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Virtually overnight, Daisy Ridley transformed from your average 20-something to an international movie star, beloved by the Star Wars franchise’s millions of fans worldwide.
However, in her cover story for the November issue of Vogue, the actress opened up to writer Gaby Wood about the fallout from such intense attention — from skin rashes from the stress of fame to how she handled fans who showed up at the door of her new apartment asking for autographs. The instant star status was something that another actress who got her start with the franchise, the late Carrie Fisher, knew all too well.
Fisher had spoken at length about the dark side (of fame, that is) including the profound repercussions on her dating life. “You don’t want to give people the ability to say ‘I had sex with Princess Leia,'” she had infamously said. When Fisher’s name came up in conversation, Ridley recalled her presence while fighting back tears: “I’d never met anyone openly bipolar before, who discussed loving glitter because of her LSD days.”
The 25-year-old, who was outfitted in an off-the-shoulder leather Saint Laurent dress by Anthony Vaccarello for the Mario Testino-lensed cover, also spoke about the first time she understood the gravity of her role in the series. During auditions, the actress was given a fake script. “When I read the full script, I was like, ‘Holy shit,'” she says of understanding how pivotal her character was to the film.
However, if you’re looking for hints about the upcoming Star Wars installment, The Last Jedi, don’t expect to find any details hidden in Ridley’s Vogue profile. Like the rest of the cast (and the writers and producers), Ridley has kept mum on virtually all plot details. Guess we’ll have to wait until Dec. 15.
In the meantime, watch Ridley answer Vogue’s 73 questions (and rap Eminem) below:
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