Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley on how fantasy films can help people come to terms with suffering in the real world
The following contains enormous spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
In this week’s Big Issue, Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley explains why she thinks audiences form such a strong emotional connection with fantasy films.
“Maybe that’s because people are able to express themselves more easily when it’s tied to something that’s not totally real,” Ridley said. “When you watch something you feel removed from, it becomes that incredible thing of it feeling very close and very far away. You probably have a bigger emotional reaction than reading a newspaper and just seeing facts and figures [because] instead you see someone’s life play out, their soul, and the way they react and respond to the world around them.”
Ridley, who played the Rey in the film goes on to talk for the first time about why the death of Han Solo, killed by his son Kylo Ren, had such a profound impact on Star Wars fans.
She said: “People die so awfully every day that if you experienced every grief, the whole world would be a dark, dark place. So many awful things happened last year, and Han Solo dying, which was one of the last moments of the year, is some weird way of people experiencing that.”
“People are weighed down by awful things that are happening and what they see on the news. If everybody puts a piece of themselves into Han Solo and Han Solo dies – in the cinema, where it’s dark – you can express it and it alleviates some of the pain. His death is obviously not as important as actual lives that are lost but people probably use it as some kind of carrier for the grief.”
Ridley is currently filming the yet untitled Episode VIII with her next cinema release being Only Yesterday, a Studio Ghibli film where she provides the voice of the main character, Taeko.
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley has confirmed talks to take on the role of Lara Croft in a forthcoming Tomb Raider reboot.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter at the Empire awards in London, the British actor said there had “been conversations” about her taking on the part of the English archaeological explorer made famous by Angelina Jolie in two early noughties films.
“I’m waiting for someone to say ‘I want you, let’s do it’,” she said. It is understood no script yet exists for the project, which is in its early stages.
Ridley, 23, who is set to return as Rey in Star Wars: Episode VIII suggested she would have enough time to shoot different projects. “Absolutely, I’m trying to fill up my calendar,” she told the Hollywood Reporter.
Jolie played Croft in two films, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Neither fared well with critics but the first instalment was a box-office smash, taking $274.7m worldwide. Both movies were based on the long-running Eidos Interactive video game franchise which kicked off with 1996’s Tomb Raider.
Norwegian director Roar Uthaug, best known for disaster movie The Wave, is set to make his English language debut on the reboot. The new iteration, announced in November, is reportedly an origins story.
Sure, we’ve heard plenty of behind-the-scenes stories from the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But Daisy Ridley has just revealed that she almost threw up on Luke Skywalker. She was in Skellig Michae, Ireland, shooting the sequel’s climactic ending with Mark Hamill. And as it turns out, she was quite sick one of those days. Asked by Goss about her experience filming in Ireland, Rey came clean and revealed that one day was particularly rough.
“I’ll be very honest with you. I was very sick one of the days we filmed. Mark was trying to do his serious acting. And I was wrenching in the corner. I’m not kidding. It was so awful. But if you’re going to be sick anywhere, why not be sick on Skellig Michael. The first time I went was in a helicopter. I was like, ‘Oh, my god! This is so cool.’ The stairs were insane. That climb? I did that six times. Our Steady-cam guy was walking backwards with a big camera. He had it worse. So I said, ‘I’m not going to complain about my legs.’ Because he was having a worse time.”
Now, we would naturally just assume that Daisy Ridley caught the flu, or a cold, or some other bug flying around Ireland. But shortly after she reveals she almost threw up on Master Jedi Luke Skywalker, she describes her downtime while stationed in Ireland, and confirms most of that time was spent in a nearby pub. Where she enjoyed her first Guinness. Was the girl hung over during her big Luke Skywalker meet and greet. She certainly doesn’t say that. But it sounds like she had a lot of fun while on location.
“We visited the pub. Which was very nice. It was cute. There were these little kids who did ‘There’s a whole in my bucket.’ It was actually the cutest thing I ever seen. I had my first Guinness, we had great food. They were very welcoming. And we had these Sherpas looking out for us, so we were all able to go and have a drink afterwards.”
Episode VIII is now shooting in London. But early shooting was done last September on Skellig Michael Island with Mark Hamill to accommodate the location’s limited access. It has never been reported that Daisy Ridley was part of this shoot. But it is assumed that she was there, due to her visiting Luke’s secluded hideaway at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Can you believe the new star of Star Wars threw up in the corner while Mark Hamill stepped back in the Jedi robes of Luke Skywalker for the first time in over 30 years?