Daisy Ridley Discusses being the “Custodian of Rey”

REYBB8Daisy Ridley participated in a Facebook livestream today and answered a number of questions about her continuing role in the Star Wars Universe.  Ridley touched on differences between filming the first and second films in the saga, her feelings of responsibility towards her character, and her uncertainty about appearing in Episode IX.



First up, Ridley was asked to compare working on Episodes VII and VIII, but couldn’t say which episode she enjoyed acting in more.

“They are two very different things,” she said. “Episode VII was like the beginning of the whole thing, and it was terrifying and incredibly rewarding, and I felt like I pushed myself beyond boundaries I thought I had. And now [on Episode VIII], I feel more together and I feel more present.”

Ridley also discussed the character of Rey who became one of the quick break out stars of The Force Awakens.   While Episode VII faced significant fan expectations from a continuing saga standpoint, now Ridley is faced with meeting the expectations of those who have come to love her character.

“Now [on Episode VIII], I look at things and think, ‘How are people going to react to that’ because of the way that people have responded to Rey. [Princess Leia actress Carrie Fisher] calls herself the custodian of Leia. And now I feel like the custodian of Rey.”

“I understand what people loved in Episode VII and so I feel like I’m carrying that responsibility with me, which is nice because I feel like I’m more part of it.”

Rey BB-8


Finally, in one quote discussing how it is hard to separate the individual episodes in her mind, Ridley may have unintentionally caused the fan speculation machine to kick into gear.  When discussing the trilogy, she seemed to imply some uncertainty as to whether she would appear in Episode IX.

“It’s all this incredible journey,” she said. “And if I am in Episode IX, it’s all one amazing journey that involves thousands of people–not that it’s leading to the end of Episode IX, but the whole thing is this wonderful, joyous experience. And I think of 7, 8, and 9 as parts of one experience. They’re not like three different ones.”

While its far more likely that Ridley is playing coy or just trying to throw spoiler hounds off the scent, it is still interesting to see that ambiguity as to the future storylines of these new characters still remains intact.  The mystery box may have opened and the lock been thrown away, but Lucasfilm is still holding its cards close to the vest in terms of the future developments of the Star Wars universe.


Source: Gamespot



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15 thoughts on “Daisy Ridley Discusses being the “Custodian of Rey”

  • April 4, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    “And if I am in Episode IX,”
    Daisy Ridley has perfected the art of not spoiling anything in interviews.

  • April 4, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Really like Rey, she has layers.

    • April 4, 2016 at 8:47 pm

      Like a parfait! Ain’t nobody don’t like a parfait. Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet!

      • April 4, 2016 at 9:14 pm

        Like an onion.

      • April 5, 2016 at 12:26 am

        I’m a Stallion Baby !

  • April 4, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    No one should underestimate the effect GRRM (Game of Thrones) had on writers. Killing main characters is the new ‘bold and innovative’ so expect it to be copied to death.

    Is there a way to contact the admin of this website. It ranks in slowest load time and virtually unusable based on ads and scripts running.

    • April 4, 2016 at 11:44 pm

      You can try, but they just say that when they run their bench-marking tests, it loads faster than anything else on the inter tubes.

    • April 5, 2016 at 12:34 am

      Do you get some of your replies on here in your spam folder too?

    • April 5, 2016 at 5:01 am

      Hitchcock did it before.
      Psycho (1960), Janet Leigh was killed after 20 minutes being “the main character”, Anthony Perkins was it since that moment (Norman Bates).
      I bet Rian Johnson roots are more Hitchcock than GOT.

  • April 4, 2016 at 9:32 pm

    Wouldn’t it be interesting though if Rey was killed off in VIII. It would be such a shock for everyone and so unexpected

    • April 4, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Yep would be kind of cool

  • April 5, 2016 at 12:15 am

    She is SO in IX.

  • April 5, 2016 at 12:32 am

    It would be crazy if she died in the next one and then came back like Obi-Wan was supposed to in VI. Would certainly be original but I’m not sure they could make it work without alienating a lot of fans.

  • April 5, 2016 at 5:24 am

    I wonder, Jedi Order got a kid strong in the force, they separated him from his mom (who allowed it), while they were slaves working as a scavenger in desert planet. They taught him the strict Jedi Code, when he was in love with a foreign princess/queen. Finnally he turned dark, destroyed the Jedi Order, Jedi Era ended, and tyranny ruled the galaxy for more than 20 years.

    We all know this.
    Is it possible that any Jedis or related to Jedi Order could see getting kid Anakin as bad reading fate mistake.

    So, a very young girl, strong in the force, we don´t know if instead of being trained, but she is left in a desert planet, we suppose (in the novelization) by her mom, to work for food as a scavenger.
    What is the meaning of it?

    If we read it like an old religion, the force would be some kind of god, it should be like doing a sacrifice to the force, “we got a kid when we shouldn´t and we paid for it, now we sacrifice one kid to that fate.”

    Or it could be read from the fate perspective, Anakin had a fate, it could be building a new group of force users, for example, Jedis broke that fate for their own sake, and it backfired them. So Rey could be like recovering some balance, doing the opposite.

    Whatever is, the next scripts will tell us, from my point view, Rey´s intentional fate (she was left there on purpose) is related to Anakin fate (changed by Jedis). May be like saying: “Jedis did that wrong, and we try to balance that mistake”, “a sacrifice to the god-force” or anything else.

  • April 6, 2016 at 2:44 am

    I know the obvious choice would be a lightsaber pike for Rey but I’d love to see a pair of these used on screen ; )

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