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12.19.2019

Daisy Ridley has definitely grown. Right before “Force Awakens” opened, the then-unknown English actress was wowed by her face on a yogurt cup. Now, Ridley, also 27, is a full-on celebrity who’s boarded big-time fare like “Murder on the Orient Express” and even played a Shakespearean heroine in “Ophelia.”

Ridley who once had stars in her eyes is now a legit Hollywood star, departing the “Star Wars” galaxy for new and uncharted waters.

Daisy says, she “felt a bit more like, ‘Ehhh, why is it me? Maybe you made a mistake.’ Now I have sort of half-convinced myself in believing that it’s all good and that I was chosen for a reason, so I feel more confident in myself. And I feel just a bit more confident in navigating the whole world.”

Rise of Skywalker” director J.J. Abrams, who introduced Ridley’s Jedi-in-training Rey in “Force Awakens,” says she and Boyega are “so damn good.” When Abrams looks back on that film, he remembers Ridley “was a baby” but also “limitless in her ability.” And in “Rise of Skywalker,” he adds, “it’s a very complicated emotional story for her. She’s got to do some real stuff and I knew she would be able to. Watching her in this movie blows my mind.”

In “Force Awakens” and 2017’s “The Last Jedi,” Rey’s “just been doing a lot of what other people said she should be doing,” Ridley says. “So this film is really her figuring stuff out for herself.”

Fans are still curious about Rey’s backstory and her parentage, even after archfoe Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) told her in “Last Jedi” that her mom and dad were nobody junk traders. “The thing that I’ve always said is I, Daisy, believe what Kylo said,” Ridley says. “Rey perhaps doesn’t believe that. So that was something I sort of had to get my head around because I was like, ‘I guess Rey cares as much as the audience does.’

“It was also that thing of why can’t she just be powerful,” outside of any familial connections, Ridley adds. “This story does an amazing amount of justice.”

Star Wars” for Ridley will always be that combination of awesome action and massive emotion, and as a performer, “it was like this insane opportunity that led me to an amazing group of people, an amazing role and an amazing experience.”

Her IMDb page continues to build, with a role next year in the family film “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” (August 7) and after in the sci-fi movie “Chaos Walking” (2021), as well as teaming with Abrams again for a biopic on World War II spy Virginia Hall. Unlike when she was a fresh-faced galactic rookie, Ridley says, “I feel a bit more understanding of the whole process of making a film, selling a film, all of that stuff, which is to someone who hasn’t done that before a very strange thing.”

– Snippets from the USA Today article.

 

12.13.2019

Daisy Ridley recently teased that her Star Wars character Rey has a confrontation with returning empire baddie Emperor Palpatine in the upcoming trilogy, The Rise of Skywalker, saying it was among her favorites to shoot.

In an interview with USA Today, the actress admitted that she was hesitant at first about how the Senator-turned-Sith Lord’s comeback would weave into the franchise’s newest saga when director JJ Abrams first told her about it.

But once she read the script, her worries disappeared.

“I guess I had all the questions that a lot of other people have,” she told the publication. “And then I was like, ‘OK, this is f***ing awesome.'”

Stars Wars actor John Boyega (Finn) had this similar reaction to the “dope” scene, making sure to come in on his day off just to watch Ridley shoot it.

“I was just like, ‘I can’t wait to see that onscreen.’ He’s definitely a formidable challenge for Rey and everything that’s going down with her,” he said. “He’s scary. But it’s so, so cool.”

07.01.2018

Daisy Ridley got invited to join the Oscars voting panel in a big push to improve diversity at the awards.

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Ridley is set to join along with rising name Juno Temple, Detectorists star Toby Jones and Naveen Andrews, the London-born actor who shot to fame in the television series, Lost.

12.24.2017

It seems the plant-based movement has blown up so much that it has reached galaxies far, far away, as Star Wars lead actor Daisy Ridley revealed she is a vegan in a recent interview with the Irish men’s lifestyle website, JOE.ie.

Ridley expressed gratitude for vegan dining options while balancing the hectic promotion schedule of the new movie. You can watch the full interview below.

Apparently, Ridley is an animal lover, as she has a rescue dog named Muffin who is blind and deaf. There is also a moment in the latest Star Wars film in which Chewbacca refuses to eat a dead animal carcass, likening it to his Porg alien animal friends.

08.12.2017

This December brings Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will continue the main story of the franchise, while also finally bringing Luke back to the silver screen in a substantial role. Daisy Ridley‘s Rey will presumably be hanging with Luke in Ach-To for a while, with the Jedi Master, in a similar way to the time spent with Harrison Ford’s Han Solo in The Force Awakens. And it turns out that Han’s loss will still be weighing on the new hero, especially because Luke will apparently be so miserable. Daisy Ridley said:

“Oh my God, this other man that I lost within a couple days was somewhat of a father figure. Now he’s gone, and instead I’m with this grumpy guy on an island who doesn’t want me here.”

Daisy Ridley‘s comments, which are from EW, actually sound like a great way of keeping Rey’s Star Wars journey fresh and exciting. If Rey got along with Luke as easily as she did with Han, then The Last Jedi would likely feel a bit too similar to its predecessor. Instead, Luke will be busy throwing himself an intergalactic pity party with the alien caretakers, and Rey will have to convince him to not only rejoin the Resistance, but train her as a padawan. And it sounds like that’s not going to be easy.

Han Solo’s mentorship of Rey was one of the highlights of The Force Awakens, as the two appeared to have quite a few things in common. For instance, she instantly knew how to operate the Millennium Falcon, despite the ship being out of commission for a number of years. Additionally, Chewbacca took an instant liking to her, which is rare for the Wookie.

Speaking of the Falcon, it looks like the ship that made the Kessel Run in fourteen parsecs is now officially Rey’s, which is another way that Han’s influence will be felt when The Last Jedi arrives in theaters. Rey, Chewie, and R2-D2 traveled to Ach-To together, and she is likely the only person besides Lando who knows how to really operate the Falcon. Rey is now looking after Han’s best friend and ship, which is a fantastic way to keep the smuggler’s spirit in the heart of the film.

We’ll just have to wait and see how much Han is mentioned when Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives in theaters. For the sake of the fans, I’m hoping that we at least get one solid scene with Leia grieving her lover’s death, as her loss wasn’t featured prominently in The Force Awakens.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will fly into theaters on December 15th.

11.16.2016

One of the perks with being the lead in a Star Wars movie is you can help a small independent film get seen by more people. The fact is Otto Bell’s great documentary, The Eagle Huntress, would have a tough time getting press in mainstream publications even though it’s a fantastic story. But with Daisy Ridley narrating and executive producing the film and willing to get out there and do press to promote it, you have a lot more people willing to cover the film and thus greater exposure.

If you’re not familiar with the story, The Eagle Huntress follows a 13-year-old girl named Aisholpan as she trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her Kazakh family to become an eagle hunter. In addition to her quest, she has to take on the close-minded elders who believe women should not be involved in their ancient tradition. But with the help of her father, Nurgaiv, who believes a girl can do anything a boy can, she sets out to take on the establishment and compete in the Golden Eagle Festival, where she faces off against 70 of the greatest Kazakh eagle hunters in Mongolia.

the-eagle-huntress-posterDuring my interview with Daisy Ridley, we talked about how she got involved in the film, what it feels like to know her involvement will help The Eagle Huntress be seen by more people, how the bond between Aisholpan and her father meant a lot to her, auditioning for Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express, the Star Wars toys backlash when Rey was missing from a lot of the early Force Awakens toys, how Hasbro is fixing their mistakes, working with Rian Johnson on Star Wars: Episode VIII, and a lot more. Check out what she had to say…

Collider: Let’s start with the most important thing, can you still go food shopping or is it all gone?
RIDLEY: Yeah, yeah. I can still do that.

So you have the best of both worlds.
RIDLEY: For sure.

That’s amazing.
RIDLEY: Yeah. When people stop me they’re very nice, it doesn’t happen that often. Usually I’m so confused as to why they’re stopping me, it takes me a couple of seconds to get over it. So I probably look something like, “What have I done!?” But it’s all good.

I think if people heard you talk though…
RIDLEY: Usually it’s either when I laugh or when I talk that people are like, “huh.”

I’m listening to you talk right now and I’m like, “Oh yeah.” I would pick that out of a crowd.
RIDLEY: Yeah, especially in America. But also people are just very friendly, so it’s all good anyway.

It’s also because the sun is here.
RIDLEY: Yes, the sun is here. I actually really loves L.A. I think the vibes are great and people tend to be very happy. It’s fantastic.

Because it doesn’t rain.
RIDLEY: I mean, it did rain yesterday.

I swear to you, that’s an anomaly.
RIDELY: But it’s raining again next week.

I don’t believe that.
RIDLEY: I believe it. When it rains, I’m gonna be like, “Hey, told ya”

It rarely rains. Jumping into why I get to talk to you today, this is one of those crazy stories that will benefit from your limelight, you’re able to shine some on it by putting your name on this and narrating. What is it like for you knowing that you can use some of that limelight to propel a project like this?
RIDLEY: It’s very odd, and then great. Because also hearing Otto [Bell, Director] speak, he’s so passionate about the whole thing, obviously as he would be still. And it feels like everything is happening for the right reasons, for me it doesn’t feel exploitative. I watched the film and I actually loved it, I asked to come onboard, and he wanted a narrator so it just so happened that everything worked out very well. What’s great is the film would have done great otherwise, but for sure if like an extra 20 people go to see the film…

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08.09.2016

Daisy Ridley has joined the line-up of wax figure royalty at London’s famous wax museum, Madame Tussauds. The actress, 24, who plays Rey in the Star Wars franchise, was “unveiled” in her wax form. She is standing next to BB-8. Woohoo!

06.13.2016

Ahead of her new album of duets, launching in August, pop superstar Barbra Streisand released a video of herself performing along with The Dark Knight Rises’s Anne Hathaway and Star Wars: The Force Awakens’s Daisy Ridley.

You can check it out above. In the video, the trio perform “At the Ballet” from A Chorus Line. The revelation came after Ridley posted a photo of the two to Instagram back in March, teasing more details to come.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters December 18, 2015, kicking off a new trilogy of Saga films as Episodes VIII and IX are already scheduled. The film garnered a record $247 million at the domestic box office and $529 million globally in its opening weekend.

03.13.2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has scooped 11 MTV Movie Award nominations. The J.J Abrams directed sequel is up for Best Action Performance (John Boyega), Best Villain (Adam Driver), and newcomer Daisy Ridley will compete for Best Female Performance for her role as Rey.

She will be vying for votes alongside Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect 2), Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road), Jennifer Lawrence (Joy) and Morena Baccarin (Deadpool).

This year’s nominations were announced via MTV’s Snapchat Discover channel, marking the second time the broadcaster has used a mobile app for the announcement.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart will co-host the ceremony which will be held in California on April 10th, 2016.

03.13.2016

Daisy Ridley may have hit the motherlode of film franchises when the then-virtual unknown was cast in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the 23-year-old Brit actress is in the running for another icon: Lara Croft. Deadline understands that the fresh-faced Ridley is one of a number of actresses being considered for the Tomb Raider reboot that Warner Bros and MGM are partnering on to produce and release, with GK Films’ Graham King producing.

While conversations have taken place, this is still very early and there have been no official negotiations or offer yet, with the producers keeping their options wide open at this stage. This is one of THE plum gigs out there for a young actress. The role was famously played by Angelina Jolie at her most kick-ass and pneumatic. Based on the long-running video game franchise, Tomb Raider follows the English archaeologist Lara Croft through a series of adventures heavily inspired by Indiana Jones (and, to a lesser extent, Allan Quartermaine).

The latest adaptation, which has been in development for several years, received a jolt of adrenaline when the video game series was rebooted by game developer Square Enix with 2013’s Tomb Raider, which depicted Croft’s first adventure as an archaeology student, and follow-up Rise Of The Tomb Raider. That younger take on the character’s origin and path to derring-do are believed to have given the film’s producers some creative guidance.

Cassidy Lange is overseeing for MGM, with Drew Crevello doing so for Warners. Denis O’Sullivan of GK Films is overseeing the production.

Ridley, currently shooting Star Wars: Episode VIII, is repped by CAA. Her only confirmed post-Star Wars gig to date is her coming aboard The Eagle Huntress documentary as an exec producer.