Faye Valentine is different in Netflix’s ‘Cowboy Bebop’

Just more proof that it’s really hard to translate things from an anime to live-action.

words by: Alee Kwong
Dec 21, 2021

If you’re familiar with the ’90s animeCowboy Bebop, then you’re pretty aware of the character change they made in Netflix’s live-action adaptation. The very obvious differences between Faye Valentine’s costume in the Cowboy Bebop anime and live-action adaptation have become a hot button topic of discussion among fans. In a recent interview, Daniella Pineda discusses the particular reasons behind the changes in her character’s look.


Actress Daniella Pineda spoke with Deadline and went on to explain that while the creative team wanted to keep Faye’s costume as close to the original as possible, changes were necessary to allow for the show’s intense action sequences. “We did rolls. We did sword fighting. We did fist and footwork. It was really rewarding and really intense, and after having gone through that, I have this whole new respect for people who do action film. Thank god for my stunt double, Jayde Rutene,” Pineda said.



“Having gone through the training, it makes sense why we made adjustments to the costume,” she continued. “I think it was everyone’s intention to keep the original costume, but with that original costume, you can’t hide gels and knee pads. You can’t have Faye be live-action and a fighter and doing all this incredible crazy stunt work and not have a little coverage. That’s the primary reason why adjustments were made to the costume.”


Along with the costume change, the live-action adaptation writes Faye Valentine as a queer character — another stark difference from her over-sexualized femme fatale character in the anime series. When asked about Valentine’s sexuality in the show, Pineda simply responds, “I think you’re just going to have to wait and see because season one’s Faye is still exploring, so I can’t answer that.”


Pineda also explained how much of Faye’s story arc revolves around her figuring out who she is. “I think that that was a very clever device in exploring Faye’s predicament, which is that she has been cryogenically frozen for so long, so she doesn’t know not only who she is, but she doesn’t know what her preferences are,” the actress stated. “I think that that expands from food to dogs and cats to her sexuality, and so, I feel like that was a device of basically someone who was exploring and trying to understand what they like, and therefore who they are.”


Cowboy Bebop is now streaming exclusively on Netflix.


In related news, COVID-19 is still delaying movie production heavily.


Photos via Geoffrey Short/Netflix and Screen Rant