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.
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…
Prince’s William and Harry battled with lightsabers and hugged a Wookie on the set of the next “Star Wars” movie on Tuesday. The royal brothers were given a tour of the Pinewood Studios set in England by British actress Daisy Ridley, who plays heroine Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
During the visit they met Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, and other cast and characters including Chewbacca and BB-8.
Kensington Palace said Tuesday’s visit was to salute the British creative talent involved in the “Star Wars” films, which have used British studios, actors, craftspeople and technicians since the 1970s.
Actors John Boyega and Daisy Ridley spoke to reporters about meeting Prince William and Prince Harryon the set of Star Wars: Episode VIII at Pinewood Studios.
Are you excited to hear Daisy Ridley as Taeko and Dev Patel as Toshio in Only Yesterday next week? Ridley spoke about how she felt about the film in a short video interview with GKIDS, and commented on the progressiveness of it, even today:
For a film to center on a woman in the ’60s and ’80s, and have been already released 25 years ago and with cinema still being where it is today with people not being represented right…is very exciting.
The Studio Ghibli movie first came out in 1991 (it’s older than Ridley!), and its themes about country life, coming-of-age, and female childhood made it the highest grossing domestic movie in Japan that year. The story resonated largely with the audience in the face of the financial crisis, conformist attitudes, and the state of Japanese agriculture. All these factors might make you think United States viewers may find Only Yesterday dated, or not relatable, but Ridley thinks there’s something in there for everyone:
It’s funny because I guess Ghibli films, a lot of the time, are fantastical and everything–but the human stories are so human. They are what so many people around the world can identify with. I think the reason this is such a loved film and will continue to be so is because it doesn’t feel foreign. It feels exactly right, like, you know, ‘how do you make you dreams come true’ and stuff like that and, I guess, you live. You go day-to-day, try new things, and you meet new people, and eventually you’ll kind of end up where you should be, so I think anyone around the world–girl, boy, young or old goes through transitional periods of self-discovery and because of that this film will speak to everybody.
Only Yesterday is opening nationwide February 26th. You can also view screencaps, here.
Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher and John Boyega were joined by David Beckham and Kylie Minogue on The Graham Norton Show UK December 19th 2015. We have added x stills, you can watch the full episode here.
Listen to Daisy Ridley on the BBC Radio One Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw, here.
We have added x55 photos of Daisy attending the Star Wars: The Force Awakens London Premiere earlier this evening. We will add more HQ images later…
We also screencapped the live stream straight from Leicester Square, where she greeted fans and was interviewed along with the rest of the cast.
A nice long interview with Fanpage.it with Daisy Ridley…