Mum’s still the word on Star Wars Episode VIII. We know that it’s filming, we know that it picks up right where The Force Awakens left off, but other than that, nothing. Luckily, The Force Awakens is out on DVD soon, launching its stars on another press tour. So when Daisy Ridley sat down Monday for a Facebook live chat about the home release, the topic of Episode VIII inevitably came up. Ridley was asked to compare her experiences working on the two films.
“They’re honestly two very different things,” Ridley said. “[The Force Awakens] was like the beginning of the whole thing, and it was terrifying and incredibly rewarding. I felt like I pushed myself beyond boundaries I thought I had. Now I feel more together and present. Now I look at things and think, how are people going to react to that?”
This response made Ridley sound a little like her alter ego, Rey, who has gone from a desert loner searching for home to a Jedi adept ready to accept her role in the Force. Ridley added that she now feels a “responsibility” to both the character and her fans.
“Carrie [Fisher] calls herself the custodian of Leia, and now I feel like the custodian of Rey,” Ridley said. “I know what people liked in [The Force Awakens] and now I feel like I’m carrying that responsibility, which is nicer cause I feel like I’m more part of it. I couldn’t say I’m enjoying either one more. It’s all this incredible journey. And then if I am in 9, all three will be one amazing journey that involves thousands of people. I think of Episodes VII, VIII, and IX as part of one experience, not three different ones.”
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Asked about similarities between her and Rey, Ridley responded that they both “get attached to people.” The Force Awakens, after all, spans a mere couple of days, but in that short time Rey manages to bond with Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, and General Leia Organa, among others.
For other questions, Ridley admitted that she’s seen The Force Awakens four times and still cries at Han’s pivotal scene (who doesn’t) and that though Adam Driver loved to jump out and spook people, the biggest on-set prankster was none other than Carrie Fisher’s indomitable dog Gary.
“Gary Fisher: always around, getting in people’s way, causing a ruckus,” Ridley said.
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