Daisy Ridley admits being cast in Star Wars at age 21 was a 'crazy f***ng thing'

Daisy Ridley admits being cast in Star Wars at age 21 was a ‘crazy f***ng thing’ as she speaks candidly about struggling with fame after being thrust into the spotlight

She’s set to appear in her final Star Wars film as Jedi hopeful Rey.

And Daisy Ridley admitted it was a ‘crazy f***ng thing’ when she was cast in the beloved franchise at the age of 21, as she spoke candidly about her career with NET-A-PORTER's digital title, Porter, on Friday.

The Murder On The Orient Express star, 27, said of becoming famous overnight: ‘People don't believe me when I say this, but I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.

Candid: Daisy Ridley admitted being cast in Star Wars at age 21 was a 'crazy f***ng thing' as she spoke about struggling with fame with Porter magazine on Friday

Candid: Daisy Ridley admitted being cast in Star Wars at age 21 was a ‘crazy f***ng thing’ as she spoke about struggling with fame with Porter magazine on Friday

‘I knew this was a film that was going to be watched by so many people, but I was more concerned with how long it would take to make, how long I would be in that world.’ 

Daisy also admitted that since being thrust into the spotlight in Star Wars ‘ninety percent of the time, [she is] so grateful’ but the rest of the time she finds it ‘so scary.'

While she said of being cast so young: ‘Being in your early twenties is a crazy f***ng thing anyway. You're trying to figure out: “What do I like? What don't I like?”‘ 

Honest: The Murder On The Orient Express star, 27, said of becoming famous overnight: 'People don't believe me when I say this, but I really didn't know what I was getting myself into'

Honest: The Murder On The Orient Express star, 27, said of becoming famous overnight: ‘People don't believe me when I say this, but I really didn't know what I was getting myself into’

Despite her joy at being a part of Star Wars, Daisy admits that it didn’t come without consequence as she has had to come to terms with the pressure of fame and people recognising her wherever she goes.

‘I remember coming out of the toilet at the first premiere and people were staring at me. It was really strange,’ she explained. ‘I couldn't figure out why they were looking. I always find the sudden intrusion difficult to navigate. But I am getting better at it.’

Since taking on the role of Rey in Star Wars Daisy has gone on to star in Kenneth Branagh’s Murder On The Orient Express, Peter Rabbit and most recently Ophelia.

Directed by Claire McCarthy and adapted from Lisa Klein’s novel by Semi Chellas, the story turns the iconic Shakespeare play on its head and instead focuses on Ophelia, and her life at court. 

Honest: Despite her joy at being a part of Star Wars, Daisy admits that it didn't come without consequence as she has had to come to terms with people recognising her wherever she goes

Honest: Despite her joy at being a part of Star Wars, Daisy admits that it didn’t come without consequence as she has had to come to terms with people recognising her wherever she goes

Upsetting: While she has been expanding her filmography since appearing in Star Wars, and said Ophelia's disappointing box office results 'hurt like hell'

Upsetting: While she has been expanding her filmography since appearing in Star Wars, and said Ophelia’s disappointing box office results ‘hurt like hell’

Daisy stars in the title role and sees the classic tale of Hamlet told through her eyes, but the actress shared her disappointment as she felt only ‘two people saw it.’

‘That sh*t hurt like hell, but you can only do your bit on set, and then a movie just takes on its own life,’ she said of the film’s lacklustre box office results, despite critical acclaim for the drama. 

But, even so, Daisy tried to remain positive as she said of her future: ‘The more I do out of the Rey costume, the more people see me as an actor. Now I am just trying to march to the beat of my own drum.’

To see the full interview with Daisy Ridley read Porter and/or download the NET-A-PORTER app for iPhone, iPad and Android. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be released on December 19 in the UK, and on December 20 in the US. 

So soon: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be released on December 19 in the UK, and on December 20 in the US

So soon: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is set to be released on December 19 in the UK, and on December 20 in the US

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