The Force Awakens: 10 Daisy Ridley Facts Star Wars Fans Will Want To Know

The Force Awakens: 10 Daisy Ridley Facts Star Wars Fans Will Want To Know

The Force Awakens: 10 Daisy Ridley Facts Star Wars Fans Will Want To Know

Every detail about our V110 cover star Daisy Ridley.

Every detail about our V110 cover star Daisy Ridley.

Text: Sadie Bell

V's latest cover star Daisy Ridley is currently one of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies, coming out of virtual obscurity to become the next major star of a little franchise known as Star Wars. The actress is known for her defiant, scene-stealing performance as Rey in the latest installments of the Star Wars cinematic universe, which is nearing the release of this holiday season's highly-anticipated film,  The Last Jedi. But even as the face of a new generation in major sci-fi flick, the world is still just getting acquainted with the woman behind it all.

In honor of V110's Winter Issue, we've pulled together some of the most interesting facts you may not have already known about Hollywood's next leading lady. Get to know Daisy Ridley below.

Ridley's early foray into acting wasn't necessarily off to a great start. Though the emerging artist studied acting most of her life at Tring Park School for the Performing Arts in the U.K., her career began slowly but surely with her first roles including a pork pie commercial and a gig in a short film where she portrayed a poet who worked in a strip club - that is before she was fired after just a week of involvement and told to never come back.

Star Wars producer J.J. Abrams was in search of an unstoppable unknown in casting Rey, and immediately stopped his search after seeing Ridley's audition because simply, she "blew his mind" - and her days of working in an English pub were suddenly no more.

To prepare for her renowned role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, she endured an intense training schedule to get in shape for the physically demanding part. According to Elle, the star trained five hours a day, five times a week, and ate a strict diet including "lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes" to prepare for movie magic combat.

In conversation with her co-star Carrie Fisher for Interview Magazine, she told the late icon that her idols include (of course) Fisher herself, as well as fellow English actresses Carey Mulligan and Felicity Jones, both of whom are just a few years older than Ridley.

In working on the Star Wars series, Ridley has worked alongside legends to the franchise and industry like Fisher and Harrison Ford, who she was compelled to tell, "My mum is a fan," impulsively upon first meeting him.

According to Vogue, her red carpet stylist is long time Hollywood fashion veteran Petra Flannery who has dressed Emma Stone and Amy Adams. Styled in Dior pantsuits, Chanel gowns, and many other striking looks, Flannery knows Ridley is game for a variety of daring and classic looks, so the two try their hand at a bit of everything, which has made her a force in style.

The 25-year-old star is all about the ink. At 15, she got her first tattoo - a series of stars on her foot - and most recently, coveted L.A. tattoo artist Dr. Woo touched up her torso with a symbolic star caught up in a tornado, which is supposedly representative of her whirlwind into the spotlight.

Ridley's absolute favorite television show is RuPaul's Drag Race. In fact, she even went as her favorite queen Trinity K. Bonet of season 6 for Halloween one year.

She has two older sisters, as well as two older half-sisters, making her the youngest of the family, and when she found out she landed Rey - after keeping it a secret for months - they all got together to re-watch the classic Star Wars films to celebrate.

Ridley has made her way into the fashion world with many stunning premiere and press looks, as well as spreads in Elle, Interview, and now V, and recently she also appeared on her first Vogue cover for the November issue of American Vogue.


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