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Daisy Ridley had an exciting weekend. In addition to celebrating her 24th birthday, she also took home the MTV Movie Award for Breakthrough Performance for her stellar work in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.

Even after basking in the glow of her win with her gilded popcorn in hand, she's still remaining tight-lipped about Episode VIII.

What she was willing to do, however, was cast a shadow of doubt on a few popular theories floating around the internet. Backstage during the awards, Ridley spoke to MTV about rumors of Rey's parentage, her Force sensitivity, and what we can expect to see of her character in the upcoming Star Wars movies.

Via Lucasfilm
Via Lucasfilm

First of all, she made it clear that just because she and Rogue One's lead Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) share some resemblance, that doesn't necessarily mean she's Rey's mother:

“I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom.
"I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is.”
Via Lucasfilm
Via Lucasfilm

She makes a good point, but the similarities between the two characters is pretty uncanny. That being said, Ridley's statement doesn't denounce the theory entirely; rather, it just creates a little more doubt.

What come as even more of a surprise was her assertion that she doesn't consider Rey to be a Jedi:

“I don’t know if I am a Jedi… I don’t think I am.
"We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, oh I’m going on an adventure like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.”

Maybe Rey hasn't completed the necessary training to deserve the title of Jedi, but given her aptitude for mind tricks and the ability to call a lightsaber, I had her locked as Jedi. Either way, after Mark Hamill's birthday tweet to Ridley, we know she'll learn the ways of the Force with the help of Luke Skywalker, Yoda style.

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' will hit theaters on December 16 and 'Star Wars: Episode VIII' will be released on December 15, 2017.

Do you have any theories about Rey and Jyn Erso? Share them with us in the comments section below!

(Source: MTV News)


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