Daisy Ridley: J.J. Abrams' Advice When She Got Cast As Rey In Star Wars

Author Thumbnail BY Bayani Miguel Acebedo - October 12, 2017

Getting cast as the protagonist for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has boosted Daisy Ridley’s career by a ridiculous amount, and everyone is always eager to see what she does next. In an interview with Vogue, Ridley has revealed that she was given some advice by J.J. Abrams when she got the role of Rey, and it should probably resonate with her work on the films today.

According to Ridley, Abrams had told her:

“Understand the scale… This is not a role in a movie. This is a religion for people. It changes things on a level that is inconceivable.”

Ridley was said to have nodded enthusiastically to the advice to which Abrams says: “You don’t know what you’re getting into.”

Looking at Abrams advice, you can certainly understand that a lot of people take Star Wars very seriously. Every single frame, character, and bit of dialogue has been pored over by fans again and again, and messing up in the franchise could lead to some disastrous results—just ask Jake Lloyd, the guy who played kid Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace.

As of now, it seems that Ridley still doesn’t fully understand the scale in how important Star Wars is to some people, but hopefully that doesn’t hinder her performance in bringing a great character to life. Harrison Ford absolutely hates Han Solo, but everyone still loves the character.


Star Wars: The Last Jedi comes out Dec. 15.

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Bayani Miguel Acebedo is a pop-culture dork. When he's not scouring the internet for news on the latest movies and games, he's building Star Wars model kits and playing Overwatch. He's a huge Star Wars geek, and his favorite X-Wing pilot is Jek Porkins. He likes Kevin Smith and Jared Hess movies, and he also does cosplay. What a nerd.