Ridley is gearing up to reprise her role as Rey, the flinty heroine and suspected Jedi, in the third film of the Star Wars trilogy: The Rise of Skywalker, in theaters December 20.
Here for Marie Claire, Ridley shares how she prepared for her final Star Wars film, her rumored engagement to actor Tom Bateman, what her dream performance would be, and how she stays present in the moment.
On giving it her all in the upcoming The Rise of Skywalker: “It’s the first time I’ve filmed more confident because I feel like there was nothing else I could’ve done.”
On her favorite Star Wars film: “The third one for me was the best. It’s a big film for everyone. I did all of the emotions: I did frowns, I did smiles, it was the sort of biggest breadth, and I think that’s also why I had such a good time, because I got to do so much shit—like, physically, emotionally—and I got to work with so many people.”
On her rumored engagement to actor Tom Bateman: “The thing is, I’ve never talked about my personal life. So I won’t talk about it now. I’m so aware of how much information about my life is out there, so if there’s one thing I don’t want to talk about…”
On her dream to perform in a musical one day: “Every meeting I’ve gone to, every studio I’ve been to, every director I’ve met, every producer. Bless J.J., when people come to visit set, he’ll be like, ‘Daisy can sing!’ It’s like, ‘Thanks, dude. Appreciate that.’”
On enjoying the moment: “I get a bit scared because this year a lot of good things happened. You’re like, ‘Oh no, is the universe storing up something?’ But then I was like, ‘Well, fuck it if it is. I’d best enjoy this time.’”
Q: What is something people will be surprised to know about you?
A: That I love Ariana Grande
Q: Favorite couch snack?
A: Dark chocolate
Q: Last text you sent?
A: To my mother asking if she was okay and she said she was watching “Grace & Frankie” and that RuPaul was a guest star
Q: Last song that got stuck in your head?
A: “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac
Q: Last book you read?
A: “The Signature of All Things” by Elizabeth Gilbert
Q: Word your friends would use to describe you?
Q: What should every woman try at least once in her life?
A: Everyone should go to dinner by themselves and without their phone because it is freeing
Q: What is the best gift you’ve received?
A: All of the pretty things I’ve been sent so please keep sending them
Q: How did you make your first dollar?
A: I dressed up as an elf in a shopping mall that was for a treasure hunt but then I got upgraded to a fairy princess
Q: Chocolate or cheese?
A: There are great vegan cheeses, but I’d always say chocolate
Q: Word that makes you cringe?
Q: What can you not miss on TV?
A: I finally joined the “Game of Thrones” train. I’m into it in a big way
This article originally appears in the Holiday 2019 issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands November 21.
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