Daisy Ridley felt like she wanted to quit Star Wars during Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Ridley was basically pulled from obscurity when she signed on to play Rey in the latest sequel trilogy, so there was a lot more going on than just taking a big role. This is the Star Wars franchise we're talking about here and there was and is a lot of pressure that comes along with attaching your name to it. As J.J. Abrams said in the past, it's really like a religion, when discussing how intense the fandom can be.
J.J. Abrams told Daisy Ridley that taking the role in The Force Awakens is not like taking on a role in a normal movie. "This is a religion for people," Abrams told Ridley when she signed on board. The director is not far off the mark in his description to the young actress. However, even with a warning of what she was getting herself into, Ridley still felt like she could quit. She explains.
"It was pretty horrid. It was really scary. I felt just sick and I didn't really know anyone yet. It takes me a really long time to settle down with people. And I do remember being behind the speeder and there were loads of people there and somebody had an umbrella over me and even that, like, 'Oh someone's holding an umbrella over you? OK.' And I remember thinking, 'I can't do it.' Like I can't do this, this is not right."
Keep in mind, this is before anyone saw The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi. This was way before the backlash on social media started to spread, which ended up being the reason Daisy Ridley deleted her accounts. Even her own mother was aware of the pressures and was quite shocked she landed the role of Rey. Ridley had this to say.
"But even my mom at the premiere of Force Awakens went, 'I mean I'm nervous, but there must be a reason why they cast you.' Thanks mom. It still sort of carried on, but I feel more confident now."
Daisy Ridley has come out stronger because of her role in the Star Wars universe, both professionally and mentally. If one can survive The Last Jedi backlash, they can do anything. Now, the Skywalker saga is finally coming to a close and Ridley doesn't see herself coming back, which is understandable because of where the franchise is heading. It's also understandable that the young actress is going to need a little bit of a breather before having anything to do with Star Wars again.
The Rise of Skywalker is hitting theaters at the end of the year and Daisy Ridley, along with the rest of the cast and crew, are going to be on the press tour for a while. But, it does not end there for anyone who has been a part of the Star Wars franchise. It is now a way of life for Ridley as she is a part of the religion now, just like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Samuel L. Jackson, and many, many more. The interview with Ridley was originally conducted by the Happy Sad Confused Podcast.