Daisy Ridley didn’t think she was good in ‘Force Awakens,’ she ‘struggled’ with that

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MOAR STARS! Magazines should put more actual stars on their covers. Stars, stars, stars. I love this Elle UK cover of Daisy Ridley! It could have been a cold image for any month, but they made it Christmasy by adding stars and that makes me happy. Obviously, Daisy is promoting The Last Jedi, where we will likely learn more about Rey’s past and Rey’s future, I would assume. Daisy chats with the magazine about the film, Carrie Fisher and endometriosis. Some highlights:

Harrison Ford reminds Daisy of her father: “They both have an earring and are f**king awesome.”

Carrie Fisher told her to enjoy her fame & success: “And that was wonderful. At work, you’re normal, you’re not the anomaly, unlike in other situations.”

She felt more pressure with the second film: “I didn’t think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that.”

Dealing with endometriosis: “I was in my flat going nuts, and then my skin got really bad in the stress of it all, and I hadn’t been well – I had holes in my gut wall and stuff – and we were trying to figure out what to do with that because I’d felt poorly.”

Having fewer scenes with John Boyega in the second film: “It’s not this big adventure that I’m on with John [unlike the first movie]. I was thinking I did the first one because I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I’m realising what this actually is, and I can’t f**king do this. I’m highly dramatic – so it’s all ‘oh my God’…finally I was like ‘Oh yeah, this is working.”

Meeting Barbara Streisand: “I went to her house and we talked about [psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl] Jung because my dad loves Jung, and we were talking about dreams, and I left and got super emotional, not because she’s famous, but because she’s amazing. Part of her reputation comes from being a woman. If it was a man being ‘controlling’ about his career, people would just say he knows what he wants.’

[From Elle UK]

“I’m highly dramatic – so it’s all ‘oh my God’” – I think this explains Daisy in a nutshell. At least she owns that about herself! She’s a little bit melodramatic and highly emotional and that’s okay. We can’t all be deeply repressed cynics (cough). As for the rest of it… “I didn’t think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that.” The thing is, she didn’t blow me away as an actress either, but that’s pretty much the tradition in the Star Wars films. They’re not known for their superior acting.

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Photos courtesy of WENN, cover courtesy of Elle UK.

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  1. Lucy says:

    I like Daisy a whole lot. And I really enjoyed her in the movie! Looking forward to the next one.

    • WMGDtoo says:

      I finally saw it and I thought she was perfect. I think there was some good character development. She made me really like the character. I’m so looking forward to The Last Jedi as well. She would have made a fabulous Lara Croft. I really like her a lot.

  2. PPP says:

    The scene where she’s guarding her mind against Kylo Ren– that was good acting.

  3. Naomi says:

    Yeah her acting wasn’t great, but she was earnest, so it made it less of an issue. JB was great and it makes me laugh he’s get slated for his acting especially to build Daisy Ridley up

    • Megan says:

      The only person who cares that she didn’t deliver an Oscar worthy performance is Daisy. The movie was an absolute delight.

    • INeedANap says:

      I think she will improve, and she was already leagues better than Whiny Baby Vader so good on her.

    • kimbers says:

      I agree. It wasn’t the worst acting, but you could tell it was a person acting.

  4. Hh says:

    I just didn’t like the handling of her using the force. She’s not a Jedi master yet, but she was a little more advanced than she should have been in order to feel more believable. However, we’re in outer space here so it’s all relative. Lol. However, I still enjoyed the movie.

  5. Zondie says:

    I thought she performed well on the first film. When she speaks of her endometriosis I can’t imagine how much pain she must be in while trying to work.

  6. grabbyhands says:

    “because I’d felt poorly.”

    Is that British reserve? I heard endometriosis hurts like a motherf*cker. I’m glad she feels better because it doesn’t sound like anything to mess with and I can’t imagine trying to deal with that when you carry at least some of the weight of one of the most famous film franchises in history.

    I thought she was great in FA. She and John Boyega gave the movie its heart.

    • Digitial Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      She was ok in FA, the thing that stopped her ‘acting’ from being terrible was the on screen chemistry with John Boyega (who is a very good actor). That chemistry carried her.

  7. Astrid says:

    I like the way she comes and goes on celebrity gossip sites. There’s the occasional interesting blip and then she goes away for a while. She seems like she has her head together in the grand scheme of things.

  8. Nicole says:

    I like Daisy and she’s dealt with a lot of crap really well (including deleting her IG over comments). I think she owns who she is which is okay in my book…a little dramatics never hurt anybody

  9. JosieH says:

    After seeing her in the Star Wars movie and Murder on the Orient Express, I’d say she isn’t much of an actress but she definitely has a great presence on-screen (which can’t be taught). She’s a movie star.

  10. Nick says:

    She was my least favorite part of TFA. We’ll see how she does on the next one