DAILY MAIL – Once upon a time, Daisy Ridley spent a Christmas working at a shopping mall, playing an elf. When she was upgraded – to a Princess! – she was over the moon. So imagine what she felt when she landed one of the top roles in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.
The 23-year-old London-born actress has pulled pints in pubs, worked in retail, appeared (hanging upside down) in a short film, travelled to Australia and New Zealand, and seems (apart from the upside-down film) to have both feet firmly planted on the ground. And she’s determined that the fantasy adventure epic that opens here on December 17 won’t change things.
To that end, Daisy said she’d received some helpful advice on how to stay real from an unexpected source. Emma Watson.
The pair went for a drink and some tortillas in Covent Garden recently, and Daisy asked Emma – who was just 11 when she was hurled into the public orbit when she made the first Harry Potter film – what to expect, and how to deal with it.
‘I asked her some stuff that I hadn’t been able to ask Harrison (Ford) and Carrie (Fisher),’ Daisy told me. ‘She said: “Be yourself!”’ We were out in Covent Garden, and it was so chill — and she was so sweet!’ Daisy said, of their meeting last month.
They talked about Emma’s work on the HeForShe equality campaign. ‘She’s doing amazing things,’ Daisy said. ‘And I am not.’
Well not yet, but give it time. Daisy believes eventually she will be able use the Force of Star Wars for good and ‘be able to have a voice’ — and to lend that voice to causes involving young women and self-esteem issues. ‘That’s something I’d really like to work with,’ she says.
But first things first. ‘I just really want to be an actress, and I don’t know if that’s a bad thing — just to be an actress. I would love to be able to do so many other things as well. But I’d love to have a great career as an actress.’
Soon after she started filming the movie for director J.J. Abrams, Daisy was signed up by a major Hollywood agency and taken on by the publicist who has guided Kate Winslet’s career for several years.Continue Reading (…)
As you probably know, Daisy graces the cover of the January 2016 issue of Glamour (UK) magazine and the photoshoot is AMAZING! I have added high quality scans to the gallery (please credit us if you repost). She talks about ‘Star Wars’, her character Rey and much more in a fun interview. Make sure to check them out and to grab your own copy, out now!
Magazine Scans > 2016 > Glamour UK (January)
BBC – “I feel no pressure at all,” said John Boyega, who will be seen in the JJ Abrams-directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a stormtrooper called Finn.
“I don’t think I feel responsibility,” said Daisy Ridley, whose character Rey is the film’s female lead. “I think JJ probably feels it more.
“I just mainly want people to think I did a good job.”
Boyega and Ridley spoke to entertainment correspondent Liza Mzimba about working on one of the most anticipated films of a generation.
Lizo Mzimba: Star Wars means so much to so many people, especially those who saw the original trilogy in the ’70s and ’80s. How much responsibility do you feel?
John Boyega: I feel very responsible for my character specifically – for the things we do in the scenes, and for the collaborative energy we have. But, thankfully, we have a great studio who are overseeing the release of the movie, and we have JJ Abrams who is the perfect mix of serious director and fan boy. The responsibility’s there, but I’m not the only shoulder it leans on.
Daisy Ridley: I don’t think I feel responsibility. I hope people like it, and I hope that it exceeds their expectations. But I don’t really feel that responsibility, no; I think JJ probably feels it more. Yeah, I guess it’s daunting. But I just mainly want people to think I did a good job – that’s my priority.
LM: How ready are you for the recognition you’ll get, the media attention and the way your lives will change?
JB: You can never be ready – it’s just something that is going to happen regardless. You have to just make sure you have your family and your friends around you, to help you stay grounded.
DR: Ultimately you go home at the end of the day, and your mum’s there, your sister’s there, your dad’s there and your dog’s there, and life goes on. It’s like when you do photo shoots and stuff, it’s a glamour version of me. I know because I look at myself every day in the mirror and I know that’s not how I usually look!Continue Reading (…)
Daisy took part in a special Star Wars-themed “Would you rather?” game during her cover shoot with Glamour!