Daisy Ridley is living the dream of any young actor – landing a role that pays the rent and gives them the kind of exposure that can help develop their career. However, never did the actress imagine that her first part in a major film would be as a central character in the phenomenal Star Wars franchise – one of the greatest sagas in movie history. Her portrayal of Rey, the scavenger turned rebel leader, has established her as a principal figure within the universe created by George Lucas and reimagined by director JJ Abrams in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
Ridley’s fiery energy has instilled new life into a sci-fiodyssey that was badly in need of modern heroes. These qualities are no more evident than in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth in the series and her third and probably last appearance as the intrepid female warrior. Ridley, like Rey, has fulfilled her mission to emerge as a dynamic female role model for legions of young women.
‘I would like to hope that whatever I bring to Rey gives some inspiration to young people, and young women in particular,’ says Ridley. ‘A lot of people have found a deep connection to Star Wars and the movies carry a special meaning that audiences might not find in other places. The films and the characters have become part of our culture – they’re like people’s family; people’s friends.’
Ridley is deeply proud of her contribution and the positive influence of the series: ‘All those people who might be lonely and then feel uplifted by characters with whom they share similarities… to be able to add hope and spirit to someone’s life is a wonderful thing.’
Although this may be Rey’s last hurrah in a galaxy far, far away, Ridley believes Rise Of Skywalker, the finale in the trio that began with The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, lives up to the powerful Star Wars mythology that has inscribed itself into our cultural fabric.
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