It’s nearly November folks, and that means we are just outside of one month away from the worldwide theatrical premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. As with any major film, The Force Awakens‘ stars are beginning to do interviews, poking their heads out of the long J.J. Abrams imposed silence. This also means that those juicy press junkets are not far behind, which is going to be insane with a cast this size. Today, thanks to website Interview Magazine, we have a two-for-one interview, with Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) interviewing Daisy Ridley (Rey).
The interview works like most, with Fisher asking Ridley questions…I guess this is some kind of passing of the torch, with Fisher representing the Original Trilogy, and Ridley representing the new generation of Star Wars characters in the Sequel Trilogy. Things start of harmless enough, with Ridley just returning from a press tour for The Force Awakens, in Berlin. Fisher displays her usual wit and wisdom, by telling the younger Ridley how to navigate the foreign press: “Ask them about the biggest scandal since Fascism.” Oh, Carrie Fisher, you are a delight, and you always will be.
The interview finally turned toward Star Wars, and who Ridley liked most from the Original Trilogy. Her answer was of course, Carrie Fisher. While she does admit to liking Luke and Han, it was Leia that she was a fan of. However, Ridley does not that she was not a Star Wars uberfan, before being cast in the role of Rey in The Force Awakens.
"“I liked Star Wars, but I wasn’t an überfan like many people are. Which I didn’t realize, actually, until this year. I don’t know if I can prepare for what’s to come because I don’t know what will.”"
It kind of sounds like Ridley is a bit intimidated by the insane passion that only Star Wars fans can exude. The two continue to talk about Star Wars fandom, and how Fisher told Ridley that she could feel a fan’s heartbeat when she takes a photo with them, which serves to humanize that person…and then Carrie Fisher imparted some wisdom that honestly, I have never dwelt on, as a fan.
"“I also said it’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, ‘I had sex with Princess Leia.'”"
That kind of puts things into perspective. I cannot imagine how hard it must be for a young actress like Daisy Ridley, who is a relative newcomer to the industry, to do something that the rest of us take for granted, which is dating. You can read the interview in its entirety at Interview Magazine, and I suggest doing so, as it’s a decently fun read between a Star Wars icon, and a Star Wars newbie.