She’s in every promo for The Force awakens. Yep. Daisy Ridley is the new Star Wars darling. She walked into the room and even blushed a wee bit as we clapped. Daisy is so full of happiness and light. She was poised and just adorable. I can’t wait to see her performance as Rey. I have a feeling she’s going to be the breakout star of the film. Check out the interview with her below:
Q: When we were talking to Kathleen Kennedy earlier today, she referred Rey to your character as the new generation’s Luke Skywalker. How do you feel about that?
Daisy: Well it’s weird. I wasn’t really thinking about myself in those terms when I was doing it, because I think that might have been slightly overwhelming. Now I can kind of see all of them in her. She’s a pilot so there’s Han. She’s a kick-ass woman, so there’s Leia, but definitely the humble beginnings and an incredible story is the same as Luke. Obviously it’s very exciting that I’m a girl and that more people hopefully will be able to relate to this story because of that. Perhaps people that haven’t been able to relate so much before. I wasn’t a huge Star Wars fan before, so I’m hoping that with the fact that I’m as excited as I am, I hope that other people can feel that. Perhaps feel like this is something that they can now come on board to if they haven’t already felt that.
Then she chats about the reach of Star Wars:
Daisy: No, I’m glad I kind of didn’t know how far it reached. it was really only at the convention this year, the first convention we did, that I was like oh my god. There are a lot of people here. And everyone is here for the same reason. I think that would have been quite overwhelming if I had been dealing with that while also dealing with the fact that I’m just a young girl being thrust into this thing and I don’t quite know why I’m here and all that kind of stuff. I was already dealing with that so I’m glad that I wasn’t dealing with the rest of the stuff. Even during it, sometimes I was like really cool. Everyone would be so like obviously they would be infected by this thing and obviously it sweeps you along with it. I was always kind of more of it’s like it’s nice for me that I don’t have that sense and I still enjoy it as I do, because I think not everyone is a super fan. To be a representative of those other people is great. By the way, I talk so much, I’m so sorry if I don’t answer you I’m not consciously doing that. I just waffle and I can’t remember what I was talking about in the first place. [LAUGHTER]
Q: What’s it like to see yourself as an action figure?
Daisy: It’s cool, I haven’t seen this one with the rucksack. It’s cool. I’ve got this suitcase of stuff sent to me and I received it when I was alone, I’m sure many of you are on Instagram, I Instagrammed my reaction because- my dog was there, my dog was like what up. I kind of put everything away and like in the suitcase and then I came back the next day and there were figures everywhere and me and my sister live together, I was like, what are you doing. Put them away, that is so weird. [LAUGHTER] and then I just moved out and she was like, oh my god, I can make the flat a shrine to you!!
Q: Can you tell us a little about your audition process?
Daisy: My audition process was very long. I’ve never been as nervous for an audition as I was for it, I turned up an hour early. I was like, I can’t be an hour early, so I went to a coffee shop to like sit and chill. Then I went in half an hour early, they were like, no you need to come back, because you’re still too early. You know, when you’re just like oh my god! You’re over thinking everything, but it was great. Obviously it was just over in a flash. You put so much pressure on yourself when you think about it so much. Because even before I started auditioning two of my friends had said something about it and I was like, oh my god, I’ve got a really weird sense of, it sounds cliché, not destiny but a sense of something that was going to come from it. So I already had that in my mind that was kind of pushing me forward. But because of that, I was obviously putting a great deal of pressure on myself. So I didn’t really enjoy the audition process and I felt like I was kind of screwing up. Luckily J.J. obviously saw something and then in my last audition. I really felt like I did a good job. I was really pleased. I was like obviously I still wanted the role but even if I don’t, I’m really glad that I’ve shown him really what I can do. Then luckily I got the role. So that was a good ending.
Q: I assume you’ve seen maybe parts of the movie. What was that like for you to see yourself.
Daisy: It’s weird because I kind of thought I’d feel like- when I watched the trailer I thought I’d feel like that watching the film. I didn’t. I felt like that after I finished watching the film but it was far more complex and like watching the trailer, I felt an overwhelming sense of oh my god, look at what I’m part of, all of the work that’s gone into this, is just incredible. Thousands of people and time and energy and love has gone into this thing and that was really the beginning. We had seen the teasers but it was really like obviously the beginning of that.
Watching the film, I kind of thought I’d be like that and it kind of wasn’t. I enjoyed it. Watching myself was very odd, really odd. I was talking to Harrison, Harrison said he still doesn’t like watching himself. So I’m like if he doesn’t, it’s all right that I don’t- [LAUGHTER]. After like an hour we all kind of sat around having a chat and then I got in the car and just wept the whole way to the airport, but I didn’t quite know why. You know, when you sat there and you’re like, uh, god I can’t imagine being a mother. People say the emotions get more, I’m going to be so emotional. You’re like fine and then suddenly you’re it like hits you and the tears come and you don’t know why you’re doing it. Then it kind of settles again and then you remember that you were, oh, it was just like that. Then the ten-hour plane journey home. I would sleep and then I would wake up and I’d be panicky [LAUGHS]. It was really weird. It was like so much more than watching the trailer, but the overwhelming sense is the same. I’m still so incredibly pleased to be part of it. I still can’t believe I’m part of it. That this is a thing and that people are going to enjoy this that much. I still grapple with the fact that that it is happening.
As I was re-reading this interview and typing it up the mom in me came out. I just have so much hope for her. She’s truly a darling and I can’t wait to see where she goes from here.
***Disclosure: I attended the #StarWarsEvent + #ABCTVEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***