Daisy Ridley unrecognised on Star Wars set

Actress Daisy Ridley plays Rey in the new Star Wars movies.
Actress Daisy Ridley plays Rey in the new Star Wars movies.

Daisy Ridley can go on the Star Wars set unrecognised if she dresses in her regular clothes.

The British newcomer, who shot to fame playing Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, began filming the follow-up in February and she enjoys the project so much that she visits the set even when she isn't due to film any scenes.

She also admits most of the team don't even realise it's her without her Rey costume.

"I go to the set even when I'm not wanted, just so people remember me," she tells London's Evening Standard. "When I walk onto the set in my civvies (civilian clothes) they don't recognise me, but when I'm in costume they're like, 'There's Rey,' and it's such a nice feeling."

A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
A scene from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Ridley never predicted how popular the new movie would be and finds it overwhelming if she thinks about it too much.

"It's hard to fathom, so I take it in small doses," she adds. "I think, when everything's done, in 10 or 20 years, I'll be able to look at it and take everything in."

The 23-year-old hopes she won't be typecast as an action or sci-fi star and she believes her social media accounts can help show she is different to Rey. She wants variety in career, including a stint on the stage once she conquers her nerves.

"I know in my mind what I want to achieve. This is one incredible thing and is going to lead to more things - hopefully more genres," Ridley says.

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"I'd love to do theatre, but I get really bad stage fright. So I'm going to have to feel like I have real skills in film before I go to another format."

Ridley recently confirmed she is in talks to take over from Angelina Jolie in a new series of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider movies.


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