Daisy Ridley reveals movie bosses' interpretations of her enthusiasm

‘I’ve been called aggressive and intimidating’: Daisy Ridley reveals movie bosses’ cruel interpretations of her enthusiasm left her wanting to be ‘quieter and smaller’

Daisy Ridley has revealed she’s been branded ‘intimidating and aggressive’ in the acting world, in a response to her ‘enthusiastic’ nature.

The Star Wars actress, 28, graced the cover of Tatler’s February issue, where she posed for a sensational photo shoot and spoke in an accompanying interview about the difficulties she has faced in the workplace. 

She admitted that the responses to her attitude have left her questioning whether she should ‘change’, saying: ‘I’ve been told that I’m intimidating… I remember thinking, “God, should I be smaller? Should I be quieter?”’

Stunner: Daisy Ridley has revealed she’s been branded ‘intimidating and aggressive’ in the acting world, in a response to her ‘enthusiastic’ nature

Daisy began her career back in 2013, when she starred in a series of UK shows in minor roles, yet it was her part in Star Wars that put her on the map. 

The brunette beauty soared to international prominence through playing the lead role of Rey in 2015’s Star Wars sequel trilogy: The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi two years later and The Rise of Skywalker last year.

Daisy revealed that while she was filming 2021 sci-fi flick Chaos Walking, she was given the ‘intimidating’ tag while having her costume fitted. 

She explained: ‘‘I’ve been told that I’m intimidating. That was on Chaos Walking. I was having my hair done, having my wig put on. I remember thinking, “God, should I be smaller? Should I be quieter?”’

Changing things: She admitted that the responses to her attitude have left her questioning whether she should ‘change’, saying: ‘I’ve been told that I’m intimidating… I remember thinking, “God, should I be smaller? Should I be quieter?”‘

Shooting: Daisy revealed that while she was filming 2021 sci-fi flick Chaos Walking, she was given the ‘intimidating’ tag while having her costume fitted (pictured in the film)

Daisy regaled another similar incident, saying: ‘I’ve been called aggressive, too; my energy is “quite aggressive”. That was during a meeting with a director…

‘I was thinking, “But why? Is it because I maintained eye contact? Is it because I’m passionate about what we’re talking about?” I dunno… You have that horrible sinking feeling of, God, do I not come across the way I think I do?’ 

Speaking about keeping her private life private, she was asked whether she thinks being guarded about romances is a sustainable existence as her star rises. 

Starring role: When asked ‘Why her?’ in regards to her Star Wars success, she said: ‘‘I know there were a thousand other actresses who could have done it’

She said: ‘I don’t know. What I do know is that when I signed on to Star Wars, there was nothing in my contract that said, “Your life will be talked about.”’…

‘Being serious again, she says, no, what happened was: ‘It got to the point where I realised so much of my life was out there…

‘People knew my mum’s name, my dad’s name, what my sisters do for a living. And I thought it would be nice to have something that’s for me, that isn’t for everybody else. I just thought I would keep that separate.’

When asked ‘Why her?’ in regards to her Star Wars success, she said: ‘‘I know there were a thousand other actresses who could have done it…

‘I guess ultimately it came to a point where I decided I have to be OK with this. I got this magical piece of luck. The stars aligned. I have to be OK with the amazing chance.’ 

Daisy spoke of her friendship with her Star Wars co-star, saying: ‘‘We are only a month apart in age and we always had each other in that…

‘John had worked more than I had. Totally different upbringing…

‘But there we were together. I never felt like I was doing it alone.’ 

Tatler February issue is available via digital download and on newsstands on Monday 4th January. 

Pals: Daisy spoke of her friendship with her Star Wars co-star, saying: ‘‘We are only a month apart in age and we always had each other in that’

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