The Last Jedi: Daisy Ridley talks Star Wars in Live Social Media Q&A

Daisy Ridley shared more interesting Star Wars stories at a Q&A session today with Facebook Live, including talk about filming locations, what it was like working with the legendary Mark Hamill, and her thoughts about Kylo Ren’s path in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Read on for more!


Andi Gutierrez, host of The Star Wars Show, sat down with Daisy Ridley to answer submitted questions via social media for a Star Wars: The Last Jedi Facebook Live London Q&A to celebrate the release of the film on home video. During the 37 min discussion Ridley shares several tiny bits of information about her time filming The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. Highlights include:

      • Rey’s weakness “Longing for something” in ‘The Last Jedi’ and beyond.
      • New found challenges in the film including Mark Hamill.
      • Her real-life locations experiences.
      • PORGS
      • Her thoughts about the path of Kylo Ren and whether or not he was redeemable, even for a split second, in ‘The Last Jedi’. You can watch this part from 24 min. When I really thought that Rian wasn’t trying to emphise a possible path to redemption, she pulls me back in.



    • What do you think? Do you think Kylo Ren is redeemable, or was that just a flash in the pan?




      May the force be with you….



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42 thoughts on “The Last Jedi: Daisy Ridley talks Star Wars in Live Social Media Q&A

  • March 10, 2018 at 4:20 am

    I wouldn’t know how someone that kills his own father in cold blood can be redeemed, (yeah, I know, Vader, and the younglings, and the sand… well, actually I’m no that big of a fan of Vader’s redemption, tbh)

    • March 10, 2018 at 5:44 am

      Oh, they’ll find a way, no doubt.

    • March 10, 2018 at 11:21 am

      The damn sand… how could they?!?! 😉

    • March 10, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      I think people forget the dark side aspect of this. It’s not that Anakin was actually evil. He was lured by the dark side. Consumed. I’d argue it’s almost a form of mind control. It’s true… you have to give yourself over to it first. Once it has you? Hard to break free.

      So your honor, my client was clearly not himself and under the influence of the Force. There for the maximum sentence is overkill on an otherwise law abiding citizen! 😛

      • March 10, 2018 at 11:03 pm

        This is a good point, do you think JJ can portray it as it should be, though?

        • March 11, 2018 at 2:44 pm

          Not sure. His portrayal of the Force was brief. These guys keep saying they grew up watching it and loving it like the rest of us. I’d like to think they are on the same page, but we’ve already seen that interpretations can be pretty different!

      • March 11, 2018 at 8:51 pm

        Get’s sentenced to life in a facility for criminally insane forceusers…

    • March 11, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      There’s a reason why Vader died after his redemption. There would have been a lot of awkward conversations had he survived. “Uhm hi, my name is Anakin. Killed a bunch of your friends and family members last week but I’m truly sorry so here’s a gift basket. I’m redeemed now so no hard feelings okay?”

    • March 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      I don’t think Vader was redeemed, actually.

  • March 10, 2018 at 9:05 am

    My question to Ridley would have been “Will Rey defeat Kylo Ren for a THIRD time ( in Episode IX )?

    • March 10, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      It will be a Thrilla in Manila!

    • March 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      K, I count 1 win for Rey on Starkiller Base, and a Tie in the Throne Room (and that was more of a Force based tug of War). Am I missing a 2nd Rey vs. Kylo Ren victory?

      • March 12, 2018 at 10:31 pm

        I was thinking Kylo Ren’s defeat overall at the end of TLJ ( via Luke ), and then Rey helping that situation by actually rescuing the Resistance from the cave in. So she essentially got one over on Kylo once again.

  • March 10, 2018 at 9:12 am

    I find Andi Gutieerez very attractive. I wish she was my girlfriend/wife and Daisy was my mistress. Just sayin

    • March 10, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      In all likelihood they would not be cool with that, but one can dream I suppose.

    • March 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      This is really not needed at all.

  • March 10, 2018 at 12:24 pm

    They don’t need to redeem him. Send him to his room and take away access to his mobile phone, gaming console and Facebook.

    If only his parent’s had exercised more tough love.

  • March 10, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    Even IF he’s redeemed he will still have to die in some fashion. There is no way anyone (except maybe Rey) would forgive him and he would be put to death for what he’s done. If Vader hadn’t have died on the Death Star II he would have had to pay for his crimes as well.

    • March 10, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Going into hiding would be kind of a cool ending. Especially if Rey runs with him to help convince him he should at least try.

      Fast forward to the new new trilogy. Years later a new something or other has shown up and people go looking for Rey. Finding her with one of the most hated men in the galaxy is an interesting plot point.

      • March 10, 2018 at 3:52 pm

        That’s the ending I would love to see. During the defeat of The First Order, Ren performs some act of redemption, perhaps saving the life of General Poe Dameron. However, after the final victory, in the eyes of The New Resistance, he remains an outcast, perhaps he needs to be tried for his First Order involvement. By this time Rey has realised that she belongs with him, and Poe lets them escape together. The final shot of the movie, is Rey and Ben flying away together in some space craft (not the Falcon).

        In the next trilogy, they would have had force sensitive twins, where one is light, the other is attracted to the dark side.

        • March 11, 2018 at 1:50 am

          “Force sensitive twins, one in light, one in dark”…. but, but, but they should have done that story in the ST : they should have mirrored L&L from the OT with two children for Han & Leia, but separated the children’s Force allegiances.

          Do you really think that KK/LFL are considering a fourth trilogy for the Skywalker-Solos ?? I had hoped they would, but now I fear they’re killing off the last of that line, and promoting “Rey the Nobody”.

          • March 11, 2018 at 10:37 pm

            The saga movies have always been about the main protagonist’s journey into adulthood. Anakin in the PT, and Luke in the OT. The ST is unique in that there are two main protagonists, Ben and Rey. The 3rd act of the trilogy is about unification, where the special world becomes the ordinary world:

            Anakin: from Slave to dark lord of the Sith
            Luke: from farm boy to Jedi master
            Rey: from scavenger to ???
            Ben: from Master of the Knights of Ren to ???

            I will speculate that Episode 9 will expand on the theme of unification, with the bond between Rey and Ben becoming a romantic one, ending on a happy note, and setting up one further trilogy to happen somewhere down the line.

    • March 10, 2018 at 11:34 pm

      I agree with you. Either keep Kylo evil all the way through, or if he is redeemed have him sacrifice himself in some fashion to save Rey and/or other members of the Resistance/Rebellion. I don’t foresee any kind of “happily ever after” for Kylo that seems satisfying and not contrived. But admittedly I’m not a writer, so just because I don’t see it doesn’t mean it can’t exist. It would just be a hard sell for me.

  • March 10, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    Honestly the only one who thought he wasn’t redeemable was Luke. Or at least wasn’t redeemable by him. That’s totally a possibility and still a fair take on it. It’s not saying Luke sucked at it. Just that after all they went through Ben wouldn’t listen to him anymore. Creeper uncle in the middle of the night hovering over you with an active weapon can leave some scars 😛

    My point is. Someone else might redeem him. Fans will flip and call it Mary Sue again, but really think about it. Totally awesome people can form a rift that can’t be fixed. A new person that you don’t have that issues with. Someone you actually like/respect pulling that thread?

    To me Ben ended up being the most interesting character out of the new trilogy. I haven’t given up on him yet.

    • March 10, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      This reverse Anakin/Padme dynamic they seem to be going for is really nice. He won’t be saved or redeemed by the love of his family who’s brought him nothing but grief, but he may be redeemed by a new and passionate type of love which he will find in Rey. Hopefully.

      • March 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

        I don’t see much love there.

        • March 12, 2018 at 6:41 pm

          Give it time.

  • March 10, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Daisy seems like a genuinely lovely person. Interesting to see the difficulty for her finding any fault in the character of Rey — which is a thing that seems to be talked about quite a bit these days. Disney is creating female characters without any apparent flaws (also with Rose and her sister), which may turn out to be a dramatic problem later on. I guess we’ll see.

    I love her comments about the porgs. (The cast was filming for 6 months, while the porgs only needed 3 days to complete their scenes — and the porgs got all the love.) Funny!

    • March 11, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Yeah, I found that part a bit strange – where she says “I don’t really believe in flaws in people…” or something to that effect. Really? Flaws are what make characters more interesting. Just look at Batman and Superman. It’s my belief that Batman has always been just a bit more popular than Superman because he has more flaws. He’s mortal, he’s human, he can be hurt and killed much more easily – and that makes him more interesting in my opinion. Superman is like a “Mr. Perfect” boy-scout and I think he’s kinda boring. I admit that this is all just opinion and conjecture and I have no objective evidence to back these claims up – it’s just my gut feeling. I just find it baffling that an actor would be of the opinion that the characters they play wouldn’t have flaws.

      • March 12, 2018 at 4:24 pm

        She means they aren’t flaws, they are just part of a person’s whole.

  • March 10, 2018 at 6:43 pm

    Just as we saw a “what if version” of Vader killing his master and ruling the Empire in TLJ, now we will see the consequences of him possibly surviving his redemption. He is a war criminal after all, it will take some time to convince anyone he is a changed man. I wonder what drastic things Rey would have to do against the resistance/republic to protect him.

  • March 10, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Star Wars actors deserve more pay for the endless press than they do for the time actually spent filming the movie.

  • March 10, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Ridley did a great job in TFA of resonating with the fanbase as Rey could have been a much better character. They sort of dropped the ball with her in TLJ to explain her Mary Sue-ness in TFA as I don’t even know what her arc is at this point? Kylo Ren has become the most interesting character in this Trilogy.

    • March 11, 2018 at 5:00 am

      I agree with you. I like Daisy & her casting of Rey. It’s not really her fault that the story group and the directors didn’t really give her enough flaws to make her a better protagonist. But that’s just my opinion.

      • March 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm

        Of course, we all know Luke had tons of flaws…oh, but not really, he did the same thing as Rey did.

    • March 12, 2018 at 4:23 pm

      Mary Sue-ness?

      Her arc is now becoming what the Resistance needs her to be.

    • March 14, 2018 at 7:28 am

      I agree that Kylo Ren is the most interesting character of the new trilogy but I don’t have the problems with Rey that you do. Anakin was using the force without any training, Luke had a few hours of training and was able to use the force in his trench run and to pull the lightsaber from the ice on Hoth. Rey is a natural but that’s not a bad thing or a mistake by the writers, the force just comes easier to some.
      (I never really believed Shmi’s story that Anakin had no father and I’m surprised Qui Gon believed it so easily. It doesn’t matter that she might have thought that, she may have been drugged or beaten unconscious and not remembered the impregnation, she was a slave after all. If Jesus ever existed i’m sure he had a human dad too)

  • March 11, 2018 at 1:01 am

    Kylo Ren needs to die at Reys hands

    • March 11, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Rey needs to die at Kylo’s hands… (fixed for unexpected twist and dramatic effect :p )

  • March 11, 2018 at 8:32 pm

    At this point Chewie would be the most believable character when it comes to redeeming Kylo. He has have been his childhood friend after all while Rey is more like “I’m gonna leave you for dead, then save you then leave you again”.Too bad Chewie can’t really articulate his feelings in a way that audiences would understand. It would be hillarious though;

    Chewie: Arr arr arrrghhh.
    Kylo: You’re right I can see it now. I gave in to the dark side…
    Chewie: Arr a arrrrarrghh?
    Kylo: Do you really think they would take me back after all I have done to them?
    Chewie: Arrar arghhhh…
    Kylo drops his lightsaber and starts crying uncontrollably…

    • March 11, 2018 at 8:37 pm

      He’s not really been in the childhood of Ben Solo, everyone was think so because of Chewbacca never quitting Han, but as describe in the aftermath trilogy Chewbacca was back on Kashyyk with his own family to rebuild stuff. Chewbacca and Han were appart a long time

      I don’t say that Ben never see Chewie, but it’s not the calvin and hobbs parody that we seen on the web.

  • March 12, 2018 at 12:15 am

    Kylo is a dangerous madman and will never survive IX. He (1) murdered (2) in cold-blood (3) his father (4) HAN SOLO [who’ll become even more loved after Solo the movie]. Also, he hesitated killing Leia, he begged Rey to stay, he ordered all TIE fighters to go after the Falcon on Crait, and all AT-ATs to fire at Luke. These are actions of an unstable person. Vader really believed “in bringing order to the Galaxy.” Kylo is just a boy with daddy/mommy/uncle/granddaddy issues — he will mature, but die doing so.

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