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“It’s a really fucking scary time to be alive,” comments Star Wars’ leading lady Daisy Ridley about the first days of Donald Trump being president of the US. The actress recently attended the anti-Trump women’s march in London, calling it “an incredible show of democracy”.

Ridley is deeply passionate about tales of female empowerment; from her breakthrough role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the her latest film, the Bafta-nominated documentary The Eagle Huntress, which she narrates and exec produced.

Screen sat down with Ridley to discuss the doc, which is the story of a 13-year-old girl in Mongolia who is attempting to become the first female eagle hunter in her country. She also updated on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, talked having to audition for Murder On The Orient Express, and had her say on Piers Morgan’s recent spat with Ewan McGregor.Screen: How did you get involved in The Eagle Huntress?

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Daisy Ridley: Morgan Spurlock came on as a producer after Otto [Bell, director] had done the initial shoot. He got in touch with my agent and said he wanted me to watch it. I watched it, was blown away and said I’d love to be involved somehow. I came on as exec producer and then – Otto initially had title cards in it but wanted to narrate it for younger kids – so I then narrated it too.

What did being executive producer involve?

I mean it’s a glorified spokesperson. I am taking credit for something I really haven’t had much to do with. It has been my pleasure, basically, to spread the news.

Do you see yourself using your star power in the future to help out smaller films like this?

When I came on, I wasn’t like ‘Hey, let ME make this a big thing’. It would have done amazingly with or without my help. I don’t plan. If something else came along that touched me in the same way and I could be involved in it, then great.

What did you love about the film?

It was mainly the relationship between Aisholpan [the film’s subject] and her father. The world we’re living in is terrifying and [it’s great] to watch something that for an hour and a half takes you out of yourself and shows you something about somewhere that none of us really knows. It’s incredible how everything is so divisive at the moment – what colour your skin is, what religion you are – and to watch a film that’s set in the back end of Mongolia, that made me think: ‘oh my God, her dad reminds me of my dad’.

Did you meet Aisholpan?

I met her at a screening in LA and she’s super sweet. She’s quite quiet, not very verbal, so she just stands there with this gorgeous smile taking everything in.

Was she star-struck when she met you?

No! I don’t know if they had watched it [Star Wars]. It was more the other way round. I play a character, and she [in real life] at 13 broke a record that had been held for hundreds of years.

You have a lot of projects lined up [Ridley is currently filming Murder On The Orient Express, directed by Kenneth Branagh]. Did the phone suddenly start ringing after you got great reviews for Star Wars?

I auditioned for this [Murder On The Orient Express]. I’m aware that I have a lot to prove and I’m very excited that I’ve been given the chance to prove it. I was speaking to Ken [Branagh] and actually said to him ‘did they tell you that you had to cast certain people?’ and he was like ‘absolutely not’. It’s a nice thing to hear because you have moments of doubt where you think ‘oh my God is this only happening because of this one thing and do people actually rate me?’

What’s it been like filming Star Wars: The Last Jedi?

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JJ [Abrams] and Rian [Johnson, the director] are different people and have a different kind of energy, different ideas. Rian is able to branch off a little bit more because JJ had the job of bringing in the new and maintaining what had gone before. I’m really lucky to be able to do the Star Wars thing from different people’s point of view. I never thought I’d be able to be in one film, let alone three films playing a character that I really love. Also the character changes. It’s the same character but different circumstances in the three films.

What did you think of the anti-Trump women’s march?

I was at the women’s march in London. Of course I was. I actually feel sick when I think about what’s happened in three days [of Donald Trump being president]. I feel a bit teary… I mean it’s horrific. What I think is incredible is that amongst all the name calling, millions of women across the world came together in a peaceful way. At the march in London everyone was so wonderful and so kind, everything was positive, it was an incredible show of democracy and I felt very special being there.

But I feel it’s genuinely a very scary time. You talk about America, but also the NHS is being sold off, and there are thousands if not millions of people who live below the poverty line in England and they are just being forgotten. It’s both a really exciting time to be alive and a really fucking scary time to be alive.

Some people, for example Piers Morgan, said people only went on the march because they were annoyed Clinton lost. What would you say to that?

I think it’s silly. Look what happened to Ewan McGregor, he has a choice about whether to give an interview or not. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but Piers Morgan calls people names. I shouldn’t say this because I’ll start a war with him! Don’t be mean, be kind, it’s not that difficult. Calling names is massively immature. Also grouping people together. Piers Morgan is a journalist, you don’t group all journalists together [and say] all journalists invade your privacy. In the same way that not all women are protesting because [Clinton] didn’t win. I think in the past few days we can see why those marches happened, because it’s really scary.

It’s interesting that you don’t mind sharing political opinions, even though you’re the star of the biggest movie franchise in the world…

It’s weird because I’ve never really had this conversation with anyone and I was actually thinking ‘oh my God I could be banned from going to America for speaking out against what’s going on!’. Nothing I do is vetted. I know [Disney CEO] Bob Iger had a meeting with Trump and everyone is trying to make the best of the situation and maybe I’d feel different if I didn’t just hear about Planned Parenthood and Dakota Access Pipeline and stuff like that. We’re all human. Piers Morgan said; ‘oh Ewan McGregor is just an actor’, no, we’re all humans and we all have feelings.

What did you think of Meryl Streep’s anti-Trump Golden Globe speech?

I think anyone is allowed to have an opinion on anything, whether you’re a bin man, a barman or the director of a company. So actors aren’t supposed to have an opinion? I’m not going to run for politics but I still know the stuff that matters to me.
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Paramount Pictures has acquired the Sonia Purnell book A Woman Of No Importance, and has attached Star Wars‘ Daisy Ridley to star. J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot is the producer on this, just like on Star Wars. The book by the author of Clementine is the biography of American heiress and super-spy Virginia Hall, who attempted to break into the ranks of the American Foreign Service in the years before World War II. Rejected because of gender and a disability — she lost part of her leg in a hunting accident — Hall worked during the war for the British intelligence unit SOE. She later joined the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA.Ridley is currently shooting the Murder On The Orient Express at Fox, and will reprise in the just-named Star Wars: The Last Jedi. She is also attached to Chaos Walking at Lionsgate, Kolma at Paramount and the indie Ophelia.

CAA brokered the deal with lit agent Grainne Fox at Fletcher & Company.

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Star Wars Episode 8’s Daisy Ridley is all about her fitness and she proves it by following insane workouts. The 23-year-old Star Wars actor shared a video montage of her crazy energy-fueled workout online, marking the return of her #FitnessFriday posts. The British actor is in phenomenal shape and would undoubtedly pass any fitness test thrown at her.

In the workout video, Ridley combines a number of exercises, including circuit training with weightlifting, and she rotates between a dumbbell, weight plate, and kettlebell.

She says that the workout doesn’t look that intense (but it did; watch the video and prepare to weep). Here’s her routine: a warm up, three rounds of activators, two circuits of three rounds. Just looking at her workout videos is exhausting enough!

She does everything from weighted squats, plyometric cardio, and weight lifting in a variety of forms (with squats, without, lunging, static, on a bench) to box jumps and heavy curls.

In July, Ridley posted an impromptu #workoutwednesday video because she found time to go to the gym between Star Wars shoots. Things are under wraps, so much so that her hair was literally concealed for the workout in an effort to keep her character’s hair a secret.

She gave a shout-out to her chiropractor on social media, crediting him with making her feel the strongest she ever has and thanking him for keeping her body moving.

Training Like a Jedi Means Eating Like One Too
Ridley’s eating plan is regimented and is governed by a few rules. The first is to eat frequently, and she does, as she eats five times a day.

However, her portions are controlled: eating smaller meals throughout the day is a good way to keep the metabolism fired up.

The second rule is to have her largest meal in the morning, and then each meal gets progressively smaller as the day goes on. Whatever meal she eats will consist of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and good quality fats—she is particularly fond of avocados and nuts.

Her last rule is to stay hydrated throughout the day—especially when she works out—because she likely sweats buckets in the gym.

Ridley tries to consume between two and three liters of water a day. When she’s not working out, the Daisy Ridley is busy filming Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due in theaters next year.

Source: foods4betterhealth.com



Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley is starring in another massive sci-fi franchise

Daisy Ridley isn’t quite sick of travelling to galaxies far far away just yet, as she’s signed up for another blockbuster sci-fi franchise in waiting.
The Star Wars’ actress has joined the cast of Lionsgate’s upcoming adaptation of Patrick Ness’ Chaos Walking, a young adult sci-fi series set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts.
A large portion of Chaos Walking is focused around Prentisstown, the only human settlement on the planet New World which is solely populated by males. Just imagine.

It’s safe to assume the film adaptation will focus on the first book in the trilogy, The Knife Of Never Letting Go, which centres on Todd Hewitt as he’s forced to escape his home and encounters a girl called Viola in the swamp – the role Daisy has most likely signed up for.

The film is set to be directed by Doug Liman who previously helmed the underrated sci-fi flick Edge Of Tomorrow and The Bourne Identity, with production set to begin in 2017.

Daisy certainly isn’t settling on the Star Wars franchise, as she’s also set to reunite with The Force Awakens director JJ Abrams for the supernatural drama Kolma too.

Source: metro.co.uk


Daisy Ridley has left Instagram, and taken a break from social media after a backlash for sharing a post about victims of gun violence, on Monday.

A day after attending the Teen Choice awards, during which Jessica Alba paid tribute to victims of gun violence by having young relatives of shooting victims join her on stage, Ridley posted a message to her social media platforms, which read:

As I sat in the audience yesterday, tears were streaming down my face at the tribute to those that have been lost to gun violence. I didn’t get a great picture of the incredible group that came onstage but they were so brave. It was a true moment of togetherness. We must ‪#‎stoptheviolence‬.

A slew of comments followed. Many praised the actor’s words, while some criticized her for speaking out, accusing her of hypocrisy due to the violence in the Star Wars franchise.

Soon after, Ridley’s Instagram account disappeared. The message remained on Facebook, where she has more than 738,000 followers, before being deleted on Wednesday. A number of comments on her Facebook post urged her to return to Instagram where she regularly interacts with fans.

Ridley briefly reactivated her Instagram account and posted a message explaining her hiatus: “I just want to be on my phone less! Trying to be more present and all that and got a busy few months ahead so wanted less distractions … It’s all good! 🙂” she wrote, according to The Nerdy Bird.

Since first joining Instagram a year ago, Ridley has frequently used the social media channel to connect with her fans on a variety of issues, including self-esteem, body-shaming and her struggles with endometriosis.

Her Star Wars co-star John Boyega told his fans on Instagram that Ridley “is doing what’s best for her” and added that he “won’t be advising [his] friend to come back”.

Ridley isn’t the only celebrity to leave social media after online attacks. Leslie Jones, one of the stars of Paul Feig’s contested Ghostbusters reboot, took a break from Twitter after being bombarded with racist comments around the time of the blockbuster’s release. Twitter stepped in and permanently banned a user for his abuse aimed toward Jones. The actor has since come back to Twitter.

Source: theguardian.com




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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.

Source: bigissue



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