Star Wars Actress Daisy Ridley Explains Why She Left Social Media

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actress Daisy Ridley may have risen to fame ever since she first appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, despite her popularity, the British actress would much rather keep to herself than to take to social media.

After The Force Awakens premiered in 2016, Ridley decided to drop from her social media accounts. While most fans assume that the social media exodus had something to do with the personal attacks made against her (sexist fans didn't particularly like that Star Wars lead character was a woman), Ridley never really delved into the matter. Until today, that is.

Speaking in an interview with Drag Cast, the Star Wars sequel trilogy opens up about her decision to leave social media, saying that she wanted to keep her personal life separate from her life as an actress.


"I think everybody tried to mold that into something else. It really wasn't a story," Ridley shared with the entertainment news outlet. "I was asked to go on it, and, at the time, I was like, 'Okay,' and then it got to the point where I didn't want to be on it and I was at my friend's house in L.A., and I remember being like, 'Oh, I don't want to be on Instagram,' and they were like, 'Well, why don't you come off?' and I was like, 'Oh.' And it was really a nice, autonomous decision. Because I was like, 'Oh, I don't actually have to be on it. This is nice.' And I always had a limit to what I shared anyway and, honestly, my life isn't that exciting. So there were a lot of separate things."

We understand why Ridley would want to keep out of social media. Sometimes we need to enjoy life without being tethered to the internet. It must have been difficult for Ridley. It isn't easy being the lead star of a major film franchise, especially when that film franchise is followed by excessively passionate fans – some to the point of being rabid.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi star Kelly Marie Tran also exited social media after appearing in Disney's Star Wars sequel trilogy. The actress would receive threats and attacks from traditional, misogynistic and racist Star Wars fans. We can only hope that Tran and Ridley both have peace of mind now that they're living their lives offline.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available on Digital HD, Blu-Ray, and DVD.

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