Interviews, Magazine Scans, Photoshoots, Videos

Daisy graces the cover of Vogue magazine, November 2017. The first outtakes have been added to the gallery and you can read her interview and watch Daisy answers to 73 questions below! Make sure to keep an eye on the site for the scans.

VOGUE “They’re really heavy,” Daisy Ridley says. “Three, four, five kilos? And the weight’s very unevenly distributed.” She’s talking about lightsabers—and explaining that if you’re actually in a Star Wars movie, you can’t just pick one up and wave it around, as children have been doing in their bedrooms for the past 40 years. Not at all. In real life—or rather, for real movies—special conditioning is in order. Before she could film fight scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi—the second in the trilogy in which she plays Rey, the heroine—she undertook a kind of neon martial-arts training. “You do, like, eight thwacks one way, eight the other, eight up, eight down,” she says. I suggest they could market that as a form of exercise. “Yeah,” she agrees, laughing: “Lightsaber school.”

We are driving from Ridley’s hotel in Beverly Hills to a convention center in Anaheim, where 7,000 Disney fans will turn up to see her stand on a stage for a few minutes with the cast of The Last Jedi. She has been groomed for the occasion—three braids on one side of her head, revealing the tiny peace-sign tattoo behind her right ear, a Lela Rose off-the-shoulder pantsuit, and Pierre Hardy pumps embellished with eyes. Ridley, a 25-year-old Londoner, is plainspoken and fast-­moving, with a wide face and eyelids that look as though they’ve been painted onto it with a brush. (“People really open up to me; it’s hilarious,” she tells me. “Someone said it’s because I have a big face—I look honest.”) In the classic mode of contemporary London, expletives punctuate her speech. She occasionally phrases things musically, as if improvising a show tune, yet there’s something about her that suggests she’s allergic to nonsense.

When we meet, Ridley has been seen by the general public in only one film. But because that film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she has been thrust into a limelight comparable only, perhaps, to the attention directed at Harry Potter upon his arrival at Hogwarts. “Understand the scale,” the film’s director, J. J. Abrams, told her when he offered her the part. “This is not a role in a movie. This is a religion for people. It changes things on a level that is inconceivable.” Ridley nodded enthusiastically, but she really had no idea. “You don’t know what you’re getting into,” she tells me more than three years later, still sounding stunned.

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Movies, Photoshoots, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Videos

After weeks since the trailer, it is time for Vanity Fair to share with the fans new pictures from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, with four covers for their Summer issue and an exclusive photoshoot. You can already check our gallery to see Daisy as Rey (with co-stars Mark Hamill and Chewie) but also take a look at the behind the scenes video below and make sure to read the cover story. We will add the scans as soon as they become available!

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Interviews, Photoshoots

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.”

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Appearances, Photoshoots

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.

Photoshoots

Here is a new photoshoot of Daisy for Zeit magazine. So pretty!

Photoshoots

Daisy posed with a mini BB-8 for BuzzFeed. Three pictures have been added to the gallery.

Photoshoots

I have updated the gallery with a high quality version of the Vogue’s photoshoot featuring Daisy and John Boyega.

Photoshoots

Outtakes from Daisy’s photoshoot for Sunday Times Style magazine have been added. You can also check the scans here.

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Photoshoots

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!

Interviews, Photoshoots

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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