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!

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PEOPLE – Lucky for the galaxy, Daisy Ridley did not give in to her fear playing new hero Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fear, of course, is the path to the Dark Side.

“Because I hadn’t made a film before, the whole thing was scary,” Ridley says in PEOPLE’s Star Wars special issue. “I had to get over the overwhelming fear of it. That was the hardest thing.”

After all, the 23-year-old British actress went from a 15-second character in one episode of a little-seen PBS TV show, Mr. Selfridge, to a central character in the globally anticipated Star Wars sequel.

Ridley has since been prominent in The Force Awakens trailers, TV spots, posters, toys and more. Fan speculation is rampant that her character, whom Ridley has described as “solitary” but “not a princess,” is connected to the Skywalker family tree. The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams has deliberately kept Rey’s full name secret until the movie’s Dec. 18 premiere.

What is known, as reported by Entertainment Weekly, is that Rey was abandoned by her family on the junkyard planet Jakku when she was only 5 years old. That’s of course much different from Ridley’s childhood.

“I actually wanted to be a zookeeper when I was 5,” she says. “I was somewhat naughty as a child. My parents found a performing-arts school, and it kept me really busy. I loved the drama classes.”

Ridley will become a galactic star when the movie premieres on Dec. 18, and she’s not afraid of that or what comes next. “I don’t have a dream role after this,” she says. “I’m just going to plod through life and see what comes my way.”

See exclusive photos, get a first look at new characters and learn more secrets from the cast and crew of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in PEOPLE’s Star Wars collector’s edition, on newsstands Dec. 9.