It was no mystery that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was not well received, and though that was the case, we have rarely gotten any honest comments from people involved with making the movie—probably because of some NDAs in place. What's interesting is, Rey herself Daisy Ridley has slowly opened up about how she felt about the TROS backlash.
Talking to the DragCast Ridley had admitted that she found the reactions to be ‘upsetting.' She says, "January was not that nice. It was weird… I was like, Where's the love gone?'"
While there was a significant chunk of the fanbase that vocally didn't like The Last Jedi, TROS had infamously tried to backtrack and managed to anger all the fans. At that point, there was probably no pleasing the TLJ haters anyway, so it was kind of a slap in the face for people who actually liked The Last Jedi that TROS was trying to undo that film to make ‘amends' with arguably the worst part of the Star Wars fandom (yeah, I said it).
If anything, Ridley is lucky she doesn't have social media, or else she would be subject to all this toxicity that do doubt would be going her way. She continues to say "I don't know. I think in general, people share so much on social media that like, (I don't have social media anyway) if I went to a film, and I didn't like it, I just wouldn't tweet about it."
Though the Sequel Trilogy definitely has its haters, there is no doubt that there are fans who stand by the new cast including Ridley, John Boyega, and Adam Driver. If anything, Ridley just has to wait a couple of years so that her actual fans can grow up and be the new voice of the fandom.
For now, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available for digital and Blu-Ray/4K UHD.