Star Wars: Daisy Ridley Admits She Was Surprised By The Rise Of Skywalker Backlash

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

by James White |
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Star Wars has always been somewhat polarising, but that has taken on an extra vitriolic edge in the age of social media. And reactions to The Last Jedi, followed by last year'sThe Rise Of Skywalker boosted that to a whole new level. Now Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, has finally spoken out about her reaction to, well, the reactions.

"It’s changed film by film honestly, like 98% it’s so amazing, this last film it was really tricky," Ridley told the DragCast podcast, as reported by Entertainment Weekly. "January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like, 'Where’s the love gone?'"

Ridley says she's not sure where all the hate came from, especially as a recent screening of the movie's home entertainment special features brought back the positive vibes from the set. "I watched the documentary, the making-of, this week," Ridley says. "And it’s so filled with love, and I think it’s that tricky thing of when you’re part of something that is so filled with love and then people don’t like it. You know, everyone’s entitled to not like something, but it feels like it’s changed slightly. But I think in general that’s because social media and what have you."

"I guess now conversations are just more public, so there’s stuff I wouldn’t have seen, but honestly trying to scroll through my newsfeed in January and trying to not see Star Wars stuff, I’d see headlines and be like 'Oh my god this is so upsetting,'" she continued. "So it’s been tricky, but then it’s having that thing of I feel really proud of it, and I’m so thrilled to be part of it."

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