DAILY NEWS – As long as the Force is with her, Daisy Ridley is going to wield her celebrity like a lightsaber.
The British actress downplays her position as a role model for tween and teen girls after having been launched into a whole new stratosphere of stardom as Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” But when she receives photos of girls (and the occasional boy) showing their love by dressing up like her character, the adulation proves harder to ignore.
“J.J. Abrams emailed me a couple days ago and said he just met a guy who named his daughter Rey,” Ridley told the Daily News. “That was a big moment for me.”
That hero worship should be directed elsewhere, she insists, towards someone like 15-year-old Aisholpan, the subject of the brand new documentary, “The Eagle Huntress,” that Ridley narrated and co-produced after viewing footage from director Otto Bell.
Two years ago, the Mongolian teen became the first female eagle hunter in the history of the mountain region where her family has practiced the craft for 12 generations.
Aisholpan proved that a girl who scaled the side of a cliff to capture an eaglet could also withstand the prejudice of elders who crow that hunting with eagles is only for men. She even won Mongolia’s prestigious eagle festival … on her first try.
“She’s far more bad-ass than Rey,” Ridley told the Daily News. “She’s actually living this life, whereas I was living a fake life.”Continue Reading (…)
Earlier this month, Daisy attended several events in Japan to promote ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’. We added one photoshoot and one picture from the press junket.
Here is a new photoshoot of Daisy for Zeit magazine. So pretty!
Daisy posed with a mini BB-8 for BuzzFeed. Three pictures have been added to the gallery.
I have updated the gallery with a high quality version of the Vogue’s photoshoot featuring Daisy and John Boyega.
Outtakes from Daisy’s photoshoot for Sunday Times Style magazine have been added. You can also check the scans here.
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Here’s a new photoshoot, now added to the gallery. Daisy will feature in the n°3473 of Paris Match magazine. We will add scans as soon as possible!
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.”Continue Reading (…)
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 (…)
To celebrate ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’, Time magazine photographed the cast and director JJ Abrams for the latest issue with R2D2 and BB-8 on the cover. You can watch below the behind the scenes video from the photoshoot and you will find in our gallery one beautiful picture Daisy in high quality. Enjoy!
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