If ever there was a young actress who entered a year poised for the biggest breakthrough of her career (or anyone’s career, for that matter), it is London’s Daisy Ridley in 2015.
You may be familiar with a successful ‘niche’ movie series called “Star Wars”. In the late 90’s/early 2000’s, it got derailed by things called Jar Jar, pod-racing, and midi-chlorians. Then, a small company called Disney took over the series and let someone little-known director named JJ Abrams oversee a new series of films. Does any of this ring a bell?
Before you start sticking your middle finger at your computer screen… YES, I am kidding… The biggest pop culture phenomenon in the past half-century has been “Star Wars”. But, the thrill and excitement that these movies created ran completely out of steam, courtesy of prequel trilogy (which was good in some parts, mediocre in most others, and when it was bad, it was ‘burn the film’ bad).
Fortunately, “Star Wars” creator, George Lucas, sold Lucasfilms to the Disney Corporation. Disney then promptly decided to make new Star Wars films, and told Lucas (whose complete autonomy made the prequels a mess) that he would have nothing to do with making these films. Abrams, who had already helmed the very successful reboot of the “Star Trek” series, was given the director’s chair for this even larger task: restoring the faith of a badly disappointed fan base.
One of Abrams’ first decisions was to hire largely unknown actors to play major roles. This could be successful, such as with Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher for “A New Hope”, or it could be really bad, such as with Jake Lloyd and Hayden Christensen in the prequels. Having seen “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, all I will say about the movie is that Abrams chose wisely with John Boyega and (the subject of this blog entry) Daisy Ridley. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing the film on-screen again, and I rarely see movies more than once in the theater.
Daisy Ridley was an inspired choice. The Westminster-born actress brings such a well-placed enthusiasm and energy to the role of Rey, that fans can’t help but be won over by her (though, there will always be some spoilsports).Ridley’s acting resume, before landing “Star Wars”, consisted of minor roles on British television series like “Youngers”, “Silent Witness” and “Mr. Selfridge”. Such a star-making leap can be overwhelming for some actors and actresses. Ridley, however, seems to be handling it just fine. This includes her poking fun at her audition on “Saturday Night Live” and showing a very grounded, humorous personality on her social media accounts. Daisy is going to be very busy over the next few years with “Star Wars”, and I think that is something that all fans of that era from a ‘long time ago in a galaxy far, far away’ will very much benefit from. Of course, as much as Daisy Ridley is quickly becoming every fan-boy’s crush, she wouldn’t be on the blog if she didn’t have some ink. In a move that may have suggested her future destiny, Daisy got a cute design of three stars tattooed on her left foot. Whether or not she gets any more body art remains to be seen. In the meantime, she will be contending with one of the new trends on mega-stardom…. fans getting tattoos of HER! 🙂
You can get more info and pictures of Daisy at this fan site: http://daisy-ridley.net/
And, for some good entertainment, you can follow her on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/daisyridley/