Diego Luna Almost Missed the Call to Accept His Role in Rogue One: I Thought It Was a 'Drunken Cousin' Calling
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You snooze, you lose.
After five months of auditions, Diego Luna says he was on pins and needles waiting to find out if he landed the role of Captain Cassian Andor in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but when it came time to answer the crucial call and accept the part — he almost missed it.
“I saw this British number calling me at 2 a.m., and I have family in England, so I thought it was, like, a drunken cousin from a bar or something,” he says in PEOPLE’s Stars Wars: The Secrets of Rogue One special issue.
But after ignoring the call and going back to sleep, Luna, 36, quickly realized just who it could be on the other end.
“I ran over and saw that it was [director] Gareth Edwards wanting to give me some news! I just jumped around like crazy — it was quite a special day,” he says.
WATCH : Director Gareth Edwards Told Diego Luna “Welcome to Star Wars” When He Found Out He Got the Role in “Rogue One”
“[Edwards] said, ‘Okay, welcome to Star Wars,’ ” Luna tells PEOPLE Now, in an exclusive video, of that fateful call.
With the role came a new challenge: He had to keep his involvement a secret.
“It was all happiness until he said, ‘You cannot tell anyone,’ ” he says in the clip.
The actor admits that it was especially hard to keep the secret from his two kids, Jeronimo, 8, and Fiona, 6.
“I didn’t trust my children to keep the secret because, well, they’re kids!” he jokes in the special issue. “I told them we were spending the summer in England, but I couldn’t tell them why for quite a long time.”
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Rogue One hits theaters Dec. 16.