Carrie Fisher & Daisy Ridley's Interview About 'Star Wars Episode VII' With 'Interview' Is Adorable & Informative
Building up hype for their new movie — as if it needs any more hype — Carrie Fisher interviewed Daisy Ridley about Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Interview magazine. In addition to both of them appearing in the upcoming seventh Star Wars movie, both of them have (or will soon have) a lot of similar experiences. Just like Fisher was cast as a relative unknown as Princess Leia in the hugely successful first Star Wars, the relatively unknown Ridley has been cast as one of the leads, Rey, in The Force Awakens. And also like Fisher almost 40 years ago, Ridley has jumped from obscurity to megastardom in record time — and her star will presumably only rise once the film comes out on December 18th.
In the Interview piece, the duo has a fascinating conversation revolving around generational differences, the experiences of women in the science fiction world, and becoming a sex symbol. They seem to have already established a comfortable mentor/mentee relationship, which is fun to watch play out in the interview — at one point, Fisher calls Ridley a "f*cker" for downplaying her mentorship in a different interview. Fisher also seems really excited to have a woman to talk about Star Wars stardom with.
Here are the most interesting moments from Fisher's interview with Ridley, from the silly to the serious.
On Role Models:
Ridley admitted to not knowing that much about old movies or old Hollywood before divulging that her favorite film as a child was Matilda, and so the magical star of the movie was her role model. "I aspired to be like her," she told Fisher. "I wanted to be a girl who could make a jug of water tip into a glass."
On Modern Celebrity:
Ridley said that she didn't have any crushes on actors, though she saw the appeal of old Hollywood stars. "Actors today need to be too accessible," Fisher complained. "Who can have a crush on someone accessible? The origin of the word romance is 'not founded in reality.'"
On Star Wars Crushes:
Adorably, Ridley admitted that she cites Carrie as her crush from the original Star Wars films when asked in interviews. "People have been asking me about crushes out of the original film, and I say you every time. They were like, 'Is there anyone you particularly look up to?' And I'm like, 'Well, Carrie, obviously.'" When Fisher asked why she didn't choose Mark Hamill or Harrison Ford, Ridley had a diplomatic answer. "Of course, I like them both! But you're a kick-ass woman."
Fisher and Ridley both bemoaned the state of dating as famous women, especially famous women who are fantasized about by a devoted fandom. Apparently, Fisher has warned Ridley about dating before. "I also said it's hard to date once you're a big Star Wars star," Fisher said. "Because you don't want to give people the ability to say, 'I had sex with Princess Leia.'"
On Wax Figures:
While Ridley doesn't have a wax figure, Fisher believes that one is in her future, and she warned her accordingly. "I haven't seen myself as a wax figure," Fisher admitted. "I guess you haven't either, so I'll be able to go do that, and then I'll give you advice. Like, 'Bring a match.' Or something."
On Star Wars Halloween Costumes:
The two actresses discussed how strange all the Star Wars merchandising is, especially when it depicts them. Ridley admitted that there is an upside: "I've seen some really cute kids dressed as Rey. I love that." Fisher, apparently having seeing baby Princess Leia costumes, had a stranger perspective. "My favorite is when you see, like, a month-old kid dressed as you, so that it looks like the mother swallowed your outfit when she was pregnant, and the baby came out like that."
On Being A Sex Symbol:
Ridley discussed the questions she is often asked in interviews, including the sex symbol status of Star Wars women. "They always talk about how you're a sex symbol, and how do I feel about that," Ridley said to Fisher, who sighed, according to the interview. "I'm not a sex symbol!" Ridley added.
On Costumes (And Metal Bikinis):
Fisher warned Ridley against taking on that sex symbol status, citing the iconic golden bikini that Princess Leia wore when she was enslaved during the original films. Fisher told Ridley to "fight for your outfit. Don't be a slave like I was." When Ridley promised to fight, Fisher emphasized, "You keep fighting against that slave outfit."
On On-screen Romance:
Fisher seems very prescient about the stardom awaiting Ridley. She told her protégé, "I'm looking forward to your space kiss." Ridley played the innocent: "My space kiss?" And, adorably, Fisher stated, as thought fact, "You're going to have to have one. Every girl does."
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