For most actors, being cast in a production such as Star Wars is a dream come true, but for this actress, it had some negative impacts following!
After playing Rey in the rebooted Star Wars movies, which ended with 2019’s blockbuster hit The Rise of Skywalker, Ridley's status within the industry and beyond hit the roof, and she quickly became a household name.
She found herself applying for roles early 2020, hoping for the next big role, but sadly has said to be unfortunate so far! “Weirdly, at the beginning of the year, nothing was coming through,” Ridley told Entertainment Weekly.
“I was like, ‘Aww! No one wants to employ me’… There were actually loads of things that I auditioned for at the beginning of the year and didn’t get any of them.”
She added: “I had that moment of, ‘Oh my god!’ and then just thought, ‘Everything in its right time.'”
Ridley says she struggled for work, and then the Coronavirus Pandemic took hold of the entertainment industry and shut down everything. The COVID-19 lockdown allowed her to finally “process” exiting the franchise.
“To be forced to slow down, it was good mentally for me because [Star Wars was] a big thing in my life,” she stated.
“To be forced to slow down, it was good mentally for me because [Star Wars was] a big thing in my life,” she said.
Other than the Star Wars franchise, Ridley appeared in 2017’s Murder on the Orient Express and voiced a rabbit in 2018’s Peter Rabbit.
The actress, who once claimed to be "as privileged as co-star actor John Boyega" stated in a previous interview with Irish Times when asked if she thinks it has been easier to be confident and navigate her celebrity because of the privilege in her life – of boarding school, her upbringing and so on. Ridley was suddenly incredulous.
“The privilege I have – how? No, genuinely, how?”
Extracted from the Irish Times Interview with Daisy Riddley:
“Well no, because, no…” There is a very long and tense pause before she insists that, actually, there is little difference between her experience and that of her costar John Boyega, who grew up in south London to British Nigerian immigrant parents. “John grew up on a council estate in Peckham, and I think me and him are similar enough that… no.” I don’t point out that members of Ridley’s family were Establishment figures (her grandfather John Ridley OBE was head of engineering at the BBC from 1950 to 1965; his brother was the Dad’s Army actor and playwright Arthur Ridley), while Boyega had to apply for a hardship fund to join Theatre Peckham.
Although complaining about not securing roles, Ridley will star alongside Tom Holland in the movie Chaos Walking, which wrapped up production in 2017 but was forced tow hit years in development to complete reshoots due to the franchise schedules of Ridley and Holland. So far, that movie will not be released until 2021.