Daisy Ridley: JJ Abrams warned me that Star Wars is a religion
She was working in a pub when she was cast in the franchise. Six years and three movies later, is the force still strong?
Daisy Ridleys earliest childhood memory is of a party hosted by her parents at their family home in west London, when she was three, maybe four. She was surrounded by grownups, towering above her, when she abruptly and dramatically declared: Im shy! before running out of the room. My mum told me I did that, so maybe Im remembering half an imprint of someone elses memory, she says, laughing at the irony of both commanding attention from her audience and then immediately rejecting it. Its a trait that has somehow stuck.
At 27, Ridley finds herself at the centre of the universe. With three Star Wars films under her belt, the actor is adjusting to multiple layers of fame: theres the gilded A-list Hollywood kind that comes with red carpets, stylists and outfits gifted by the most sought-after designers; then the sort of fame that has tabloids tracking her most mundane moves, breathlessly documenting Ridleys brave trip to the dry cleaners (with no makeup!) or strolling through London wearing gasp a daisy print skirt. And then, of course, theres the fierce, cult-like superfan fame, where the force of millions of Star Wars obsessives will always be with her, the legacy of being plucked, as a fresh-faced 21-year-old unknown, by director JJ Abrams to play Rey, the scrappy scavenger mentored by Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).
We meet on a late autumn afternoon in one of Londons grandest hotels. The Star Wars press campaign has occupied an entire floor and a corridor of suites is taken up by publicists, assistants and executives fixed on their phone screens. Ridley, wearing a dark denim Ulla Johnson boilersuit, cinched in at the waist and tucked into Christian Louboutin mesh ankle boots, takes a seat on a beige chaise longue in a very beige room, expertly low lit for movie stars. Her dark bob is slicked back, her cheekbones wide and high. She looks terrific and when I say so, she immediately credits her stylist (Samantha McMillen, whose longest-standing clients are Johnny Depp and Elle Fanning), and a new trainer.
Im the strongest and healthiest Ive ever been. I didnt get injured once [on set]. I actually got my kickboxing green belt during filming, which really felt like something. Ridley mugs a goofy face at her achievement. It was honestly the best thing ever.
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