Wednesday, November 4, 2015

The Hollywood Reporter Profiles John Boyega and Daisy Ridley

By: Dominic Jones

The Hollywood Reporter profiled the stars of Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens John Boyega (Finn) and Daisy Ridley (Rey) this week, releasing several fun videos of the actors talking about the the new film, their experiences, and each other!  Check them out below!

THR also released long form interviews with Ridley and Boyega.  Highlights include,

John Boyega on growing up a Star Wars fan,
I'm sure there's a contractually obligated answer to this question, but were you a Star Wars fan as a kid?
(Laughs.) What kind of contract would that be? Absolutely. Yeah, definitely I was.

Did your parents get your love for Star Wars?
No. My parents are not interested in Star Wars whatsoever. They're only interested in The Force Awakens. In terms of the rest, they're like, "OK, cool, but you're not in it." They're all about stakes. I've always been a fan, especially of the extended universe, like the comic books, the games. I had watched all the movies before being cast. I was fully aware of what Star Wars was. I didn't have to get an update.

Daisy Ridley on the secrecy surrounding the film,
Once you were announced as Rey, there was still and continues to be so much secrecy with this franchise. How do you navigate that?
Me and John had to do something the other day, and we were allowed to talk about things that we haven't been able to talk about, and I felt really funny about that. I'm not going to get in huge trouble, but it's just that everyone has worked so hard on it. The minute you think about all the other thousands of people who are keeping this a secret, it didn't feel like such a burden anymore. Even if I were to describe in the best detail possible everything that happens in the film, I could never do it justice because it's a story told in film. So the secrecy doesn't feel difficult. It feels like the right thing. There were rumors here and there, and some things are true and some are totally not.

Boyega on the surreal experience of being in Star Wars,
What's been the most surreal part of the ride so far?
I think just watching the trailers, for me. That's surreal. It doesn't get realer than that. We went to Comic-Con, met the fans, but watching the actual content is ridiculous. I've never seen myself in that kind of format before — in a movie that is probably the biggest movie of all time. It's a culture. It's like a religion for some people. It's like, it's so crazy to see yourself heavily involved in it.

And finally, Ridley on the secret of Rey's parentage,
Everyone wants to know who Rey's parents are. Do you know?

Will the viewer know after the first episode or not necessarily?
Questions will be answered, absolutely. The main question will be answered.

The rest of the interviews are fantastic as well, you can read the rest over at The Hollywood Reporter!  

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18th

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