displays all of her Star Wars collectibles.
Lilliam Rivera
Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of children’s books. Most recently, she penned BEYOND THE CLOUDS in From a Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back.

Her other work includes Never Look Back, a retelling of the Greek myth Orpheus and Eurydice set in the New York by Bloomsbury. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, Elle, and many more.
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Friends of the Force is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with STAR WARS, Lucasfilm Ltd., The Walt Disney Company, Disney Enterprises Inc., or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. The official Star Wars web site is available at www.starwars.com.  All Star Wars artwork, logos & properties: ©Lucasfilm LTD