'There weren't that many offers': Daisy Ridley struggled for work after Star Wars stint

Daisy Ridley has revealed that she found it difficult to get acting jobs in the aftermath of playing Rey in the 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy.



Daisy Ridley's acting work dried up after Star Wars
Daisy Ridley's acting work dried up after Star Wars

Daisy Ridley's acting career stalled after she featured in the 'Star Wars' sequel trilogy.

The 31-year-old star played the role of Rey in the legendary sci-fi franchise but confessed that she found it difficult to get work once the concluding movie, 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker', had been released.

Speaking on a panel at SXSW in Austin, Texas at the weekend, Daisy said: "There weren't that many offers coming in. It's not that there wasn't any... I remember finishing and thinking, 'Oh, it's quiet and strange.'"

Ridley explained that her problems were exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic bringing Hollywood to a standstill shortly after the last 'Star Wars' flick had hit cinemas in 2019.

She said: "It was a very strange time to sit with the quiet and, honestly, grieving a time of my life."

The 'Magpie' actress also explained that it took her a long time to feel comfortable with having such a prominent role in the beloved franchise.

Daisy said: "It took, honestly, making the third film till I felt like, 'OK, I'm good. I deserve to be here.'"

The star is now returning as Rey in Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy's film 'Star Wars: New Jedi Order' and explained that the quality of the story persuaded her to sign up for the first picture in the franchise helmed by a female filmmaker.

She told Variety: "The short answer is I don't know. I'm excited to do the job, but not because Sharmeen is a woman.

"No spoilers, but she gave me a rundown of the entire story. If it weren't amazing, I would have been like, 'OK, call me in five years.' But it's worthwhile."