In a move that mirrored George Lucas in the original Star Wars back in 1977, The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams elected to discover new talent by searching out relative unknowns in an open audition.
The chosen one, Daisy Ridley, impressed producers enough to land the role of Rey, and went from obscurity to the famous, Force maneuvering face of a $2 billion movie in a matter of months.
"I Was Very Sick"
In a recent interview with Goss.ie (above), the 23-year-old actress revealed the journey wasn't all plain sailing. Things took a turn for the worse while filming on the idyllic Irish Island, Skellig Michael, with Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. She said:
"I'll be honest with you, I was very sick one of the days we filmed. Mark was trying to do his serious acting, and I was like, retching in the cooler. I'm not kidding it was so awful."
Early on in the making of the film, she also revealed adjusting to the pressures of a high profile actress was an arduous process, explaining J.J. Abrams called her "wooden" on her first day, which left her feeling like she "wanted to die" and "couldn't breathe."
An Incredible Experience
However, despite some minor setbacks, the actress managed to power through, and has won critical acclaim for her breakthrough performance. In an interview with Vulture, she confirmed overall it was an enjoyable experience. She said:
"My experience has been incredible. I’ve felt supported and respected the whole way through."
Ridley will be returning to the role of Rey for Star Wars: Episode VIII, which has now begun filming. A recent teaser clip (view in all its glory below) shows Rey opposite Skywalker, in what promises to be one of the integral storylines of the next installment of the franchise.
The only downside is we have to wait until December 2017 until the film's release.
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Source: Comic Book