“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” star Daisy Ridley covers the latest issue of Porter magazine photographed by Matthew Sprout and styled by Natasha Royt.
On the lightning-strike moment that changed everything: “People don’t believe me when I say this, but I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into,” she says. “I knew this was a film that was going to be watched by so many people, but I was more concerned with how long it would take to make, how long I would be in that world. I didn’t know about press tours. I was like, ‘Why are we going to Germany? Or China?’ And then it became more like, ‘Oh God. Are you okay? Are they taking care of you?’”
On how many moving parts had to click into place to set her on her current trajectory: “I’m not blind to the fact that if I’d auditioned on a different day, or worn something else…,” she says. “I did my hair in French plaits for the first audition, and I remember Nina [Gold, the casting director] said: ‘Imagine if you hadn’t worn the French braids. What would have happened?’ I can’t help but think what a strange thing this has been. Being in your early twenties is a crazy f***ing thing anyway. You’re trying to figure out, ‘What do I like? What don’t I like?’”
On the attention that comes with being famous: “I remember coming out of the toilet at the first premiere and people were staring at me. It was really strange. I couldn’t figure out why they were looking,” she says. “I always find the sudden intrusion difficult to navigate. But I am getting better at it.”
[Photo Credit: Matthew Sprout/Porter Magazine]