PASADENA, Calif. — Simply as components of future have circled her character Rey in Lucasfilm’s rebooted Star Wars trilogy, actress Daisy Ridley — who has performed the heroine in three movies — says she has at all times felt she was fated to play the scavenger-turned-rising-Jedi.
“My friend told me they were auditioning for it,” she says recalling the way it got here to be that she was first solid because the Power grasp in 2015’s Episode VII — The Power Awakens, “and I simply had this sense that I used to be going to get the function.
“I didn’t even know in the event that they have been in search of somebody like me. I referred to as my agent and I used to be like, ‘I have to audition’ … I simply had a sense that I used to be going to get it — although I didn’t know actually what it was,” she chuckles, “which is a strange thing.”
Virtually in a single day, Ridley, who didn’t develop up obsessing over the movie franchise first dreamt up by George Lucas in 1977, went from relative anonymity in her native Britain to world fame.
She has since gone on to reprise Rey in Rian Johnson’s 2017 sequel Episode VIII — The Final Jedi and J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Episode IX — The Rise of Skywalker, the conclusion to the Skywalker saga. In between her work on the franchise, the 27-year-old has appeared in Kenneth Branagh’s whodunit Homicide on the Orient Categorical and the Hamlet reimagining Ophelia.
Now, together with her time within the Star Wars universe drawing to a detailed, Ridley is already waiting for new horizons. “I’m desperate for a musical,” she says, grinning.
Rise of Skywalker, which opens Thursday, is shrouded in secrecy. The day Ridley spoke to the Solar, she hadn’t seen the film, which finds Rey and her pals Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and the remainder of the Resistance in a ultimate battle in opposition to the First Order, led by the villainous Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the resurgent Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid).
As she sips tea, Ridley speaks about what’s in retailer for followers when the movie opens this week and what her life may be like after Star Wars.
The place do we discover Rey in Rise of Skywalker? The movie takes place a 12 months after the occasions of The Final Jedi, so what has that been like for her?
It’s humorous since you meet Rey in a similar-ish emotional state as a result of she’s nonetheless trying to find solutions. Coaching-wise, although, she’s come a good distance. However there are solutions that she’s searching for. There’s a number of deep emotional issues she’s wrestling with and, in fact, a number of enjoyable stuff that we get to do — me, John and Oscar. You’re actually assembly three pals a 12 months in, so it’s sparky and argumentative and enjoyable. However all that messy enjoyable is juxtaposed together with her nonetheless form of longing to determine her place in all of it.
Emperor Palpatine was the principle antagonist for the primary two trilogies. What did you consider the choice to deliver him again for this ultimate movie?
We wanted the largest baddie in Star Wars historical past to wrap up the saga. It’s defined why he’s there and the way he’s there. He’s an necessary a part of the movie. Initially, I had reservations about him being again in the identical manner a few of the viewers may be feeling. However after we did it, you understand there’s simply no manner it might have labored in any other case.
Colin Trevorrow was initially arrange to do that earlier than J.J. returned to the fold alongside together with his co-writer Chris Terrio. How did issues change between the 2 tales?
There have been a number of adjustments, however the principle story stayed the identical. As J.J. stated, ‘Sometimes things can get a bit overly complicated.’ So I believe they stripped it again to make it clearer. Somebody was speaking about how Empire Strikes Again is a transparent story. They’ve to do that one factor, then one other factor and one other factor and that’s form of it. So I believe this was primarily getting it again to that concept of, what do we have to obtain and what do we have to undergo.
How did you react once you learn that final web page of the script?
Star Wars has at all times been about hope and, I’m stealing another person’s phrases, however (on this movie) all these characters are in such dire straits. Nonetheless, you’re comforted as a result of, ‘It’s Star Wars, so it’ll be OK.’ I believe on this one individuals are pushed past, ‘It’s going to be OK.’ You’re actually pondering, ‘Oh my God, is everything actually going to be OK?’ However there’s such an emotional decision on the conclusion to this movie — and to all 9. I actually assume it’s satisfying.
You could have some scenes with the late Carrie Fisher, who returns as Princess Leia. What was that like?
It’s actually bizarre … They wrote scenes round Carrie’s efficiency, then I shot my stuff with comparable lighting in opposition to a blue display screen and afterwards they minimize them in collectively and by some means we’re there collectively onscreen. There aren’t any results. It’s Carrie’s efficiency, which is nice. It’s a really emotional story and Leia is a very massive a part of that arc. The truth that there was a lot footage of her that basically works from The Power Awakens and so they have been capable of do it’s nuts. However, I believe, individuals are going to be thrilled as a result of it’s Carrie onscreen. Leia is there and he or she’s doing her factor.
What was the final scene that you simply filmed like?
That was unhappy. … I used to be simply crying. I used to be simply so unhappy as a result of different folks had wrapped and so I used to be already upset. Nevertheless it labored as a result of I needed to be upset within the scene. Once you watch it … these are actual tears which might be coming. That’s some actual disappointment.
Followers have numerous questions. Are they going to get all of the solutions they’re in search of or are there some dangling threads?
I believe so. I believe it’s actually wrapped up. Clearly, there’s in all probability Chester from Alaska who will likely be questioning one thing that occurred with Han and the Falcon (from one of many earlier movies), however the massive questions which were posed by Power Awakens and (Final) Jedi, for certain, are answered on this one.
I cherished Benicio del Toro’s DJ in The Final Jedi. Does he come again?
Oh, I don’t assume so. He did his stuttering factor and … disappeared. However he taught us lesson — dangerous guys and good guys are shopping for ammunition.
What’s your favorite Star Wars scene?
Nicely, the one which involves thoughts is Harrison (Ford) and Adam from Power Awakens. I bear in mind on the premiere how my coronary heart was pounding as a result of I knew what was coming between them. I believe numerous different folks within the crowd felt it too. It was simply such a heartwrenching scene between the 2 of them.
How a couple of character? Who do you want greatest?
Nicely, you understand what? We’re promoting this movie, so I’ll say Rey. I believe, on this very divisive time, you see people who aren’t doing issues alone, however are a part of smaller teams which might be f—ing rising up in opposition to oppressive forces in a very massive, wonderful means. Sure it’s a movie, however we have to see that as a result of it’s a scary f—ing time. So to play somebody who’s a part of preventing the great battle? I’m into that in an enormous manner.
You’re a child of the ’90s. Had been you an enormous Star Wars fan?
I used to be not a fan. It simply handed me by, actually. I wasn’t an enormous movie individual, to be trustworthy. I simply watched The Goonies final week. If we went to the cinema with my mother and father, we went to French movies as a result of they have been like, ‘C’mon, let’s see one thing in one other language.’ I used to be extra of a guide individual. However regardless of all that, I’m a fan of Star Wars now.
Should you weren’t into movies, what made you need to be an actor?
I couldn’t inform you. … Actually, with the performing, it simply occurred.
After 2005’s Episode III — Revenge of the Sith, I believe most Star Wars followers thought the franchise was achieved. Are you actually completed with Rey after The Rise of Skywalker?
I believe it might simply must be one thing so extraordinary. The stuff I’ve been capable of do on this movie, I simply don’t know the way that may be topped. I don’t assume somebody might come to me and say, ‘That is higher than what you bought to do in The Rise of Skywalker.’ It might be so surprising. However … John made the great level that if a brand new trilogy got here out with a brand new trio, I’d be very jealous. (Then) I may be like, ‘You know what Disney, I will take your call. Let’s speak. I need to be a part of this.’ Realistically, although, I don’t know. I believe it’ll make extra sense when the movie comes out. For me, personally, it’s not usually that you simply get to do one thing that’s bodily nuts and simply so emotional. … And I simply obtained to take action a lot on this one which I don’t assume something might prime it for this character.
Why do you assume Star Wars endured all these years?
There’s at all times been one thing for everybody … if you wish to go see a high-octane action-adventure, it satisfies. However, additionally, if you wish to see a brilliant emotional story, it delivers there too. The entire thing is absolutely about good and evil … and typically preventing to the dying.
I cherished your rap on Jimmy Fallon and after that I figured you should have a reasonably attention-grabbing style in music. So if we have been going to ship you may have someplace within the galaxy, far, far-off, what 5 albums would you’re taking with you?
I’ve really considered that. OK, Fleetwood Mac, Rumours. Songs About Jane, Maroon 5. Dire Straits’ debut. I’d take a recording of the soundtrack to Chicago, as a result of I’d in all probability need a few of that Catherine Zeta-Jones/ Renee Zellweger vibe. Lastly, I’d take a classical selection album.
Now that Star Wars is over, what’s subsequent for you?
My rap profession.
Perhaps a musical?
I auditioned for a musical a few months in the past and didn’t get it. I’m principally unemployed. I’m like, ‘Someone, give me a job.’ I hold promoting myself on TV within the hope that somebody’s going to say, ‘Let’s give her a job.’
I believe you’ll get that musical. The truth is, I assure it.
(Laughs) Thanks on your religion.