"Just because she's white and got brown hair... it doesn't mean she's my mom."
Last week, the trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gave us a first look at a galaxy’s worth of new faces. Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Jiang Wen, and Donnie Yen all debuted their characters in the trailer, but without a doubt, the biggest introduction was Felicity Jones as the rebellious Jyn Erso.
All we know about Jyn so far is that she’s been charged with a variety of crimes (including forgery of Imperial documents and aggravated assault) and that she’s tough as nails, singlehandedly taking out a whole squadron of stormtroopers. Despite that incomplete picture, some fans were left wondering whether Jyn has a connection to another recently introduced Star Wars female hero: Rey.
At this year’s MTV Movie Awards, MTV asked The Force Awakens’ Daisy Ridley for her opinion on the theories that Jyn Erso is Rey’s mother. Ridley’s answer? She isn’t quite ruling it out, but “just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom.”
Ridley added that she’s known Rey’s parentage since she started working on The Force Awakens, but it was never something she focused on while shooting.
“I think the amazing thing about [The Force Awakens] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place,” Ridley explained. “And so to me, it’s funny that people think [Rey’s parentage] is so important. Because I guess it is, but I don’t really think it is. Because regardless of where you come from, where you go is the thing. You’re moving forward, and you can make family, and you can find people you love. And so I think the progression Rey is making and the people she’s meeting and the relationships she’s making now are kind of more important than where she comes from. But that’s just me.”
Ridley, who is currently shooting the untitled Episode VIII, didn’t have any real spoilers to reveal, but she did add that the next installment is “darker.”
Rogue One hits theaters on Dec. 16, and Episode VIII is slated for Dec. 15, 2017.
Watch the full interview with Ridley at MTV.