Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the new Star Wars trilogy, revealed in a recent British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Question and Answer session that she had reservations about the newly released Star Wars: The Last Jedi script.
Ridley recalled her reservations about John Boyega’s Finn leaving Rey for the majority of the film.
“Well I, like Mark [Hamill], had some reservations about the script. I thought, ‘Where is John [Boyega]? He’s away from me, and I don’t want to be away from him.'”
She explained that Boyega was a stalwart to her during The Force Awakens and helped her overcome and get through a number of her fears taking on the enormous Star Wars franchise.
“Getting into something like this is pretty overwhelming, and John was my guy the whole way through filming and press stuff [on The Force Awakens], and it was scary. It was really scary thinking about the next chapter with us apart. And I expressed that to Rian.
Luckily we had a couple weeks to rehearse and we talked everything through. And, obviously, it’s an ongoing conversation as we went. But I found it quite difficult, I remember saying to Rian I felt much more neurotic this time.”
She even mentioned how she didn’t feel her acting quite lived up to what she thought was right.
“There were times where I thought, I don’t think I’ve done the right thing, but Rian, if you’re happy, I’m happy. Because I think it’s that thing of being pushed and going somewhere where you can’t quite figure it out, and [Rey’s] figuring it out at the same time. But you do sort of think, I don’t know if I’m doing this justice.”
While there are plenty of things wrong with Johnson’s script, Ridley’s acting might have been one of the brighter moments of the film. She truly captured Rey being lost in the galaxy and trying to find out who exactly she is.