By the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens it had become very clear that Daisy Ridley was not only going to be leading the franchise forward over the upcoming sequels to the blockbuster, but that she was a prestigious new acting talent too.
One of the most pivotal moments of Daisy Ridley’s turn as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens occurred in the film’s final moments, when she stood opposite Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker.
Obviously, shooting such an integral moment was always going to be fraught with concerns and problems. But there was one issue during that particular day of filming that even Daisy Ridley couldn’t have prepared for, as she was stricken by an illness that hampered her efforts.
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Daisy Ridley made these comments while talking to Goss.ie.
“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.”
The shooting location for this particular Star Wars: The Force Awakens scene didn’t really help Daisy Ridley and her condition though, as it took place on the island of Skellig Michael, which is located off the coast of Ireland.
In fact, the sequence itself was probably rather taxing for Daisy Ridley too, because the 23-year-old had to walk up myriad stairs in order to reach the isolated Jedi master, who had gone into the hiding after Adam Driver’s Ben Solo had embraced the dark side and became Kylo Ren.
Once finally at the summit, she then had to stand on the top of the little island, while only wearing a cloak and some rather thin-looking other garments, all of which only probably exacerbated her illness.
Meanwhile, Mark Hamill was probably going full pelt and putting all of his acting talent into his performance, as it was his only scene in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Daisy Ridley will have plenty of opportunity to make up to Mark Hamill for what she might perceive to be second-rate acting though, as the pair will be sharing plenty of scenes opposite each other in Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Daisy Ridley made these comments during her appearance at the U.S.-Ireland Alliance’s 11th annual Oscar Wilde Awards, where she was presented with an award for her meteoric rise, which she her plucked from obscurity to appear in what’s now the third highest-grossing film of all time.
During her speech, Daisy Ridley made sure to thank J.J. Abrams for casting her in the film, explaining that, as you’d expect, her life has changed rather drastically since that fateful day.
According to Variety, Daisy Ridley explained her gratitude.
“J.J., I can never thank you enough for your faith, your patience, your kindness and your guidance through this whole crazy thing… I cannot believe what has happened since that day you called me. I had the most incredible experience on VII, and was thrilled that audiences seemed to share in the joy that you and Larry [Kasdan] created. I was clueless as to what it takes to make a film … Your set was the stuff of dreams.”
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Meanwhile, while on the red carpet before the celebrity bash, Daisy Ridley also spoke about her first ever paid acting gig, which consisted of her eating a pork-pie over and over again.
“My first ever acting role to be broadcast to the U.K. was a commercial for a supermarket,” Ridley told People. “I had to eat a pork pie over and over again. I was working at a pub at the time and the guy that used to come in a lot told me he had never seen anyone take a happier bite — it wasn’t happy. The pork pie was really f****** grim, I was thrilled to be working.”
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