Interviews, Magazine Scans

Daisy Ridley is GLAMOUR magazine’s brand new cover star – and we think you’ll agree, she looks fierce on the front cover. The 23-year-old star of Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens up about her first day jitters, the Disney ‘machine’, and what she thinks about people getting tattoos – of her face!

Daisy on… her first-day-of-filming nerves:
“I was petrified. I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day. JJ [Abrams] … he probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden. This was my first day! And I honestly wanted to die. I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn’t breathe.”

Daisy on… the anticipation surrounding the film:
“It’s so nice that people are so excited about it. But people are getting tattoos! Of my face! Already! And I’m like; you don’t even know what Rey is in the story. It seems insane to me.”

Daisy on… the final edit, and whether she’ll watch it:
“I haven’t seen the film yet – I kinda want to, and I kinda don’t – Steven Spielberg’s seen it three times, as he told me when I met him!”

Daisy on… whether the Disney ‘machine’ have her firmly in control:
“My experience has been incredible, I’ve felt supported and respected the whole way through. I’ve not been told not to do anything. My Instagram has not been…what’s it called when they keep tabs on it? Yeah, it’s not monitored.”

Daisy, who has appeared in Mr Selfridge, Silent Witness and Casualty, plays “a scavenger in a ship graveyard” who fights off evil forces.

She’s also rumoured to be the daughter of key characters Han Solo and Princess Leia.

See the full interview in the January issue of GLAMOUR on sale from Thursday 3 December.

Appearances, Interviews, Videos

Daisy and the cast of “The Force Awakens” were on a special edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on November, 24. Here are some videos of the show:

The cast also faced off a 7-years old “Star Wars’ expert in a trivia game:

Interviews, Portraits

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Daisy Ridley and John Boyega are twins. Basically.

Both are 23, born only three weeks apart (he’s older). They are both youngest children, and both hail from the same city – although he’s from South London, she’s from West London, and they both insist those neighborhoods may as well be on different planets from each other. Both longed to act from a young age, and both ended up as the new leads of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

He plays the conscience-stricken, AWOL stormtrooper Finn, and she’s the abandoned, desert scrounger Rey. They’re both figures searching for a place to belong in the galaxy, and their mere presence in The Force Awakens – along with Guatemalan-born costar Oscar Isaac (who wasn’t available for an interview) – provides its own renewed sense of belonging in this fictional universe for fans who’ve longed to see a person of color or a woman at the fore of a Star Wars story.

“Writing this script with Larry Kasdan, I didn’t know what Rey was going to look like, I didn’t know what Finn or Poe would look like. I just knew that this movie needed to look the way the world looks,” director and co-writer J.J. Abrams tells EW.

MEET REY
Ridley is the youngest of five sisters. Her father is a photographer and her mother works in communications at a bank. Ridley has appeared on just a few British TV series in her short career, but winning the role of Rey transformed her into an instant star, especially among young women.

“What we’ve seen of Rey, she looks like she can handle her stuff,” Ridley says. “So most of the comments I get are from parents who say how wonderful it is that their little girls can see this character.”

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Interviews, Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Entertainment Weekly has released more info on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and several new photos of Daisy as Rey. (warning spoilers)

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – As part of EW’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens double-issue preview, here’s a collection of new images from the film, beginning behind the scenes with John Boyega’s Finn, Harrison Ford as Han Solo, and director J.J. Abrams. We’re going to tread lightly on spoilers, but what you’ll find ahead are more than a dozen new images from this week’s collector’s edition of the magazine.

Rey’s Speeder
“It’s a beat up tractor that’s a hand-me-down or scavenged item,” says production designer Darren Gilford. “It was meant to look like a piece of farm equipment, something that’s not going real fast compared to what a sports car would do. But it has high-end torque like a tractor that needs to haul a trailer.”

This Desert Life
It’s a lonely existence scrounging for sustenance on a junkyard planet. Rey was ditched on Jakku by her family when she was a child and has no idea why — or why they never returned. “She’s been alone for a long time,” Ridley says. “When something occurs when you’re 5, you know what went on but you don’t understand the reasoning. She’s hopeful for what lies ahead, whether that involves the past or not.” So why hasn’t abandonment made her bitter, angry, and… prone to the Dark Side? “Hope makes people good, a lot of the time,” Ridley says. “You hope for a brighter future, and resentment is outweighed.”

Cold Confrontation
Now we see there’s a third element to Finn’s snowy, woodlands duel with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren. Rey is part of the battle, too. We don’t know how she fits in (although this looks a lot like the trailer shot of her weeping over a fallen friend), but as the Darth Vader-obsessed villain ignites the unstable blade of his saber, the untrained Finn is looking pretty unsure of himself. “Obviously that makes things a bit more tricky for Finn,” Boyega says. “That’s genuine fear.”

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Interviews, Magazine Scans, Photoshoots

Another cover for miss Ridley, and this time she is ELLE magazine’s cover girl for December. What a stunning shoot! The first outtakes have been added to the gallery, scans will follow as soon as they become available.

ELLE – 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.
[T]he 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.”

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Interviews, Photoshoots, Videos

Exclusive behind the scenes chat with brand new ‘Star Wars’ babes John Boyega and Daisy Ridley.

Interviews, Photoshoots

Daisy graces the cover of the November 13th issue of The Hollywood Reporter with friend and co-star John Boyega. You can read her interview below and find the gorgeous new photoshoot in our gallery. Enjoy!

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Before landing one of the most coveted roles of the decade, Star Wars: The Force Awakens heroine Daisy Ridley had become accustomed to disappointment. In the months leading up to her first audition for Episode VII’s female lead, the 23-year-old actress’ confidence was shattered. Just one week into a gig with a small workshop, she was told not to bother coming back. And then after nabbing a lead role in the E4 series Youngers, the part was cut down to just one day of filming. “I was kind of used to things not happening, so I just felt the whole way through [the Episode VII audition process], ‘I’m going to lose the job. They’re going to find someone better than me,'” she recalls. Even her first two Star Wars auditions were underwhelming — at least from her perspective. Remarkably, Ridley kept getting called back, and something clicked in that final audition, propelling her past the horde of hopefuls. Now, she says with a degree of satisfaction, “I’ve got opportunities I didn’t have before.” That’s an understatement.

Though the CAA-repped actress is well booked with Episode VIII, which begins shooting in January in London, and then Episode IX, she will soon be familiar to a globe-spanning fan base and presumably have her pick of roles and directors. But even after seizing the role of Rey, Ridley continued to face rejection. She recounts being turned down for an unnamed film role in the past year after a sweat-induced wardrobe malfunction in front of a casting agent. “I’m sure the star they cast is much better than me,” she muses. Perhaps it’s that self-deprecating air that helped win over Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and the Lucasfilm brass. And whether her career trajectory is more Harrison Ford or Hayden Christensen, Ridley has a backup plan in play: She’s begun taking courses for a psychology degree. And of course, she’s staying put in London, where she lives with her family and her deaf and blind dog named Muffin. “I love to come to L.A. to visit, and then I like to come to rainy old London because it’s home,” she says. The Hollywood Reporter talked to Ridley about her impossible ascent from obscurity to Next Gen Hollywood force.

How did you land the part of Rey?
I had heard about the role quite a while before I auditioned, and I emailed my agent that I have this really weird feeling; I really feel like I need to audition. Then months went by and the same people were reading for it. But I still really had this feeling of needing to read for it. So I emailed my agent again for an audition. I had four or five auditions over seven months, and it was a very emotional time. My first few auditions really didn’t feel good, but my last audition suddenly felt like something clicked. You’re so desperate to get a role, but I felt like even if I didn’t get it, I did a good job, I’d done myself proud.

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Interviews, Videos

Interviews, Videos

Behind the scenes video of Daisy during a photoshoot for The Hollywood Reporter. She talks about ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ and her character Rey. She looks absolutely stunning!

Interviews

Peter Mayhew, who plays the famous Chewbacca in ‘Star Wars’, shared some words on the lovely Daisy during an interview:

BMAG – “Daisy… was a little bit solid. More like Natalie [Portman] on the other movies [the prequels]. But I think, once she gets to see everything going on, she’s going to enjoy it, because it’s going to relax her. She’s going to be one hell of an actress. She will tell you, she will say, ‘I never thought we could do this, but now I see it’.

“When we were at Star Wars Celebration, she was completely different to how she was on set… I think she got taken aside by her agent and told not to be too stiff. So we watched her blossom, from a quiet young lady, into the girl who was there at Star Wars Celebration. She had blossomed; she was beautiful and full of personality. I think she’s got a lot of personality still to come out, and if the right movies come along, she will do very, very well.”