Daisy Ridley has become a household name since taking on the role of Rey in the new Star Wars trilogy. However, it didn’t used to be that way. Prior to winning the part of Rey, Daisy had appeared in several television shows in minor roles. Since appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Daisy has appeared in Murder on the Orient Express and will be voice acting in Peter Rabbit. She will now be reprising the role of Rey in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will open in theaters on December 15, 2017.
Screen Rant got a chance to talk to Daisy Ridley on press day, where we discussed the similarities and differences between Rey being thrust into the spotlight and Daisy herself being thrust into the spotlight, whether or not she has read any fan theories focusing on Rey and her thoughts on them, and where would she like Rey’s story to go in Episode IX.
SR: So the parallels between you, actual Daisy, and Rey are very similar.
Daisy Ridley: Actual Daisy.
SR: Yeah, are very similar because Rey was kind of involved in this big galactic war that was going on. Kind of thrust into it and your act your own acting career, kind of like hit the spotlight. I was wondering if that informed your performance at all for The Last Jedi from being in the spotlight?
Daisy Ridley: I mean, the thing is, is I'm an actor, so it may seem like a big deal but really I stand on the mark and say words for a living but Rey is actually doing some real s**t. She is potentially saving people's lives and trying to do the right thing. So in that regard, I would say that they're not similar, but I could see the comparisons and I would say maybe because she has questions and I have questions, you know, so there is so it there was that going on, but I think mainly she is asking questions. She asks some, like fun silly questions that I think a lot of audiences have always wondered.
Daisy Ridley: It's like, that thing of like, yeah, yeah, what it's that thing? Like actually, what does that mean and I think that's funny. Because me as someone who doesn't know so much the Star Wars world it felt more like that was imitating. That was imitating that.
Daisy Ridley: That was a long answer. I'm so sorry.
SR: No. That's good. Now, have you ever read any fan theory that has been right about your character?
Daisy Ridley: No.
SR: Really? Because the big question is like who's Rey's parents, right?
Daisy Ridley: I mean, I've read fan theories about about Immaculate Conception. In fact, that was only one that I read because someone directed me toward it and I was like you should get to work. Immaculate Conception. Then someone told me that I was actually Snoke or something or other, and it was time travel and I do think it's hilarious that there's this like great character and everyone was trying to attribute it to another character.
SR: Yeah. Ben Kenobi.
Daisy Ridley: Oh, what? That I'm Ben Kenobi? No, I heard about Snoke.
SR: No, that you are Ben Kenobi's granddaughter is another theory.
Daisy Ridley: Oh. Oh. Oh. I dunno. The only one I read is about Immaculate Conception so technically I've never read a real one.
SR: Interesting. Now, where, you as Daisy, where would you like to see Rey kind of complete her journey in Episode IX?
Daisy Ridley: I don't know. I don't know. I think the wonderful thing about lives is they ever continuing, ever present, ever growing. And, I think the end of this film really, Episode IX could go anywhere.
Daisy Ridley: Yeah. Also if people are sick of me I could just be out so I don't know. I really don't know I actually really don't know.
SR: People aren't sick of you so you're safe there.
Daisy Ridley: I mean, but the film hasn't come out yet. Maybe such and such are like, okay, enough. I just got and hide for bit.
SR: Recently you stated that Episode IX was going to be your last. Does...
Daisy Ridley: That was misquoted. I was asked how I felt about going beyond and my answer being when I signed up I signed up to three films so in my head episode nine is sort of the end right now. That was misquoted.
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018