How Daisy Ridley & John Boyega are changing Star Wars – and our world

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‘It was my therapy’: Daisy Ridley reveals she trained five hours a day and lived on fish to get in shape for Star WarsBoth are 23, born only three weeks apart (he’s older). LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas) – Up-and-coming actress Daisy Ridley had to go on a strict diet and fitness regimen for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She told ELLE magazine, “[I ate] lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes,” to play the leading lady in this movie.The 23-year-old British actress told Elle magazineshe completed her desert scenes for the most anticipated upcoming film in the universe, laying in the sand despite knowing it was infested with deadly creatures of the non-CGI characters. “We were told about this scorpion in Abu Dhabi that, if it stabbed you, you needed treatment within half an hour,” Ridley told the fashion magazine in its December cover story. “There was this bit where I was lying in the sand, and if a scorpion got me, the nearest hospital was an hour away.

As Star Wars fever reaches peak excitement, with Star Wars: Episode IV – The Force Awakens hitting our screens on December 18th, everyone is whispering about Daisy. They are both youngest children, and both hail from the same city – although he’s from South London, she’s from West London, and they both insist those neighborhoods may as well be on different planets from each other. Workouts were five hours a day, five days a week and she lived on diet food. ‘It became my solace because it’s the only thing structured in my life right now. The first installment of a new trilogy, the movie is expected to launch Ridley and fellow breakout star John Boyega into a new stratosphere of fame. “(Rey is) so strong.

Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess.” She will be playing “Rey,” and embraced the characteristics of her character even after filming. She’s cool and smart and she can look after herself,” Ridley said about her character in the issue that hits stands Nov. 17. “Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to. The more she tightened her grip, the more tidbits slipped through her fingers. “I couldn’t tell any of my friends,” Ridley told Elle. “I told my mum and my sisters — then my sister told her boyfriend, and my mum told her friend. Ridley has appeared on just a few British TV series in her short career, but winning the role of Rey transformed her into an instant star, especially among young women. “What we’ve seen of Rey, she looks like she can handle her stuff,” Ridley says. “So most of the comments I get are from parents who say how wonderful it is that their little girls can see this character.” During filming, Ridley said she and Boyega braced themselves for the public discussion that would eventually come from their casting. “John and I had a conversation last year and we both knew that was how it was going to be.

A handful of people tried to launch a racist boycott campaign on social media the day the new trailer dropped in October, and the hashtag ended up trending all day – although mainly because it was being shouted down by more open-minded Star Wars fans the world over. Abrams even sent out a message about it prior to the trailer debut. “For me, the idea of her being called a ‘hero’ or a ‘heroine,’ I think that’s almost wrong, because the whole thing is she’s a normal girl going on a journey,” she says. “There’s so much talk about gender, still, and the wage gap, and opportunity for women around the world in different sectors, so to be one of the facial representations of a positive progression is incredible. It’s not a burden… It just seems to me like it’s so simple, and obviously the difficulty then is when you look at other films and go, ‘Oh my god how did you screw up so badly?

The actor, who has two older sisters, was born in the U.K., but his father, a Pentecostal minister, and his mother, a caregiver for people with disabilities, had immigrated to England from Nigeria before he was born. His career began a few years before Ridley’s did, and he’s best known for his role in the cult-hit Attack the Block, starring as a streetgang leader who rallies his neighborhood to fight back an alien invasion.

As a lifelong Star Wars fan himself, Boyega says the benefit of diverse casting is that kids will pretend to be the characters they love whether those individuals have skin that’s white, brown, green, or covered in fur. On the original trilogy, it wasn’t just Billy Dee Williams’ Lando Calrissian who captured his imagination. “We see through the eyes of children that they’re not talking about race the way we grown folks are. He has no time for them. “We’ve been having a continuous struggle with idiots, and now we should just force them to understand – and I love the way I just used Force there, by the way – just force people to see this is the new world,” he says. “There are loads of people of different shades and backgrounds.

She’s never sat around a table and had a meal with someone else,” Ridley says. “She has a boss, she has someone to answer to, she has to trade the junk for food, and that’s how it has to be. He’s trying to find some kind of moral dignity in this war.” Finn and Rey bond after fleeing First Order bombshells being dropped on their heels and only learn each other’s names later, but by then it’s already a friendship forged in the stars. From climbing ropes through fallen Star Destroyers and battering henchmen with her staff, to flying the Millennium Falcon, both on her own and alongside Han Solo, Rey is living out the dream of every fanboy or fangirl.

She even got some sage starship-flying advice from Harrison Ford. “I was doing random switch-flipping and Harrison kind of put his hand out and said, no, everything had to have a purpose. Like, you flip a switch and then you see what it does, before you do anything else,” she says. “I was probably flipping switches too quickly!” There was one other awkward moment. “Um, probably when I sat in his pilot seat,” Ridley says. “There’s a shot where I pilot the Falcon by myself. It’s a bit heavy but it’s worth it. “ “It was quite a thing to get used to,” Boyega says. “You had to be in the flow of the rhythm to make sure the hand didn’t get caught or you’d be pain for a quick second.”

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