Interviews

USA TODAY – Daisy Ridley can’t escape her Star Wars fame, even as a mysterious murder suspect riding the opulent 1930’s train in Murder on the Orient Express.

While filming Murder (in theaters now), director Kenneth Branagh offered to let Ridley use a lightsaber in a key scene (she declined) and co-star Josh Gad peppered her with Star Wars questions offset on video, even pulling in Judi Dench for one Force interrogation.

We, too, had a few queries as Ridley gets set to ride as Rey again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi (opening Dec. 15). Here’s what we learned.

Ridley is so pro-porgs (Rey not so much).

The free world fell in love when the chubby porgs creatures made a screaming debut in The Last Jedi trailer last month. It hit Ridley, too. She lists a porgs toy as one of her prized possessions.

“It’s bringing a lot of pleasure right now,” says Ridley, calling the character “adorable” and “hilarious.”

The love affair started on set with the goofy looking puppet, operated by the same crew who handle droid BB-8. “It’s wonderful to be working around practical things on set that have such personality,” says Ridley,

But Rey won’t fall for the creature’s charms. “Rey, honestly, is too wrapped up in her own journey to pay attention to porgs,” says Ridley. “Which is a sad thing.”

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INQUIRER – Daisy Ridley, film’s woman du jour, walked into a meeting room at Claridge’s Hotel London in a white Self-Portrait dress and Louboutins. The English actress has stayed the same amid her success—easygoing and down-to-earth.

Daisy not only has the plum Rey role in the “Star Wars” sequel trilogy. She plays Miss Mary Debenham in “Murder on the Orient Express,” the latest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s classic whodunit aboard a lavish train. Kenneth Branagh, whom Daisy calls Ken, directs and stars as the famed Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, with an all-star cast: Johnny Depp, Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, Michelle Pfeiffer, Willem Dafoe and Josh Gad.

The Westminster, London native also stars in the title role, “Ophelia,” described as a take on Hamlet from Ophelia’s perspective; “Chaos Walking”; “A Woman of No Importance”; “Kolma”; and “Peter Rabbit,” where she’s one of the voice cast. With these projects, it was not a surprise to hear Daisy say that she really hasn’t been home since March.

Excerpts from our chat:

You are in a whole different wardrobe scenario from “Star Wars.” Do your costumes for this film feel more make-believe?
Putting the costume on felt like putting on a character, which was helpful because it felt like make-believe, too. So much of it is everyone’s toying with the truth anyway, if that makes sense.

And does it feel more glamorous, though?
Yeah, and elegant. I had to wear a little waspie (waist cincher or belt), which made my posture great, so I felt like a lady.

Your character is one of the most mysterious. Would you consider yourself mysterious?
No (laughter). I think I’m the most transparent, un-mysterious person ever.

Are you good at keeping secrets?
I’m seriously awful at keeping my own secrets. When it’s someone else’s, I’m fine because it’s not my secret to tell. That’s why weirdly, I don’t find it a problem with this film and with “Star Wars,” because they’re not my secrets. It’s like 2,000 people made this film. It’s fun for people not to know. It’s unusual, and this is different because a lot of people know the ending, but it’s like we know so much now.

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Movies, Super-Normal

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Netflix has picked up Super-Normal, the hot superhero package that has Josh Gad, Daisy Ridley and Luke Evans attached to star.

Gad is producing the project with Dan Lin, who produced Death Note for Netflix and is known for the Lego movies. Jonathan Eirich of Lin Pictures is also producing. Brothers Aaron and Jordan Kandell, who worked on Disney’s Moana, are writing the script.

Gad took on a superheroic role for the project as well, originating the idea, then developing it with the Kandells. He then roped in his friends Ridley, with whom he stars in Murder on the Orient Express, and Evans, his cohort from the billion-dollar-grossing live-action Beauty and the Beast.

Evans was in the room with Gad for the pitch meetings and will executive produce.

Super-Normal is intended to be a character-driven, subversive take on a genre that Hollywood and the rest of the world loves too much. The package hit the town late last month, generating instant interest and a bid from Disney, among other studios.

Magazine Scans

Daisy looks stunning on the cover of ELLE UK magazine. I’ve updated the gallery with digital scans from the December issue. This photoshoot is by far my favorite of 2017 but we can only hope for more outtakes and covers before the end of the year. Enjoy!

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Interviews, Magazine Scans, Photoshoots

Daisy is ELLE UK’s cover girl for December in a new festive and elegant photoshoot. We’ve added the cover and high quality outtakes in our gallery. And while we wait for the scans to be added as well, you can read an excerpt of her interview below!

ELLE UK – The British actress is returning as Rey in the next instalment of Star Wars. Starring on the cover of ELLE UK, Ridley addresses filming with Harrison Ford and John Boyega, advice from Carrie Fisher, dealing with the pressure of the role, and meeting Barbara Streisand.

On How Harrison Ford Reminds Her Of Her Dad
‘They both have an earring and are f**king awesome.’

On How The Late Carrie Fisher Advised Her To Not Shrink Away From Success, But To Enjoy It
‘And that was wonderful. At work, you’re normal, you’re not the anomaly, unlike in other situations.’

On Finding Filming For The Last Jedi To Be Much More Pressure Than The first Star Wars Movie
‘I didn’t think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that.’

On Dealing With The Medical Condition Endometriosis
‘I was in my flat going nuts, and then my skin got really bad in the stress of it all, and I hadn’t been well – I had holes in my gut wall and stuff – and we were trying to figure out what to do with that because I’d felt poorly.’

On How Having Fewer Scenes With Co-Star John Boyega In The Second Star Wars Briefly Stressed Her Out
‘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.”

On Meeting Barbara Streisand And Featuring In Her 2016 Album ‘Encore’
‘I went to her house and we talked about [psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl] Jung because my dad loves Jung, and we were talking about dreams, and I left and got super emotional, not because she’s famous, but because she’s amazing. Part of her reputation comes from being a woman. If it was a man being ‘controlling’ about his career, people would just say he knows what he wants.’

Read the full interview in the December issue of ELLE UK, on sale 14 November.

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Press Conferences

On November 3, Daisy joined some of her co-stars to attend a press conference for ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ in London. High quality pictures have been now added to the gallery, make sure to check them out!

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – In Murder on the Orient Express (out Nov. 10), Kenneth Branagh’s brilliant detective Hercule Poirot is obsessed with finding who among the passengers on the titular train has committed a murder. But away from the U.K. set, a number of cast members became obsessed with their own whodunnit — or whoisit — as they gathered weekly to compete in a certain game. Below, Penélope Cruz, Leslie Odom Jr., Josh Gad, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Daisy Ridley recall playing Werewolf in London.

PENÉLOPE CRUZ: Who told you? [Laughs]

LESLIE ODOM JR.: We played Werewolf every single Friday night.

JOSH GAD: Penélope Cruz and her lovely husband Javier Bardem came to set one day and they said, “You have to play the game called The Werewolves.” And I said, “It sounds very kinky, what is this?” And she went on to explain that it’s essentially a murder-mystery game. I was like, “Oh, how appropriate for what we’re doing.”

CRUZ: I have a group of people that I play with in L.A. and one in Madrid.

GAD: Basically, a bunch of people sit around in a circle, and two of those people are werewolves, and one by one they’re killing off the villagers, and it is up to the village to figure out who it is that’s masquerading as one of them, and ultimately kill them before they wind up killing everybody else.

DAISY RIDLEY: It’s a version of Mafia. Essentially, it’s kind of like a whodunnit in itself. It’s weirdly, insanely, addictive and hours seem to just pass you by when you’re doing it. We used to just get together every weekend, and eat, and drink, and play Werewolves.

ODOM JR.: It was me, Josh, Daisy, Tom, Marwan [Kenzari]. Penélope came every week, Willem came every week, we got Michelle.

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Movies, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Videos

Interviews, Photoshoots

Daisy graces the cover of V Magazine for the Winter issue (on newsstands November 9). She talks with her ‘Star Wars’ co-star Adam Driver about ‘The Last Jedi’ (obviously), ‘Chaos Walking’ and much more. Check below to read the interview and the gallery for high quality outtakes! We’ll add the scans as soon as they become available, stay tuned.

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V MAGAZINE“I had no sense of what I was getting into. No sense of what was really going to happen,” confesses Daisy Ridley of her first-ever role as Rey in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Currently, Ridley is on location in a remote forest a few hours outside of Montreal for Chaos Walking, a 2019 sci-fi release costarring Tom Holland. But it’s this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the follow-up to The Force Awakens, that is shining a blinding light-saber-tinged spotlight on Ridley. The Force Awakens was the first movie since 1997’s Titanic to sell more than 100 million tickets in the U.S. It isn’t typical for a young actress’s breakthrough film to have the biggest domestic opening weekend in history, raking in $238 million, but Ridley isn’t all that typical herself. As the face of the nearly $10 billion franchise, Ridley has ushered in a new era of Star Wars. Following Carrie Fisher’s untimely passing last year, Ridley’s character, a fiercely independent heroine, serves as a particularly strong female voice in a galaxy far, far away. However, a far- flung galaxy isn’t Ridley’s only on-screen locale this season. In November, Ridley appears opposite Johnny Depp and an all-star cast in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder on the Orient Express. The suspenseful tale follows 13 passengers, played by the likes of Penélope Cruz, Judi Dench, and Willem Dafoe, stranded on an opulent passenger train with a murderer on the loose. Aside from blockbuster films, Ridley also produced and narrated the documentary The Eagle Huntress, which follows a teenage girl in the mountains of Mongolia as she becomes the first female eagle huntress in the sport’s 2,000-year history. Ahead of The Last Jedi’s release, Ridley catches up with her Star Wars costar (and “bestie”), Adam Driver.

Daisy Ridley Hey Adam, it’s been so long.

Adam Driver Hey Daisy, how are you? When is the last time that I saw you?

DR Well, I don’t know because you don’t come to all the fun things that I go to. [laughs] Last July? It’s been like a year!

AD Oh, yeah, I guess. I’m much taller now.

DR How has your life changed? [laughs]

AD Oh, just in little ways. So, where are you now?

DR I’m in Canada, two hours outside of Montreal in these creepy woods. We feel like we’re going to be killed at any moment in this cabin. We’re shooting a film, Chaos Walking, with Doug Liman, Tom Holland, and Demián Bichir. It’s fucking cool.

AD Did you guys have time to meet each other before? Or did you just kind of jump right in?

DR I had met Tom Holland twice very briefly—for, like, 30 seconds—and I had met Doug Liman once and we spoke a bit, but it was very much feet first, it was super quick.

AD So, is it hard for you to meet people and just kind of go? Or do you prefer it?

DR [laughs] I mean, as we discovered, Adam, we became besties last year, but we had met some years before. It really takes me a while to relax with people. I don’t think I’m very good at meeting people: I feel awfully uncomfortable. So, I find meeting people very stressful. But it gets easier, and I think I’m getting better at being okay with that, you know?

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