Here’s a new interview with Daisy for her latest film, the highly-anticipated ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.

CHICAGO TRIBUNE – Daisy Ridley may not be as brave as her character in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but she’s close.

In her first-ever film role, the 23-year-old British-born actress plays Rey, a pilot and scavenger at the center of the action in the hugely anticipated “Episode VII.”

The hardest thing about the job, Ridley said, was overcoming her own fears.

“It’s one thing for other people to see potential in you and it’s quite another for you to understand that and see it in yourself,” she said. “So of course everyone else being wonderful helps, but there’s a certain level of growth and stuff you have to do as a person… It’s just like life times a million.”

Right now, that life is a sniffley one that includes lots of airplanes and interviews. The film’s nonstop promotional schedule has left Ridley with a cold that has her wrapped in a winter coat on a recent warm Southern California day. But even illness doesn’t weaken her resolve when it comes to keeping the film’s hotly guarded secrets.

Though co-star Harrison Ford has said Rey wields a lightsaber in the film, Ridley deflected the question when asked directly.

“Finn and Kylo have a fight with a lightsaber,” is all she would say, referring to co-stars John Boyega and Adam Driver, whose tussle has already been shown in the film’s trailers.

The actress did undergo months of physical training to prepare for her role, a regimen that included weightlifting, climbing and “staff training” — footage shows Rey running and fighting with a staff. How much different could a lightsaber be?

“I had to look like I could look after myself in the desert and drag and scavenging things across sand,” she said.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES – When “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” opens on Dec. 18 and, for the first time in nearly a decade, moviegoers can return to that galaxy of long ago and far, far away, they will find that it contains two new stars. The film, which is directed by J. J. Abrams and continues the interstellar saga of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo some 30 years after the events of “Return of the Jedi” (1983), is also a launching pad for two young actors who are barely half as old as the “Star Wars” franchise itself.

Daisy Ridley, who plays a mysterious scavenger named Rey, and John Boyega, who plays a disaffected stormtrooper named Finn, are among the new heroes of “The Force Awakens” and are bracing themselves for the biggest roles of their careers. Both are 23 and from London, with little previous screen exposure: The confident, jocular Mr. Boyega starred in the 2011 sci-fi action-comedy “Attack the Block,” while Ms. Ridley, poised and self-deprecating, has played small roles on series like “Mr. Selfridge.”

Now, in these excerpts from recent interviews at a Midtown hotel restaurant, they discuss how they are getting ready for worldwide visibility and making their marks on a multibillion-dollar franchise that until now has not had much use for nonwhite, nonmale leads. May the Force be with them.

Are you enjoying the final days of your anonymity?
Definitely. I’m walking around and thinking, “I’m going to enjoy this while I can.” This guy recognized me and I was chatting away to him for ages. It probably got to a point where he was like: “All right. I’m done. I just wanted a picture.”

Did you always aspire to be a film and theater actress?
That’s exactly what I want to do, to be able to mix the two. But the thought of going onstage makes me feel sick.

But you’ve done stage work?
I mean, at school. To say “stage work” is a stretch. I get really bad stage fright. I remember the first time I went in for fittings, J. J. was like, “Are you always this quiet?” And I was like, [mousy voice] “No.” Looking back, everyone’s like: “Yeah, you were petrified. And now you’re not.”

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Daisy was on “Live! with Kelly and Michael” this morning and here’s her interview, she talks about The Force Awakens, her character, fame and much more.

Daisy and her co-stars attended a global press conference for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ during Star Wars Event on December 6, 2015 in Los Angeles.

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