Daisy Ridley Roundup: December 17, 2015

Daisy Ridley TFA world premiereDaisy Ridley is Everywhere

It’s almost impossible to cover it all, so I asked for your favorite moments. @GregorioLoco suggested her appearance on Live with Kelly & Michael.

Ian McDonald voted for her duet with Oscar Isaac during the #TwitterAwakens event. A ‘ship was launched with this one tweet.

Ridley herself might be fueling this ‘shipper thing!
Rey and Poe
@elmachas said the Rey cake from her stop in South Korea during the press tour.

@shadadukal reminds us that there are some cool Rey collectibles on the horizon, like this Hot Toys Rey with BB-8 figure. Disney Store also has a new Rey with BB-8 statue hitting shelves tomorrow. Both are beautiful; check them out!

On the Job Training

There are a lot of interviews with Ridley, but one of my favorites was conducted by Mario Lopez for EXTRA, in which she talks about training.

Later a French site revealed footage of Ridley training for the movie. Tumblr had fun with those.


Mommy Bloggers FTW!

Hollywood still has a way to go before gender parity, but Disney’s affinity for mommy bloggers has opened opportunities for different types of fans to talk to the stars of The Force Awakens. I noticed a group of mommy bloggers at the L.A. Press Event; some on all-expense-paid trips to cover the event. Judging by her pictures Merlot Mommy was sitting right near me. Check out my photos on FANgirl’s Facebook page.

Here are highlights Merlot Mommy’s report:

Rey is such an exciting character. It’s incredible to see such a strong, powerful female character as a lead. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a woman in a role like this. Certainly from the snippets we’ve seen in trailers and from the account of her peers, Daisy Ridley has nailed this role. She’s a rising star and next year I’m sure you’ll see more of her, and not just in the promos for Episode VIII. I’m pretty sure Rey is Daisy Ridley’s breakout role. Every little girl—heck every woman, too—will want to be Rey when they grow up. I had the chance to sit down and interview Daisy Ridley on her role as Rey as part of our press junket day. Having not screened the movie yet and not knowing much about the character (despite my theories), it’s hard to know what to ask, but our intimate group of 25 elite bloggers had enough questions to fill our 15 minutes with Daisy Ridley.

On being the Luke Skywalker of the next generation

Daisy Ridley: Well it’s weird, because I wasn’t really thinking about myself in those terms when I was doing it, because I think that might have been slightly overwhelming. But now I can kind of see all of them in her. She’s a pilot so there’s Han. And she’s a kick-ass woman, so there’s Leia. But definitely the humble beginnings and an incredible story is the same as Luke. Obviously it’s very exciting that I’m a girl and more people hopefully will be able to relate to this story because of that.

Perhaps people that haven’t been able to relate so much before. I wasn’t a huge Star Wars fan before, so I’m hoping that the fact that I’m as excited as I am, I hope that other people can feel that. And perhaps feel like this is something that they can now come on board to if they haven’t already felt that.

Mommy bloggers are important for many reasons, but likely because they bring the next generation to Star Wars. Ridley had a chance to meet “tiny Rey” at LAX. (via Daily Mail)

BB-8, however, is NOT a Child

Ridley told Time she had to treat BB-8 like an adult.

“I had a chat with BB-8, and I remember J.J. saying, ‘He’s not a child’ and obviously the impulse because he’s small and cute is to infantilize. The impulse is to baby talk, but he’s not a child. He’s a droid with a mission,” she says. “But after they created him and puppeted him everyday and they gave him so much life that it didn’t really feel any different to acting with a person. He’s there moving around, he’s making noises, he’s responding to what I’m saying. It really is just like having a conversation.”

Some more footage of Rey with BB-8 was revealed on a 60 Minutes report and the accompanying Overtime segment online.

Red Carpet Style

Time for The Force Awakens

Here is Ridley’s message to fans posted on Instagram.

For those interested in my first impressions review, with mild spoilers, Ridley is fantastic; Rey’s character is another great start for a female lead in Star Wars!

Fans are Feeling Inspired

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Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.