The Star Wars sequel trilogy made Daisy Ridley a household name. Fame, however, comes with a price, it seems. By the time critics got a hold of The Rise of Skywalker, it was evident that the sequels would not be the beloved ending to the Skywalker saga perhaps Disney and Lucasfilm had hoped they’d be. The negativity surrounding the films seems to have enveloped its star, as well. Earlier this year Ridley wondered if she was still employable. In a more recent interview, she reveals how some in the entertain industry view her as an actor…. And it’s not flattering.
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Daisy Ridley spoke to the British magazine Tattler in conjunction with her upcoming February cover feature. It seems some involved in the production of Chaos Walking found the twenty-eight year old actor “intimidating.” Here’s what she had to say:
I’ve been told that I’m intimidating. That was on Chaos Walking. I was having my hair done, having my wig put on. I remember thinking, ‘God, should I be smaller? Should I be quieter?’”
Daisy Ridley: too intimidating for Hollywood?
I’ve been called aggressive, too,” she continued:
My energy is ‘quite aggressive.’ That was during a meeting with a director. I was thinking: ‘But why? Is it because I maintained eye contact? Is it because I’m passionate about what we’re talking about?’ I dunno. “You have that horrible sinking feeling of, ‘God, do I not come across the way I think I do?’”
Logic tends to suggest that Daisy Ridley is still falling victim to old-school Hollywood misogyny. In that she’s a young, up-and-coming and popular actor, it wouldn’t surprise us one bit if that was main reason for the lack of work she’s gotten in the wake of The Rise of Skywalker. Then again, let’s not forget that Chaos Rising was at one point deemed “unwatchable.” Nevertheless, whatever the reason for the accusations, Ridley is still “A Okay” in our book.