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Daisy Ridley Describes Emotion Of Star Wars: Episode IX, Slams Critics

Two weeks and two days. That’s all that separates us from the epic conclusion of a Star Wars saga that began some forty-two years ago. When Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters, Daisy Ridley (Rey) will be front and center. She’s already featured prominently in nearly every film promo to date. Ridley recently spoke to British GQ about her experience filming Episode IX. And, accordingly to the actress, her Rise of Skywalker final scenes will be emotional.

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Image: Alexi Lubomirski for British GQ

A main topic of the discussion was, of course, the difficulty in producing the film without the late Carrie Fisher.  Fisher, as we know, passed away three years ago now. Moving on without her was awkward and sad enough. Compounding the awkwardness was the fact that Daisy Ridley still had to film scenes with Fisher’s character, Leia Organa:

It was definitely difficult. It was emotional doing it, because you’re also weirdly picturing her. You’re not picturing how the scene is going to be. It’s really sad. And it’s going to be really sad. But also, it’s amazing that they have all this footage that is woven into the story in such a strange way.”

Daisy Ridley talks Rey, slams critics

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Daisy Ridley (Rey) in The Rise of Skywalker. (Image: Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Of her character, Daisy Ridley hints at a sorrowful ending in The Rise of Skywalker. “The scene was me being very sad,” said Ridley. “Let’s just say it was not hard to be upset in that scene…. It felt like an end….” Regardless of what happens, the Star Wars star is prepared for whatever fans have to say. And frankly, she has little patience for the trolls that have come to plague the Star Wars fan base.

There are people that are never going to fuckin’ like it and there’s no other way around it…. It’s impossible to make everyone happy. Some of the shit people have said to me about Star Wars you wouldn’t believe. I have had people say to me, ‘I mean, it wasn’t a great film, was it?’ I’m like, that’s just bad manners. That’s fuckin’ not nice.”

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Image: Alexi Lubomirski for British GQ

Let’s face it; she’s not wrong. Sure, the franchise definitely has its faults. Still, “fans” have taken to extremes, often times vulgar, derogatory extremes, in expressing their displeasure. Notwithstanding, Daisy Ridley remains optimistic that fans will appreciate The Rise of Skywalker:

I think people are going to feel like this was made with a lot of love and JJ [Abrams] worked really hard to tie up nine films.”

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens December 20.   

Source: British GQ

By JJ Goodman

Lawyer by trade, writer by passion. Author of 'The Deep Space Chronicles' series available at, a rambling blog at, and musings on all things 'Star Wars' here at That Hashtag Show.

One reply on “Daisy Ridley Describes Emotion Of Star Wars: Episode IX, Slams Critics”

Good for her. As an old time SW fan I will say I was a bit disappointed with Ep. 8 but I have NEVER had an issue with her role and I have never been on other message boards slamming any of the movies. I have enjoyed her character and take it as it comes. I try not to dissect each and every scene. I’m just enjoying that Star Wars will continue without Lucas.

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