Daisy Ridley cannot escape the galaxy far, far away, no matter where she goes or what she does. Thankfully, she is more than game to tackle the steady barrage of questions — and uncork more than a few hilarious answers.
In the midst of a press tour for her new film, the Kenneth Branagh-directed Murder on the Orient Express, Ridley has continued to share tidbits about the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in which she will reprise her role as Rey. In a recent interview with USA Today, the Jedi-in-training took on a slew of Star Wars topics — and yes, now we know exactly how she feels as she sounded off ...
On Porgs: Surprise, surprise, Ridley's just as smitten with the new creatures as Star Wars fans are. In fact, she copped to having a Porg toy, and said the creatures — which were physically created on set, as opposed to strict CGI — made the shoot a real kick: "It’s wonderful to be working around practical things on set that have such personality."
They doesn't mean, however, that Ridley's character is focused on the avian-like creatures: "Rey, honestly, is too wrapped up in her own journey to pay attention to Porgs ... which is a sad thing."
On Snoke: As the latest trailer revealed, Rey will be coming face to face with the Supreme Leader of the First Order. According to Ridley, "He looks mental. Snoke is an evil guy, if you can call him a guy."
That might sound harsh, but she's not exactly wrong. Also, the trailer seems to show Rey being tortured by Snoke, which Ridley confirmed: "It was painful. My throat hurt after that one ... Snoke is one of those tests for Rey, and when I say testing, it's the worst use of testing ever."
On Luke: "She thinks there’s going to be a warm welcome. But Luke went to this island to get away, and he doesn’t want to be disturbed." That sounds ominous, but Ridley also added that Luke takes "a tremendous journey from the beginning of the relationship to ultimately where they end up in the film." Still, how could anyone be annoyed with Rey? Even Han liked her almost immediately. What's the matter with you, Luke?
On Judi Dench's Star Wars schooling: The set of Murder on the Orient Express was no safe place for avoiding Star Wars questions, mostly thanks to Ridley's costar Josh Gad. In a series of Instagram videos, Gad continually pesters Ridley for information about the film, and ultimately enlists the assistance of their mutual co-star, the legendary Dame Judi Dench:
Though Dench played the scene as though she always has the word "midicholorian" on the tip of her tongue (who doesn't?), Ridley revealed that the famous actress had no idea what she was talking about: "She was like, 'Medi ... Midi-chlorians, what is that?' Josh and I had to explain."
Porgs, Snoke, Luke, probably no midichlorians, and Rey will be coming to a theater near you when The Last Jedi opens on Dec. 15.