One of the biggest positives about The Force Awakens and presumably The Last Jedi is the insistence of using in-camera effects whenever possible.
To that end, the production staff for both films actually created a real-life, working BB-8 droid that talks and everything. It came out on stage during Star Wars Celebration and it's now obviously on the press tour for The Last Jedi, as this disgustingly adorable video of Laura Dern talking to BB-8 has surfaced online.
Dern, who plays Vice Admiral Holdo in The Last Jedi, talks to BB-8 as one would a dog and discusses the coming influence of porgs - that's those tiny birds we saw in the trailer for The Last Jedi.
Take a look and try not to get sick from the sweetness.
This cutie! pic.twitter.com/ub9GuO7iC3
— Laura Dern (@LauraDern) December 3, 2017