Monday, November 13, 2017

Daisy Ridley Discusses How Her 'Star Wars' Experience Changed From 'The Force Awakens' To 'The Last Jedi'

By: Dominic Jones

Making a Star Wars movie comes with great amounts of pressure for all involved, but perhaps none more so than for the film's star.  When Daisy Ridley was cast as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens she not only became the face of a franchise with forty years of history, she was also taking on her first major film role.  Following that experience, Ridley returned two years later to the role for The Last Jedi and faced a whole different set of unique challenges.  The actress spoke about these trials in a new interview with Elle UK, where she is featured on the cover of the December issue.

She explained one of the big changes that came with shooting The Last Jedi was not having as many scenes with her co-star John Boyega (Finn), with whom she bonded with during production on The Force Awakens.  Ridley said,

"It's not this big adventure that I'm on with John [unlike the first movie]. I was thinking I did the first one because I didn't really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I'm realising what this actually is, and I can't f**king do this. I'm highly dramatic – so it's all 'oh my God'…finally I was like 'Oh yeah, this is working.''

She also revealed that she was less than pleased with her performance in The Force Awakens and how that impacted her in The Last Jedi, saying,

"I didn't think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that."

Ridley also shared some advice that the late Carrie Fisher gave her, telling Elle UK, that Fisher encouraged her to enjoy her success rather than "shrink away from it."  About the advice, Ridley said,

"And that was wonderful. At work, you're normal, you're not the anomaly, unlike in other situations."

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.  The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley as Rey, Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Amilyn Holdo, Benicio Del Toro as DJ, and Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata.

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