Daisy Ridley is ‘really frustrated’ by comparisons to look-alike Keira Knightley

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When I was covering the fashion photos from all of last week’s Star Wars premieres, I kept getting distracted by Daisy Ridley’s Keira Knightley vibes. At the LA premiere especially, when Daisy wore her hair down, she really resembled Keira. I thought it might just be a styling trick, but no – Ridley really, really looks like Keira. She even talks like Keira and her voice and accent are very Keira-esque. I was sort of blown away by how similar they are when I watched The Force Awakens – it felt like this would have been Keira’s part, if Keira was just six or seven years younger. I don’t think that Daisy is trying to mimic Keira, I think it’s just one of those weird things. And God knows, maybe JJ Abrams chose Daisy because of her resemblance to other actresses. Anyway, Daisy knows that she’s giving us Keira vibes. And she doesn’t like it.

While most young actresses would give their right arm to be compared to the beautiful Keira Knightley, newcomer Daisy Ridley — who has a leading role in the new Star Wars film — has had quite the opposite reaction.

‘This is one thing that I’m actually so “ugh!” about. But it’s like, why do I have to be like someone else?’ says the 23-year-old. ‘People have always said that I look like Keira Knightley. But it is actually really frustrating.’

Ridley, who was very much under the radar before landing the role of Rey in the sci-fi blockbuster, adds: ‘Keira Knightley is wonderful and has her own thing. I just think to compare a 23-year-old girl to anyone else is so unnecessary. I just think every single person in the world has their own thing going on. And I just want to be me.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Yeah, I get that. Especially for a young actress, it must suck to be told that you’re very reminiscent of an actress who is only a few years older and already well-respected and acclaimed in the same industry. Then again, it doesn’t suck at all because Keira Knightley is beautiful and if someone told me I looked like Keira Knightley, it would be amazing. For what it’s worth, Keira is more of a pouty fashionista/model with an incredibly striking face, while Daisy is like the girl-next-door who resembles Keira in a few angles (their profiles are SO similar). And while I get that Daisy doesn’t want the comparison, I don’t understand this: “I just think to compare a 23-year-old girl to anyone else is so unnecessary.” Honey, it’s not like we’re bullying you! We’re just sitting around saying, “God, she could be Keira Knightley’s long-lost sister.” THERE ARE WORSE THINGS. Sigh… I wish people would stop comparing me to Sophia Loren. You don’t know how I suffer.

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  1. NUTBALLS says:

    She SOUNDS like Keira even more than she looks like her. Her accent is eerily similar.

    • Farhi says:

      Yes, because of that when it is live action and not just photos and when she is talking it is impossible not to notice the resemblance. The accent, the pitch of voice , they way they speak all seem the same.

    • Bridget says:

      Oh yeah. And she has a lot of the same mannerisms – especially the underbite.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I definitely noticed that while watching the movie. At least she doesn’t do the jaw thing Kiera does.

      • NeoCleo says:

        Thank you!! Knightley is far from a favorite of mine and I find her under bite SOOO distracting. It’s all I can focus on.

    • tealily says:

      YES! I was thinking this throughout the entire movie, but I’m not really getting the vibe from these photos.

    • Alan says:

      Absolutely right. I noticed the voice similarity immediately. I love Knightley and was thrilled by Ridley’performance in an otherwise pedestrian film. One can only hope that Ridley will share with KK the inability to be miscast.

  2. Farhi says:

    She looks very much like Keira especially when she talks. It is pretty impossible not to notice it.

  3. Claire says:

    Both are beautiful and look alike. No big deal.

  4. Allie says:

    Celebrity problems. Ugh, how does she handle living with the struggle of knowing that people thinks she looks like someone else?? The inhumanity of it all! She’s unique, damn it.

    • V4Real says:

      Wow the horror, right?

      Well maybe Keira might soon be saying “damn it that girl who looks like me is now getting all my roles because she is younger. My career is over because Hollywood thinks I’m over the hill at 30.” :)

    • Locke Lamora says:

      Yeah, cry me a river.

    • Lensblury says:

      I do get it. I have to say, I don’t know her and haven’t seen her in anything. But first of all, I don’t think she really looks like KK all too much. Second: There are so many people in this world, you’ll probably look like someone else, but if you’re in the same biz and you’re trying to do your own thing, I can see how that would get annoying. She’s probably worked and waited a while to get recognition and get to a certain level of display. Being compared just makes your work’s worth disappear, or at least it’s somewhat diminished, no matter if you’re being compared to a great artist/actress/actor or someone you wouldn’t want to identify with. It’s distracting. While it’s definitely a first world problem, I still feel for her. She’s young and she wants to be recognised for her own qualities. ETA: Having said that, I’d assume she’ll probably get over it after a while anyway.

      • Lille says:

        I do actually feel bad for her, because it means she will get passed over for roles. I don’t think she is saying she doesn’t want to look like her, she is obviously a beautiful person to be associated with. I think she is saying that it is problematic if casting people don’t see her as unique. So, she wants everyone to judge her on her own merits or uniqueness.
        If it were an actress who was 20+ years older, it might help her. But, with Keira only a tad bit older, people will just feel like she is a budget Keira Knightly.

  5. Mimz says:

    Well i get that she’s probably tired of being asked about it, but I mean, being compared to Keira can’t be the worst thing. And although she is pretty, I don’t think she’s as “striking” as Keira. But then again, they are two different women.
    She should just keep with the “oh really?” “I’ve heard” – type of answers and forget about it. No use in stressing about something you can’t change, girl.

  6. lower-case deb says:

    its like Keira and Natalie
    Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg
    Countess Sophie and Princess Diana
    Nelson Mandela and Morgan Freeman

    at some point you just grin and bear it, and sign the other people’s name and keep civil so as not to besmirch the other person’s reputation, i guess.

  7. Comity says:

    I get it. Sooooo frustrating when I get compared to Kate Upton. I mean, ugh, can’t I just be myself?

  8. teacakes says:

    I get that it’s frustrating but they really do look alike!

    They have the same colouring, very similar strong jaw and teeth, and even the eyes are kinda similar. There are photographs of Daisy smiling at the LA premiere which I honestly mistook for Keira for a sec (like I wondered if she was there because she had a bit part in the godawful prequels as Natalie Portman’s decoy).

    Still haven’t seen the movie but will do so over Christmas, so if anyone has theories on the possible resemblance between Daisy and the previous women of Star Wars, please don’t spoil me in a reply to this.

  9. Tough Cookie says:

    I get constant comparisons to Farrah Fawcett. For decades now, I just have to resign myself. Oh poor Daisy, I feel your pain LOL LOL LOL

  10. jess1632 says:

    take a compliment much??? like its not a bad thing to resemble Keira in anyway shape or form. If someone said “wow u remind me ever so slightly of Kiera” I would be more than happy w myself that day lol for the comparison. SHES GORGEOUS

    and being the same age as this Daisy girl I feel it in my bones that she is gonna be a pill to deal w in the future.

  11. Farah says:

    If the rumors are true, and Rey is Luke’s daughter then it makes sense she has a resembles to Natalie Portman, young Carrie Fisher and even Kiera (who played Natalie’s double in Episode 1).

    • Original T.C. says:

      That’s a Bingo! Fans noticed right away that a Keira/Natalie look-aLike was deliberately cast as the lead. Is she really that clueless or playing dumb? A 5 year old Star Wars fan can make the connection and predict her future role.

      OK Ms. Daisy, we will all perform lobotomies and pretend that you do NOT look like a previous female Skywalker and her double.😉

    • Mela says:

      Pretty much.

      I hope this was exaggerated. Otherwise, girl needs to get some thicker skin. Actresses are constantly getting compared to one another. Keira is gorgeous and her similar looks were totally an advantage to her getting the role.

  12. Pandy says:

    When you are as famous as Kiera, we will stop comparing you. You’re never been on any radars so get over it.

  13. deezee says:

    She does have that vibe, it’s the mouth. But maybe JJ Abrams did it on purpose for reasons that shouldn’t be discussed.

  14. Armenthrowup says:

    I think it’s more of a typecasting thing. I do get that, and I think she’s expressing it very well, actually. She’s Daisy Ridley not Keira Knightley and she’s not saying there’s anything wrong with KK but she’s her own person. People are quick to pigeonhole young actresses based on their looks.

  15. lucy2 says:

    They really do look alike. I get that it’s annoying to be asked over and over, but maybe just say “How flattering, thanks” and move on.

  16. embertine says:

    Personally I thought illicit lovechild of Kiera and Jennifer Connolly, but it is impossible to miss how much like Kiera she seems when she speaks. Anyway, she’s great in this movie and I hope it’s the start of great things for her. I don’t want to spoil ANYTHING about the movie, but she is worthy.

  17. silken_floss says:

    Personally, I don’t see *shrugs*

    • Carol says:

      I didn’t see it either till I read this post. Now, I kind of see it but it is definitely not the first thing that pops into my mind when I see Daisy.

  18. Lucy says:

    I get it, and I hope the audience and the media let her grow past the comparisons and into her own person. I didn’t think she sounded like Keira at all though, other than the accent. Daisy’s voice is deeper. She was fantastic in the movie!! Super badass and quite sassy too!

    • tealily says:

      She really reminded me of Keira a lot, but I don’t think Keira could have pulled this role off nearly as well. Ridley was fantastic!

  19. msd says:

    I’ll give her a pass. She’s young and new to the game, she’ll learn pretty quickly not to complain, even slightly, about such things when doing press. Just let it go Daisy, before it becomes a ‘thing’.

    And yes she sounds spookily like Keira. That and her similar features are pretty hard to ignore.

  20. Minxx says:

    Keira is so much more beautiful and I’m not even a fan! Seriously, Daisy Ridley should be happy instead of bitching about it.

  21. perplexed says:

    Maybe she doesn’t want to get stuck/typecast doing period films.

    I guess I’d be annoyed if someone else had shooed off comparisons to Keira, but this girl is always so happy-looking it’s hard for me to get irritated by her. So even when she’s saying “don’t compare me to her” I picture her saying it with that happy smile on her face and beaming all sweetness and light.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Type casting in Hollywood is based on your last successful movie. So Daisy’s type casting is more likely to be of a kick-ass action star than a period movie actresses. Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses have spoken up on this in the past. She kept getting frompy ‘Winter’s Bone” type scripts until she did a sexy magazine shoot. It worked.?

      Also it’svannoying for her to complain about the media pointing out the obvious: J.J. “He is not Khan” chose you because you look like Keira and Natalie and you do!” They are just stating an observation and she is trying to act as though her similarity to those two women is not the reason she was hired. LOL.

      P.S. Daisy, age 23 is not 18 and Keira is not 50 girlfriend. Ageist much?

      • perplexed says:

        -”Type casting in Hollywood is based on your last successful movie”

        Yeah, I know. I was just kidding about the period pieces.

    • Original T.C. says:

      Oh got it. LMAO.☺️ Yes Keira really needs to try going out of her safe acting zone.

  22. mayamae says:

    I think Keira’s nose job threw off the balance of her features, and makes her under bite more exaggerated. I think she also looks better when her weight is up a little. I don’t see the resemblances other than the superficial. I think Keira talks like her jaw is wired closed.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=keira+knightley&view=detailv2&&id=1529D17ABEB79581BD63AB5B110DC151EBCF45D3&selectedIndex=180&ccid=RivHdX4s&simid=608025447041138693&thid=OIP.M462bc7757e2c30fa35b77bd001e85c42o1&ajaxhist=0

  23. rsrtdrt says:

    I know i’m going to get slated, but am i the only one who doesn’t think Keira knightely is beautiful and has wonderful bone structure?, she has a very large wide jaw and a botched nose job which makes her nose look super thin, but i’ve never seen these ‘amazing cheekbones’, all i see is her sucking in her cheeks and pouting her lips while she tries to act. Seriously. She also always sticks her head out at an odd angle to look thinner as well. As for Daisy, i actually think her resemblance to Keira makes her less attractive as ive never found Keira features pretty. But i feel sorry for her, she just wants to be remembered for being HER and looking like her and all the women on here are giving the typical, ”aw honey, shut up” responses, shes allowed to not want to be boxed in with all the superficial, ‘pretty’ young actresses is she?

    • perplexed says:

      I think some of Keira’s mannerisms can make her face look odd at times (i.e the pout thing or whatever that expression is) but overall I’d still classify her as very beautiful. I know the cheekbone thing is what people use as a barometer to gauge beauty, and I can see how her cheeks might be sucked in. Yet I find her face really pretty or appealing or, well, actressy-y (that kind of beauty that resonates well onscreen).

      I wasn’t annoyed by Daisy Ridley’s comments, but then I usually have to find someone annoying as a package (i.e Kristen Stewart) to find the comments irritating. Right now, I just think of her as the British actress who looks all sunshine-y, so I didn’t take her comments negatively.

  24. Moon says:

    I don’t see what’s wrong with what she said, it must get frustrating to be referred to as a copy of someone else and not yourself. She does look so much like Keira though, especially when she smiles.

  25. JFresh says:

    All I want to know is: did she and Oscar Isaacs hook up???!

  26. Marianne says:

    I especially think she looks like Keira when she smiles.

    And while it certainly isn’t the worst thing in the world to be compared to a beautiful talented actress, it must get annoying if you hear it on a constant basis.

  27. Nouveau says:

    Daisy’s MUCH prettier than Keira, who is so utterly off-putting with her terrible jaw and pout tic. Their voices and accents are quite different. Daisy’s a stronger actor too.

  28. Ashley says:

    It is weird especially the voice and mannerisms and even style wise it’s crazy.

  29. Jillybean says:

    Fucj that shit about Keira… She is annoying as hell…. No resemblance . Keira is such a painful flake…

  30. Emily says:

    Daisy Ridley looks like Jake Lloyd, who played young Anakin. Same round face, same kind of look. Better acting, because she’s older.
    I agree that she sounds like Keira Knightley though.

  31. Aubrey says:

    I nicknamed Kierra Knightly teeth a long time ago.

  32. Jfab says:

    They both look a lot like Natalie Portman. That is no accident. Keira played a body double to Natalie Portman’ Queen Amidala in one of the awful prequels.

    • ashley says:

      THIS. It makes sense. Depending on how things turn out storyline-wise, it could be incredibly intentional that she was cast. That said, she is a far better actress than Natalie Portman. But gee, i would NOT cry over being compared to Keira in any way! Such a compliment! She does have her own special thing going on though, and her acting and spirit really blew me away.

  33. jammypants says:

    I seriously must be the only person who doesn’t see the resemblance. she’s more a mix between Jennifer Connelly and Lena Headey.

    • Creme says:

      Lena Headey, absolutely. Jennifer C not so much. And definitely not KK. Don’t see that at all either.

  34. Christine says:

    I could have sworn she was related. I don’t think she looks a lot like her, but her mouth, voice and mannerisms is so much like her I just new she had to be a sister or close relative.