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With the arrival of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens, Daisy Ridley is about to go from unknown to intergalactic icon. Writer (and fanboy) Seth Plattner meets the new girl on fire for ELLE’s December issue cover story, on newsstands nationwide November 17.
British actress Daisy Ridley is only 23, but the maelstrom that is building around her is nearly 40 years in the making. On December 18, Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens will hit planet Earth, heralding the most anticipated sequel since the New Testament. Landing a role in the long-awaited new installment in the epic about that galaxy far, far away would be a game changer for any actress. This is Star Wars, after all—the more than $4.5 billion–grossing, six-film saga that has perhaps the cultiest following in the history of all that is geeky and cinematic (in a 2001 worldwide census, 500,000 people listed “Jedi Knight” as their official religion).
But for Ridley, The Force Awakens is not only her first multizillion-dollar tentpole studio extravaganza: It’s her first movie. Ever. And with due respect to Princess Leia and Queen Amidala, this is no damsel role, nor is it that of supportive sidekick to the guys who are really driving the Millennium Falcon. If the rampant fan speculation on the hundreds of Reddit, StarWars.com, and TheForce.net message boards—along with the whispers out of Hollywood—is true, Ridley’s character, Rey, will be the first female protagonist in the series’ four-decade history.
Here, in an excerpt from ELLE’s December cover story, four reasons Daisy Ridley is ready to take on Rey:
1. SHE’S DONE THE PREP.
The diet—”lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes,” Ridley says—and three months of grueling training: five hours a day, five days a week at the gym plus stunt practice at London’s Pinewood studios. “It became my solace,” she says of a fitness schedule she’s largely maintained in order to stay in Rey shape for reshoots, as well as the next, soon-to-film sequel in the series. “Because it’s the only thing structured in my life right now. Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess.”
2. SHE CAN KEEP A SECRET.
“I couldn’t tell any of my friends,” she continues. “I told my mum and my sisters— then my sister told her boyfriend, and my mum told her friend. I was like, ‘Great, guys—you are great.'”
3. SHE’S PREPARED TO DIE FOR THE PART.
“We were told about this scorpion in Abu Dhabi that, if it stabbed you, you needed treatment within half an hour,” Ridley recalls with a laugh. “There was this bit where I was lying in the sand, and if a scorpion got me, the nearest hospital was an hour away. So I was like, I could die right now. I could be dead in half an hour.” Knowing that, she still stayed there for as long as the scene took, displaying a grit that will come in handy when, as [Harrison] Ford puts it, “the whole world’s coming at her.”
4. SHE’S READY TO BE A NEW KIND OF ROLE MODEL.
“[Rey is] so strong. She’s cool and smart and she can look after herself. Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to,” Ridley promises. “That they don’t have to show off their bodies.”
To find how Ridley got the part, what it was really like behind-the-scenes, and why J.J. Abrams knew Daisy could be “the face of the new Star Wars,” pick up the December issue of ELLE, on newsstands nationwide November 17.