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E! ONLINE – Who knew Daisy Ridley wanted a singing career?

The 23-year-old Star Wars: The Force Awakens star apparently has quite the pipes.

“One day on set, she just started singing and had the most beautiful voice I ever heard,” Star Wars director J.J. Abrams said last night at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance’s Oscar Wilde Awards, where Ridley was among this year’s honorees.

Just the other day, Ridley told Abrams, “On Saturday, this weekend, she is going to record a song with an unnamed person, but let’s just say a massive superstar.”

What a tease!

Ridley showed off her voice when she and her Star Wars co-star Oscar Isaac sang a duet of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” while promoting their movie during a Twitter chat in December.

Ridley will then present at the Oscars on Sunday before going back to the U.K. to star as Rey again in Star Wars: Episode VIII. “The other day she looked at me and said in the sweetest Daisy-est way, ‘What is my life?'” Abrams said, continuing, “Daisy’s life is a bit like Rey’s—she’s on a crazy adventure and it’s just beginning.”

Ridley didn’t mention her singing aspirations last night, but did marvel at how much her life has changed since being cast by Abrams in the what has become the biggest box office hit in Hollywood history.

“I can never thank you enough for your faith, your patience, your kindness and your guidance throughout this crazy incredible thing,” she said to Abrams.

Also honored last night the event, which took place at Abrams’ Bad Robot offices in Santa Monica, were James Corden, Snow Patrol, Room director Lenny Abrahamson and Penny Dreadful actress Sarah Greene.

IRISH EXAMINER – Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has seen a lot of changes in her life since she was rocketed to fame in The Force Awakens.

Daisy, who plays Rey in the series, will soon serve as a presenter at the Oscars but said she has received helpful advice on staying grounded from Simon Pegg.

Speaking at the US-Ireland Alliance Oscar Wilde Awards, she said: “Since the film came out it feels like I haven’t had time so it’s just another thing to add to the roly-poly weirdness. The hindsight is going to be more clear than it is right now.”

Addressing how her life has changed since the blockbuster was released, she added: “It’s different now because people have seen me in a film but people don’t tend to recognise me that much because I don’t tend to look like this and I’m filming a film which is what I was doing before anyway, everyone really freaked me out but really it’s fine.

Simon Pegg said, in the wise words of Han Solo, “here’s where the fun begins” and he just said “enjoy it”, it’s nice because even the days when people recognise you it’s for a good reason.

Daisy is currently filming the eighth film in the series, which is being directed by Rian Johnson.

Comparing Rian to The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams, Daisy said: “It doesn’t feel that different, they are both Star Wars fans and kind of nerds and both warm and funny.

“They are obviously different in their whole lives but both really kind and you see that in the crew and once again I feel very warm and welcomed into a crew.”

VARIETY – Six previous Oscar winners are among the 17 presenters announced Friday by Oscarcast producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin.

The winners who will present at the Feb. 28 Academy Awards are Patricia Arquette, Cate Blanchett, Common, Russell Crowe, Louis Gossett Jr. and Eddie Redmayne.

Also on board are Abraham Attah, Emily Blunt, Louis C.K., Chris Evans, Jennifer Garner, Michael B. Jordan, Rachel McAdams, Dev Patel, Daisy Ridley, Sarah Silverman and Sofia Vergara.

“Through their work, these artists have shown us the unique, transformative power of cinema,” said Hill and Hudlin in a statement. “We are delighted they will be joining us on the Oscars stage this year.”

The 88th Oscars, hosted by Chris Rock, will air live on ABC.

This is the third announcement of presenters. The first group was unveiled Jan. 28. The second group, announced Feb. 1, includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon.