Daisy Ridley talks honing her lightsaber skill for The Last Jedi


Actress Daisy Ridley (Rey) graced the cover of Vogue magazine and as part of her interview, she talked about practicing her lightsaber skill for Star Wars: The Last Jedi…

When Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on December 15, actress Daisy Ridley will take the main stage, once again, as Rey, a former scavenger from the desert planet of Jakku with a deeply powerful and mysterious connection to the Force.

In the full cinematic trailer for The Last Jedi, Ridley’s character can be seen swinging the Skywalker lightsaber, refining her skill in the ways of the Jedi. Here’s a refresher, just in case you somehow forgot.

Ridley recently sat down with Vogue, as part of her cover shoot for the magazine, and talked about preparing her lightsaber skill for The Last Jedi. Suggesting Lucasfilm needed a lightsaber school to market a new form of exercise, she explained her routine.

"They’re really heavy. Three, four, five kilos? And the weight’s very unevenly distributed. You do, like, eight thwacks one way, eight the other, eight up, eight down."

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Describing Rey’s journey in The Last Jedi as an “emotional journey with a stranger,” specifically referring to Luke Skywalker, Ridley says we’ll learn more about her mysterious family, as well as the continued friendship with former First Order stormtrooper, turned Resistance hero — Finn.

Ridley briefly, and tearfully discussed her time with Star Wars iconic actress Carrie Fisher, saying the legendary Fisher gave her some very good advice about dating, now that she was a Star Wars actor. “You don’t want to give people the ability to say ‘I had sex with Princess Leia.’”

"I’d never met anyone openly bipolar before, who discussed loving glitter because of her LSD days — and she tilts her head back to stem the tears as she speaks."

Finally, the actress talks about going to hear Star Wars composer and living legend John Williams perform “Rey’s Theme” at the Hollywood Bowl, and realizing people knew who she was — the star of a Star Wars film.

"They did my theme, and I couldn’t believe it. It was very overwhelming. There was an older woman behind us and she was like, ‘Why are people mobbing you?’"

Next: (Video) Watch the full cinematic trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Why, indeed? Well, as Star Wars fans know, Ridley is now a bonafide movie star, and we’ll see her once again in the role of Rey, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters worldwide on December 15.