DisneyStar Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives Friday. It’s the second Star Wars go-around for star Daisy Ridley, who made her debut as Rey in The Force Awakens, but she tells ABC News that being a Star Wars veteran didn’t make her second time any easier.
“I think the second time around filming was scarier, because I had more of a sense of what it was,” she says. “I had a sense of the fandom; I had a sense of the reaction to the film, everything; and so I had a lot of questions about the story.”
Many of those questions, Ridley says, revolved around the relationship between her character and John Boyega’s reformed Stormtrooper, Finn.
“I was like, ‘If Rey and Finn are the things that people really liked, how does it work if Rey and Finn aren’t together for a lot of the film?'” she says. “So there were a lot of questions I had that made the filming process so scary.”
Although Ridley’s been part of the Star Wars family now for three years — she was cast as Rey in 2014 — she admits she hasn’t fully geeked out on Star Wars. “Someone just told me about a novelization and I was like, ‘I’ve never heard about this before,'” she acknowledges.
Speaking of Star Wars vets, The Last Jedi of course marks the final appearance of one of the series’ beloved originals, the late Carrie Fisher. Ridley says that Fisher’s Leia is a major presence in The Last Jedi.
“I think even if the tragedy hadn’t have happened, it’s really emotional,” Ridley says. “Her storyline is really emotional, but obviously there’s added weight to everything now.”
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