Daisy Ridley is on top of the world.
The “Star Wars” actress is ELLE UK’s December cover star, and in the new issue she talks about everything from filming “The Last Jedi”, to dealing with a medical condition, and even meeting and singing with Barbra Streisand.
Ridley said filming the upcoming “Star Wars” film was a big struggle, explaining, “I didn’t think I was good in the first film, and I was struggling with that.”
“It’s not this big adventure that I’m on with John [unlike the first movie],” Ridley added. “I was thinking I did the first one because I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into and I was having loads of fun, and suddenly I’m realizing what this actually is, and I can’t f**king do this. I’m highly dramatic – so it’s all ‘oh my God’…finally I was like ‘Oh yeah, this is working.’”
The 25-year-old did say that the late Carrie Fisher had some advice for her on coping success by simply enjoying it. “And that was wonderful,” Ridley said. “At work, you’re normal, you’re not the anomaly, unlike in other situations.”
It also turned out that Ridley had a medical condition to overcome: endometriosis.
“I was in my flat going nuts, and then my skin got really bad in the stress of it all, and I hadn’t been well,” Ridley said of first learning she had the condition. “I had holes in my gut wall and stuff – and we were trying to figure out what to do with that because I’d felt poorly.”
In 2016 Ridley sang with Barbra Streisand on a song from her album “Encore”. Meeting the iconic singer was a treat, she said.
“I went to her house and we talked about [psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl] Jung because my dad loves Jung, and we were talking about dreams, and I left and got super emotional.” Ridley said. “Not because she’s famous, but because she’s amazing. Part of her reputation comes from being a woman. If it was a man being ‘controlling’ about his career, people would just say he knows what he wants.”
Read the full interview in the December issue of ELLE UK, on sale Nov. 14.