Daisy Ridley was interviewed on Facebook today and user Ravenclawmind from our Discord was kind enough to transcribe some of the more interesting bits:
“What was the most difficult scene to film, and what did you learn from it?”
“It was quite emotional filming this one. I felt like the first one was very emotional for a load of reasons too, but this one is – for Rey at least – much more of a like ‘still-searching,’, um, and she’s confronting things that I don’t think she’s ever sort of thought of – that this was ever going to be the time to ever confront them. There were a couple things in the deleted scenes that I think are being released on the DVD, one of which is a conversation she has with Luke, because he sort of makes a joke about – this whole thing, I don’t think I can even explain it – but he makes a joke about these people coming and invading the island, and she’s running with the saber, like ready to fight the good fight, and it’s the Caretakers having a party, and that scene was really difficult, as in we couldn’t do it that night and we came back and had to sort of re-talk about it, because I think it’s the first time she’s really disappointed in someone, and she can’t quite get why she’s there and everything, so that was really difficult doing that. And then they cut it out!”
“In terms of what’s in the movie, um, the stuff that was, the thing that I found very – well, not difficult, but it really took a lot out of me – was the scene with Kylo, which is sort of the flashback, but we filmed the whole scene as one, and I remember, like, we did it, and it was so upsetting, because it’s the first time she’s really talked about how lonely she is, and I remember thinking how awful, just waiting, um, and just feeling this incredible loneliness, and she thinks she’s found someone in Luke, and he’s just not giving that, he’s not offering it to her. And I remember walking outside – we were filming it in Ireland, even though we’re doing it inside – and Adam was there, and I remember I had to go outside and take a bit of time because it was pretty…[emotional].”
“Besides her longing for her family and parents, what would you say is another weakness for Rey?”
“I do not think that’s a weakness. Great question, but I don’t think it’s a weakness. I think longing for something, um, there’s a reason you’re longing for it, and um, even though she’s very hopeful about moving forward, there’s clearly some stuff that she needs to put to bed, and, um, that is all going to help her moving forward. So I don’t think that’s a weakness. I think it’s a wonderful, again, sort of adds to the brilliant hopefulness that what may have happened wasn’t so bad – like, that she wasn’t just left there by these sort of awful people – um, so even that, I think – and also, it leads her on this amazing journey, that’s part of the whole thing. She wouldn’t have gone – I think she wouldn’t have stayed if she didn’t really want that. She wouldn’t have had the moment with Luke, and then sort of all of the other amazing stuff that happened.”
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