Daisy Ridley to play Rey in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
(Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Daisy Ridley went from obscurity to international fame as J. J. Abrams picked her to play the central character of the new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, Rey, that quickly became a favourite with the fans and an inspiration for young girls all over the world.
The 25-year-old British actress returns to the “Star Wars” fold “in The Last of the Jedi,” out Friday. The film, the second in a planned trilogy, picks up just as Rey finds Luke Skywalker on that lush cliff.
Ridley told The Associated Press recently about the play of Rey and on board with director Rian Johnson’s vision for the latest installment.
AP: Do you feel that you had more of a handle on this, having done it once?
RIDLEY: It is difficult, you would think going in the second would be like, ‘Oh yes I’ve got this.’ No. No. it was very much on the new scene partner, new story, new. … It was just a feeling. New director. New writer. It was a lot of wrap my head around. And then things settle down as they always do, and you think, ‘This is OK.”
AP: Rian Johnson not only wrote but directed “The Last Jedi.” How did that change things for you?
RIDLEY, John Boyega) and I had a lunch appointment with him in August or September, when he was close to at least completing the story and then we could question him. That is the beauty of working with a writer/director. You can question things directly, and things can happen very directly. But also hilarious because of Rian, I don’t think change. I was going, “Uh, I’m not sure.” But he did nothing would change, because he has not needed. It just took us all a second to be like, “OK, this is where the story is going.”
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AP: At the end of “The Force Awakens, the” Rey has lost her mentor/father figure, Han Solo, are separated from her friend Finn and it is on this new journey to find Luke. What is going through her head?
RIDLEY: I don’t think they know what goes through her mind. She’s been sent to do this thing and it goes further than anything she’s known. Everything is her trying to do the right thing and her trying to help other people and she is not really stopped for a second. Even do, I didn’t know. I tried to play hope and the search for an answer. But hilarious, the first time around, I didn’t know where that was going to go. Something that Rey is trying to catch up on the audience is trying to catch up with her. Why is she there? What is the Force? What is this thing? And the larger questions of the world of good and evil and why people do the things they do.
AP: There were some funny photos of you and Mark Hamill on the set and him riding on your back, as Yoda once done for him. How was it to work with him?
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“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” starring Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, who is reprising the iconic role of Luke Skywalker in the original ‘Star Wars’ – trilogy.
(Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP)
RIDLEY: He is goofy. It was reassuring to work with John because we were good friends and it was reassuring to work with Harrison (Ford), because he reminds me of my father. And with Mark, his daughter is my age, so is there again, and I don’t know, maybe it is an older actor thing of only a comfort. He makes everyone on set feel really happy and included. I think Mark and Harrison and Carrie (Fisher) do very well is make everyone feel that they are part of.
AP: Has anything surprised you about the reception to Rey?
RIDLEY: What I actually think is quite funny is that a lot of people go, “Rey de Snoke,” or, “Rey is something else.” Let her hair! No, she is not someone else’s, she is just her. No, she doesn’t have to be like Luke, she does not need to be like Leia, she just does her own thing. I don’t think I would have said about one of the male characters.
AP: What do you think of J. J. Abrams coming back to direct Episode IX?
RIDLEY: I literally burst into tears. I was like, “Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God!” I e-mailed him: “I am literally crying.” And he goes, “Me too!”