“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” heroine Rey has been criticized in some quarters as being a “Mary Sue” — an idealized, seemingly perfect female character who has amazing abilities that seemingly appear out of nowhere as the result of wish fulfillment of the author of the book, TV series, movie or fan-fiction story in which said character appears.
Actress Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in the “Star Wars” franchise, disagrees vehemently with that characterization.
“The Mary Sue thing in itself is sexist because it’s the name of a woman,” Ridley explains in a conversation with MTV’s “Happy Sad Confused” podcast.
She adds: “Everyone was saying that Luke had the exact same [capabilities]. I think Rey is incredibly vulnerable, and nothing she’s doing is for the greater good. She’s just doing what she thinks is the right thing. And she doesn’t want to do some of it, but she feels compelled to do it. So for me, I was just confused.”