If you've spent years working on a massive movie franchise with someone, you'd hope the gift they give you at the end would be at least a little bit more tailored than your average secret Santa present.
Well, J.J. Abrams' gift to Daisy Ridley after wrapping Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker certainly was.
"So there's a show called The Great British Bake Off," Ridley tells Jimmy Kimmel in the clip above. "Me and J.J. love this particular contestant — who will remain unnamed. But JJ had me made a real, life-size mask of the contestant that fits on my head."
Apparently it was tailor-made specifically for Ridley's face, and the contestant in question has no idea.
If that's not going the extra mile, we don't know what is.
Daisy Ridley's wowed fans as Rey in the Star Wars saga for years now. With the release of The Rise of Skywalker, Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp caught up with her to discuss Dark Rey, Harry Styles' rumoured cameo, and exactly what she thought about Cole Sprouse comparing the two of them.
After a confirmed $198.8 million international box office bow for Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker this past weekend, the Monday grosses have pushed Episode IX to $226.8M offshore. Globally, the JJ Abrams-directed flying Stormtroopers have hit $433.4M through yesterday.
While the initial overseas weekend session was off 16% from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Skywalker looks to be closing the gap on the previous installment. It’s now about 12% down including Monday’s take. It is early to read the tea leaves given the varied holiday release pattern between the two films. We’ll know more throughout the seasonal corridor and into the early part of 2020. Still, no reason to think this last Star Wars pic won’t cross $1 billion worldwide.
On Monday, Skywalker added $28M from its 52 material offshore markets. This represents 17% of the first weekend. The Last Jedi did about 12%, though it had extra days pre-Christmas so is not apples-to-apples.
Currently, the top five markets on this saga-ender are the UK ($32.1M), Germany ($26.1M), France ($19.7M), Japan ($16.5M) and Australia ($14.2M). This is a traditional pattern for the space epic — each of these markets is typically within the top-five ultimates. Note that the UK closes its cinemas on Christmas Day, so the rankings could possibly shift by Thursday when we’ll next report.
China, to no one’s surprise, remains indifferent to the Resistance’s plight. The gross there through Monday is $12.9M.
“Star Wars” actor John Boyega felt the force of online outrage Tuesday after making a crude joke about his character hooking up with Jedi hero Rey in their fictional galaxy.
The star made the crass quip in response to a fan, who joked on Instagram that the death of his character’s romantic rival in new flick “The Rise of Skywalker” had opened the door for Boyega’s character Finn.
“It’s not about who she kisses but who eventually lays the pipe. You are a genius,” Boyega responded.
His comment touched off a flurry of criticism from other fans who accused Boyega of misogyny and poor taste.
Boyega defended his comment, noting that it was a joke about fictional characters — and not Daisy Ridley, the actress who plays Rey.
“You obviously don’t know the diffrence [sic] between a fictional world and reality,” Boyega tweeted back to Crogmen.
“I was talking about Rey from Star Wars. When did I speak about women in general?” he wrote to another critic on Instagram.
Ridley had an unpleasant fan experience that changed how she behaves in certain situations. She told “Marie Claire” she used to be more focused on shielding her family than herself. “I was so aware of how difficult [fame] was for them, I wasn’t actually dealing with how difficult it was for me,” said Ridley. She spoke about a scary situation in 2017 when a fan followed the car Ridley and her family were traveling in.
Ridley decided to exit the car for her family’s safety. However, the fan continued to follow Ridley to her New York hotel. “He is a really big guy, so physically he’s scary, and I was alone, and it was the middle of the night, so I started shouting at him because I was scared,” Ridley told Marie Claire’s Chole Malle. Ridley said she learned from that experience that she was too concerned for other people’s safety, which put her in danger. She says she now pays more attention to her needs and takes better care of herself.
Ridley likes her privacy, but she also had to learn to navigate life as a celebrity. She told “Marie Claire” she is an introvert who behaves like an extrovert. During her discussion with the publication, she was hesitant to get too personal. “I’ve never talked about my personal life,” she told the magazine. “So, I won’t talk about it now. I’m so aware of how much information about my life is out there.”
What’s next for Daisy Ridley? This year will be busy for Daisy Ridley. She has several projects in the works. The next project on the “Star Wars” actress’ list is the 2020 film “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway.” She will voice the character Cotton-Tail. This year, Ridley will also star in the film “Chaos Walking,” in which she plays the role of Viola Eade. Her other projects include the films “Kolma” and “A Woman of No Importance.”