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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Photoshoots, Videos

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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.”

Appearances

DEADLINE – Not long from now, in a studio not far, far away… Jimmy Kimmel will do a special dedicated to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney-owned ABC said today that Jimmy Kimmel Live! will focus its November 23 show on the upcoming Disney movie, and welcome director J.J. Abrams and stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and John Boyega. No mention of that “other” trio from the original trilogy who are returning for this seventh flick in the Star Wars universe. In anticipation of the film and the JKL special Kimmel and his co-horts sported Star Wars costumes for Halloween. Bummer if someone actually was relegated to carbon-frozen Han Solo duty.

Expect the movie’s marketing attack to hit full Force in the weeks leading up the film’s December 18 launch. The final trailer that launched last week was consumed in light speed, scoring 112 million views in its first 24 hours. Meanwhile, advance ticket sales are exploding like Alderaan, with online vendors reporting record-shattering business after an October 19 start that was so huge it clogged many sites. For those of you who can’t wait for the movie, now’s a good time to stock up on the merch — including mascara, dog collars, cat toys and a Millennium Falcon children’s bed for a cool 4,000 Galactic credits.

Interviews, Photoshoots

INTERVIEW – Making it and breaking it in Hollywood sometimes boils down to the next audition, the next fortuitous meeting, the next tape. A couple of years ago, Daisy Ridley was just one young actress making the rounds, paying her rent with wages made at a London pub, but then the magic happened. The west London native, youngest of five sisters, had recently wrapped a string of British TV roles when she got the chance to audition for a little sci-fi picture set in a galaxy far, far away.

From the moment news of her casting in J.J. Abrams’s Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens hit last year, the then-unknown became an object of fan obsession. And, despite the deep secrecy with which the re-ignition of George Lucas’s great saga has been treated, one gets the sense that Ridley is on the verge. What the world has seen so far of the 23-year-old, most of it in character, as Rey, a tanned warrior outfitted in desert garb, is just the beginning of the life-altering rise for the young actress.

But despite the action figures already being made in her likeness and the merchandise that promises to make her a household name, Ridley seems devoted to keeping her cool. As she tells her Force Awakens co-star, Princess Leia herself, Carrie Fisher, Ridley doesn’t know exactly what’s to come, but she’s ready.

CARRIE FISHER: We finally made it into interview mode, our destiny. Where are you?
DAISY RIDLEY: I’m in the car. I just got back from the airport in Berlin.

FISHER: Why were you in Berlin?
RIDLEY: I was doing press there, meeting all the lovely Germans.

FISHER: Are they embarrassed with the whole thing with Volkswagen? They have to recall, like, 200 million of them.
RIDLEY: I didn’t ask them about their Volkswagens. [laughs]

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I’ve added a picture of Daisy with her character’s stamp from the Royal Mail’s new ‘Star Wars’ collection. The stamps are available here.

Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Videos

Movies, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Videos