A decade after her career took flight with the “Star Wars” franchise, Daisy Ridley reflects on how the transformative role of Rey defined her twenties.
Starring in the sequel trilogy with “The Force Awakens” (2015), “The Last Jedi” (2017), and “The Rise of Skywalker” (2019), Ridley shared in a recent interview with Inverse (published on Jan. 25) that amid the whirlwind of fame, she initially believed she was handling it well. “When all of the craziness was going on, I was like, ‘I’m good. I’m good. I’m coping fine. Everything’s fine.’ And I was fine, for the most part,” she said.
However, Ridley acknowledged that her experience was not perceived as usual by others, leading to isolation due to the clash between reality and the fantasy projected onto her. It was only after the release of “The Rise of Skywalker” in 2019 that she had the opportunity to process everything, describing it as a grieving period.
The COVID-19 pandemic, which unexpectedly brought the world to a standstill, gave Ridley a chance to reflect. The enforced stillness during lockdown was incredibly helpful for her, allowing her to realize that there was much she hadn’t properly processed.
Ridley, who stars in the indie film “Sometimes I Think About Dying,” also opened up about the toll of fan and media scrutiny during her “Star Wars” career. In a December 2019 cover story for British GQ, she revealed the impact on her health, mentioning a period where she became like a “little skeleton” with skin issues and a lack of nutrients.
Stress even led to holes in her gut wall. Fortunately, a six-month break before filming “The Rise of Skywalker” allowed her to regain her health and return to the set with a newfound sense of well-being.
Looking ahead, Ridley is set to play a vital role in a new “Star Wars” movie, part of a trilogy announced by Lucasfilm. The film, set after “The Rise of Skywalker,” explores a “new Jedi order,” with Ridley portraying a powerful Jedi master leading a Jedi academy.
Despite her past challenges, Ridley expressed excitement about stepping into this role during a Star Wars Celebration fan convention. Release dates for the trilogy were not disclosed.