MTV – When the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story dropped earlier this week, it inspired a slew of new fan theories, but the one that’s garnered the most attention is the connection between Felicity Jones’s Jyn Erso and Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Does the key to Rey’s parentage lie in rebel fighter Jyn? Or are they just two strong women who coincidentally share the same color hair?

According to Ridley, rumors of Jyn and Rey’s familial connection have been greatly exaggerated. “I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom,” Ridley told MTV’s Josh Horowitz backstage at the MTV Movie Awards.

And besides, Ridley already knows who Rey’s parents are — and she doesn’t think it’s that big of a deal. “I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place,” Ridley, who’s currently filming Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII, said. “So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is.”

It’s unclear if Episode VIII will delve into Rey’s backstory, but we do know the film will pick up right where The Force Awakens left off: with Rey handing over Luke’s lightsaber to the fallen Jedi on that island on Ahch-To. Ridley describes the film as “darker” than Episode VII, and when asked about Rey’s future as a Jedi, she gave this very intriguing response: “I don’t know if I am a Jedi… I don’t think I am.”

“We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers,” she continued. “Just because she’s not like, oh I’m going on an adventure like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.”

It’s official: 2017 has never seemed further away.

MTV – Nearly four decades after the world was introduced to Luke Skywalker, savior of the galaxy, a new Jedi awakened — and young girls finally got the hero they’ve been looking for in Rey, a lightsaber-swinging badass from Jakku.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens shattered box office records, but perhaps its greatest contribution to pop culture was giving young people a hero they could root for, and emulate, in Daisy Ridley’s Rey. Ridley is effervescent in Star Wars, whether the scenes call for action, comedy, or more emotional weight. Needless to say, Ridley’s Breakthrough Performance win at this year’s MTV Movie Awards seemed fated in a galaxy far, far away.

Ridley accepted her Golden Popcorn true to fashion: that is, adorably. “It feels especially amazing to be part of a film that represents all genders, all races, and all ages in a positive way,” she said, all smiles and positivity and sunshine. The Force is indeed strong in this one.


It’s been the dawn of a new age of women in the Star Wars film franchise, thanks to Lucasfilm President, Kathleen Kennedy, who championed the addition of more female characters in the newest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And not just random, female roles—but strong roles of substance.

We sat with two of the strong lead females from the record-breaking blockbuster, The Force Awakens—the heroine: “Rey” (Daisy Ridley) and the villain: “Captain Phasma” (Gwendoline Christie).

Daisy Ridley – born the youngest of five daughters to Louise Fawkner-Corbett and Chris Ridley of London, England, hit Hollywood with a bang in her powerful lead role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But this talented actress is no stranger to the fine arts, whose great-uncle was Arnold Ridley: actor, playwright, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), and who was best known for authoring the play, The Ghost Train, as well as his role in the popular seventies WWII British television sitcom, “Dad’s Army”. Initially sent by her parents to Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in response to the preteen’s somewhat naughty behavior in primary school, the young budding performer would become a triple-threat as an actress, dancer and mezzo-soprano with a strength in jazz and cabaret-style singing. And the new Star Wars’ sensation must have some pipes—hitting social media last month, saying that she had recorded a duet with none other than the legendary singer, Barbra Streisand, posting a photo on Instagram of the two of them together, teasing “…more details to come.” Director J.J. Abrams has stated his love for Ridley’s singing voice—so who knows what he has up his sleeve?

What we do know is that Ridley turns 24 with her birthday this month, (April 10) and that we will enjoy much more from the talented actress, as she is slated to reprise her role in the next of the franchise’s sequels. She took out a moment from the media storm to share her excitement in taking on the heroic character and to tell some stories about how incredible it was to work with legendary actors, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.


STRIPLV: Did you enjoy playing such a strong, heroic character, and if so, why?
RIDLEY: I did, but I also enjoyed that she’s not just those things. Rey is kind of a simple, young woman, and she kind of just gets swept onto this incredible journey. So to play a role that was so nuanced, and an incredibly emotional role, was thrilling, because it wasn’t what I expected. I don’t think it is going to be what people expect. And that is incredibly exciting.

STRIPLV: What do you want girls to take away from the movie?
RIDLEY: I would love firstly, girls to enjoy it as a whole, and secondly, from Rey, I hope they feel uplifted and hopeful, and perhaps see themselves in her, somewhere, and feel joyful.

STRIPLV: What does it feel like to be a star in a movie franchise that has such a following? And do you feel a responsibility to the fans?
RIDLEY: I think [director] J.J. [Abrams] and [producer] Kathy [Kennedy] probably feel more of a responsibility than I do (smiles) because I’m just saying the words—trying to do a good job. But of course, we all hope that everyone is going to enjoy it, but there are a lot of people to please. There are the old fans who have certain expectations, and there are new fans who will hopefully come on board, who perhaps haven’t been so immersed in Star Wars before. And I think with J.J. at the helm, and Larry writing the story they have, combining the old and the new so brilliantly, I think it will appeal to many, many people.

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MASHABLE – In honor of the DVD release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the galaxy’s most famous scavenger, Rey — a.k.a. actress Daisy Ridley — answered fan questions on Facebook about her experience with the film and how it changed her life.

Here’s the best stuff we learned:

This is her favorite thing about Rey
“I like best that Rey is very hopeful,” Ridley said. “Even though she’s been alone for such a long time, and even though the journey is quite difficult, she just keeps going, and she’s just trying to do the right thing.

And it’s funny because when people talk about her being a hero and everything, in my mind that’s never what she was, because she’s just trying to carry on and help the people around her.”

Who was the biggest troublemaker on set?
The Star Wars team was a big, loving family. And though they didn’t lean toward playing pranks, there was still someone there causing a stir: Gary Fisher, a.k.a. Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog.

“Always around, getting in people’s way, causing a ruckus,” Ridley said. “Adam Driver jumps out at people and shouts things; that’s terrifying. But pranks…no, just fun.”

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GAMESPOT – Appearing today on a Facebook livestream, Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley, who played Rey in The Force Awakens, was asked to compare her experiences filming the 2015 blockbuster and the currently-in-production Episode VIII. The actress said they are two different animals–for a number of reasons. She also mentions she’s not sure just yet if she’ll even be in Episode IX.

“They are two very different things,” she said. “Episode VII was like the beginning of the whole thing, and it was terrifying and incredibly rewarding, and I felt like I pushed myself beyond boundaries I thought I had. And now [on Episode VIII], I feel more together and I feel more present.”

Given the strong reaction to Rey, Ridley says she now sees herself as the “custodian” of the character.

“Now [on Episode VIII], I look at things and think, ‘How are people going to react to that’ because of the way that people have responded to Rey. [Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher] calls herself the custodian of Leia. And now I feel like the custodian of Rey.

“I understand what people loved in Episode VII and so I feel like I’m carrying that responsibility with me, which is nice because I feel like I’m more part of it.”

Overall, Ridley said she couldn’t say which movie, Episode VII or Episode VIII, she’s enjoyed making more. Instead, she sees the overall new trilogy–spanning Episodes VII through IX, as an “incredible journey.” Also, interestingly, she said she’s not completely sure that she will be in Episode IX.

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