Daisy Ridley had to run out and cry after watching The Rise of Skywalker for the first time. Star Wars fans aren't the only ones who are getting emotional after watching the latest and final installment in the sequel trilogy. The review embargo for the threequel has lifted and Ridley, along with Adam Driver have been praised for the emotional performances, though there have been quite a few negative reviews too. Regardless, Ridley stands by the movie.
The Rise of Skywalker cast and crew all saw the final cut of the movie during a private screening well before the Star Wars 9 world premiere earlier this week. For everybody, including director J.J. Abrams, it was the very first time they saw the movie as a whole and it was quite the experience, notes Daisy Ridley. She had this to say about seeing the movie for the first time.
"We all sort of sat around a bit stunned. And then I was trying to scurry off into the car to cry and [producer] Michelle Rejwan and [screenwriter] Chris Terrio were like, 'No, go on.' I was like, 'I don't want to cry in front of you! I just want to get in the car.'"
As for what made her cry, Daisy Ridley did not go into much detail, but it seems like The Rise of Skywalker climax was what did it. Since the Star Wars 9 reviews are up, we do know that there is a lot to process at the end of the movie, even for the actors and crew who were involved in the making of it. Star Wars fans will get a chance to experience it for themselves starting tomorrow during the Thursday preview screenings. Ridley went on to talk about the pacing of the movie. She explains.
"It's, like, super snappy. So you're sort of so tuned in that we really didn't process it until the end. Then suddenly, you're like, 'Oh... oh my gosh,' ... it's very overwhelming."
Overwhelming has been a word that keeps popping up in The Rise of Skywalker first reactions. It seems that there is a lot going on in the movie without a whole lot of time to do so, which has been what a lot of fans have been worrying about. J.J. Abrams was tasked with putting an end to the Skywalker Saga, which is not an easy thing to pull off, but it seems that he kept adding extra elements in that might not have been needed, though that's not why Daisy Ridley was crying.
For Daisy Ridley, her time in the Star Wars franchise appears to be done, at least for now. She has no plans to return, but that could all change in the near future, especially with Disney+'s success with The Mandalorian. Regardless, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that these sequel trilogy characters will be able to return at some point down the line. You can check out Entertainment Tonight for the rest of the interview with Ridley.