ByKristin Lai, writer at
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens left us with a lot of questions begging to be answered, but there's one thing we know for sure: Rey is a badass.

Whether she's escaping First Order forces in the desert wasteland of Jakku or piloting the Millennium Falcon, her character proved to be a strong heroine for Star Wars fans, old and new. And much like the character she portrays, Daisy Ridley quickly stole our hearts as the coolest Force-sensitive scavenger in the galaxy.

Today BuzzFeed released a video teasing The Secrets Of The Force Awakens. This quick behind-the-scenes look gives us a glimpse of the making of Episode VII and previously unreleased footage of Ridley's audition.

In the video, we see director J.J. Abrams' comments on their challenge in finding a relatively unknown actor to play someone as complex and dynamic as Rey:

“What we were looking for was someone new. This character needed to be vulnerable and tough, sweet and terrified. And to find someone that no one knew who could do all these things took a lot of looking.”

Despite seeing a number of talented people come in to read for the part, Ridley's impression on Abrams and the other casting directors was undeniable. Based on the quick clips we can see, there's really no question as to how Ridley earned this role of a lifetime. In short, she killed it.

Look At That Internal Struggle!

The script called for an intense torture scene, which is a daunting task for even the most seasoned actor. But Ridley nailed the reading each time she did it.

Look At That Single Tear!

Abrams said of the audition:

“She just blew my mind. She’s reaching this depth of struggle, and tears are streaming down her face, I thought, ‘This is unbelievable.’”

Look At That Acting!

So much emotion!

After seeing The Force Awakens, there isn't a shred of doubt in my mind that the right actress was cast in the role. Personally, I can't wait to see more of Rey's story unfold in the upcoming films.

Be sure to check out BuzzFeed for the rest of Daisy Ridley's powerful audition footage.

'The Secrets Of The Force Awakens' will be released with the 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Digital HD and Blu-Ray, out April 1 and 5.

Who was your favorite character in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'?

(Source: Buzzfeed)


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