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?
You cannot escape the Star Wars phenomenon, even at an indie film fest just getting underway in Park City. Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley has come aboard to be executive producer of The Eagle Huntress, the first documentary to premiere in the Sundance Kids section, with a Sunday debut at the Prospector Square Park Theatre. Morgan Spurlock, exec producer of the film, divulged this to me and said that Ridley signed on after seeing a cut of the film. She hopes it helps create awareness of what they describe as an epic tale of female empowerment.
Directed by Otto Bell, The Eagle Huntress is the true story of Aisholpan, a 13-year-old Mongolian girl who strives to become the first female Eagle Hunter in 2,000 years of male-dominated history. Under the tutelage and support of her father and her grandfather, she learns all aspects of this ancient tradition, including taming her very own eaglet and training it for the annual Golden Eagle Festival, which involves competing against male Eagle Hunters from all over the country. She even dreams of hunting in the frozen winters to prove that a girl can do anything a boy can, so long as she’s determined.
The film is set in the Altai Mountains of Northwestern Mongolia, the most remote part of the least populated country on Earth. While the landscape is pristine, the isolation has created a society that always considered women too fragile to hunt with an eagle. Aisholpan set out to change that. The young film heroine and her family are traveling all the way from Mongolia for the film’s premiere, and she’ll take part in live eagle demonstrations on Main Street.
Said Ridley: “I was deeply moved by Aisholpan’s story and wanted to be a part of this beautiful film. I feel audiences and young girls around the world will be as inspired by her story as I was, and I am so proud to share her journey with the world.”
Spurlock said he was delighted Ridley agreed to participate. “Having her join us will elevate this amazing story to greater heights and spread the magic of this courageous young girl to audiences of all ages.”
Said Bell: “Like so many other theatergoers around the world, I was blown away by Daisy’s recent portrayal of an empowered female protagonist. I’m thrilled she’ll be bringing that same energy to supporting a real-world heroine who is also on an epic journey to win victory in a far away land.”
Good news! Daisy is nominated for the COFCA Awards for Breakthrough Film Artist in the movie Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.