Daisy Ridley reveals how she went to therapy to deal with 'Star Wars' fame
Imagine, for one minute, being in Star Wars. It would be completely insane, wouldn't it? It's undoubtedly the biggest movie franchise to have ever existed and by appearing in it, you instantly become one of the most sought-after people in the acting industry.
Daisy Ridley, the lead woman from The Force Awakens and the upcoming The Last Jedi, knows exactly what this feels like. The 25-year-old from London, UK, was working in a bar at the time she got the call from JJ Abrams, offering her a role in the film. Due to her lack of experience (Abrams was determined to cast an unknown), Ridley had no idea how much appearing in the behemoth franchise would affect the rest of her life.
While it was her first movie, Star Wars has been a way of life for many super fans, who adore the characters within the films.
Speaking to Vogue about her meteoric rise to fame, Ridley said that she initially found her newfound publicity difficult to deal with.
“Everything was so confusing,” she said. “People were recognising me — I still don’t know how to handle it. My skin got really bad because I was stressed. It was crippling. I just felt so seen and so self-conscious."
Ridley said that things began to get weird when people began to start appearing at her family home.
“[One time] I heard a knock on the door. These two guys went, ‘Hey, Daisy, can I get an autograph?’ and I literally went, ‘No f**king way.’ My mum said to me, ‘Everyone’s trying to take ownership of you.’"
However, the young actress decided to seek help in order to appreciate her new position.
“I went and saw a lovely lady. I felt like I was sort of reducing myself because I was so worried that people would recognise me. [Then I thought], ‘You know what? I want to dance through life. I don’t want to scuttle’.”
Ridley credits the late Carrie Fisher for giving her advice when it comes to dating while being famous. Speaking about the legendary actress, she began to tear up.
“I’d never met anyone who was openly bipolar before, who discussed loving glitter because of her LSD days. [She told me it was hard to date afterwards] because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, ‘I had sex with Princess Leia‘.”
If there's one woman Ridley should take advice from, it's Fisher. There's never been an actress and a role so intertwined as Fisher and Leia, as the actress said in her autobiography, The Princess Diarist:
“I had never been Princess Leia before and now I would be her forever. I would never not be Princess Leia. I had no idea how profoundly true that was and how long forever was.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is set to hit cinemas on December 15 and no doubt it will be a universal success. Fair play to Daisy for speaking out about her issues when she first found fame, it can't be easy to go from pulling pints to walking red carpets.