How Daisy Ridley Avoided Toxic Star Wars Vitriol Over the Sequel Trilogy

Daisy Ridley's Rey in the middle of a battle in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Daisy Ridley, star of the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, shares how she successfully avoided seeing much of the negativity surrounding the films.

While Daisy Ridley’s Rey was a lightning rod for internet hate during the Star Wars Sequel Trilogy, it seems that she managed to dodge most of that content almost entirely.

The actor, who led the sequel films The Force Awakens (2015), The Last Jedi (2017) and The Rise of Skywalker (2019), spoke to Rolling Stone about how she dealt with the backlash. She shared how her announced social media hiatus during the films’ release really worked, but it didn’t block negative feedback in person from strangers. “The funny thing is, because I don’t read stuff and wasn’t on social media for a while, when I was referring to how people can have big opinions about it, [I meant that] random people in the street would be so open with their opinions and I would be like, I’m good. I don’t need to hear that. Cool. Great.” In hindsight, Ridley believes the encounters she had were rooted in sexism. “It was probably more gendered than I was aware of,” she said.

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Daisy Ridley’s Take on Toxic Fans

Indeed, Ridley has no regrets about avoiding the hate online. “Yeah. Luckily, I did not read anything. I think there’s so much vitriol out there that I didn’t need to read it.” She shared that other stars of the franchise who have been subject to abuse online have had it much worse, specifically citing the racism directed towards one Obi-Wan Kenobi star. “I felt for Moses Ingram recently, and felt that in comparison it was so much worse for other people.” On the source of the online hate, Ridley doesn’t entirely blame the often-cited toxicity of the Star Wars fandom, or fandom culture in general. “I don’t just think it’s fandom. Everyone feels they need to say everything they’re feeling, and I don’t know that everyone does,” she said.

The English actor also recently shared her best advice for other women appearing in the franchise. “The world is a crazy place. It’s important to tune out the stuff,” she said. She expressed how living in the moment and finding things to enjoy about the experience are vital to getting through what can be a very high stress period full of constant negative comments. “Everyone knows how things are and how they can be,” she said. “Find the good in it all and enjoy it.”

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Will Rey Return to Star Wars?

Despite the vitriol she had to work hard to avoid, Ridley confirmed that she would still be open to reprising her role as Rey in future Star Wars projects. “I’m looking for employment!” she joked. While she is not currently attached to any future Star Wars projects, Damon Lindelof’s upcoming entry in the franchise is reportedly set after the Sequel Trilogy, and he is open to including characters from those movies. Other possible reappearances for Rey include Rian Johnson’s trilogy, which is reportedly still in development, along with a number of other movies involving big names such as Shaun Levy, Patty Jenkins and Taika Waititi.

The Star Wars Sequel Trilogy is available to stream on Disney+.

Source: Rolling Stone


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