It’s been almost 17 years and I still don’t know why Padme Amidala develops a crush on 11 year old Anakin Skywalker when she’s been traveling with a young and hot Ewan McGregor
My first reaction upon reading this was “SO MUCH AGREE.”
But I’ve done some thinking about it since then and it’s a bit more complex than that, I think. The first thing is that Padme quite clearly did NOT have a crush on Anakin to begin with. It’s pretty clear, in fact, that beyond a lingering fondness for the boy he was, Padme didn’t really spend much time thinking about him in the 10 years between TPM and AotC. But, putting that aside, let’s look at something simpler – their ages.
And this got way long… sorry OP!
In TPM, Anakin was 10-11 years old. Padme was 14. Obi-Wan was somewhere in his early-mid twenties (25). (There seems to be some debate on this, but let’s face it, George Lucas was worse about pinning down ages than Victor Hugo in Les Mis and that’s saying a lot. :P) ANYWAY, if you’re 14 years old, even if you rule a planet, you’re closer in emotional age to an 11 year old than you are to an adult in their mid-twenties. And with everything she’s got going on, she’s probably not so much focusing on the potential eye-candy around her. But she can relate to Anakin. She sympathizes and is horrified by his situation as a slave, she appreciates his humor, and later on, she feels his homesickness as keenly as she does her own. And let’s not forget that he’s the one who drags her off into the house to show off his stuff to her and treats her like the young girl she never gets a chance to be otherwise. She may not have a crush on him, but there’s a definite connection there. A basis for a friendship.
Obi-Wan, while he’s obviously more mature and a more appropriate object of physical attraction (…being as Ani is TEN, FFS. O_o;;;), he’s also more untouchable in many, many ways. Qui Gon is his entire world, for one thing. Qui Gon and the Jedi order. The Jedi also don’t do attachment. And even if that weren’t the case, to Obi-Wan, Padme (as Amidala) is the reigning queen of her people and a politician. He would NEVER cross that line AND he doesn’t trust politicians. And as the handmaiden Padme, well… she’s a child. She’s 14 and he’s eleven years older than her and he’d no more reciprocate an attraction to her than she would to Anakin. So even if she might crush on him from afar, he’s sure not going to initiate anything, and she’s far too grounded and practical and astute to think that anything ever could or would happen there.
Now let’s skip forward ten years to AotC.
Anakin is now 21. Padme is 24. Obi-Wan is 35 going on 50. And Anakin is the one Padme spends all her time with in this movie. Obi-Wan is off tracking down clones and running solo missions. Padme is hiding out in gorgeous pastoral and Blatantly Romantic Settings ™ with Anakin and then flying off on adventures with him. It’s a completely different situation. And it’s no wonder that he’s the one she falls for, especially given how he worships the ground she walks on at this point. They relate to each other so well; neither of them is for Jedi serenity or rejection of attachment and they find comfort and understanding in each other.
So, it kind of makes sense, when you think about it that way?
(I’m so sorry, OP, I really didn’t mean to go off on this so much, but I literally had this reblog sitting open in a tab for a week because it made me think so hard. -.-;;;)