‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’ star Daisy Ridley graces the cover of ELLE magazine and opens up about the rigorous diet and fitness routine that enabled her to portray the ultra-tough and fearless heroine Rey.

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Daisy Ridley seemed to come out of no where when the cast of JJ Abrams-directed ‘Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens’ was announced and this sent social media into a frenzy to find out who was this new face among such familiar faces as the iconic returning cast members including Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill.

And now that the movie is upon is, we’ll be seeing much, much more of her. We can presume, with some ease, that she’s on the verge of A-list stardom not unlike that of Jennifer Lawrence, as she’s portraying a tough heroine along the lines of ‘The Hunger Games’ Katniss. Yes, this is the rebooted ‘Star Trek’ franchise, with that kind of strong female lead which alone is generating much excitement.

Now Daisy Ridley has landed the much coveted cover of ELLE magazine. She opens up about her much coveted movie role and the training she underwent. According to the publication she was in the gym five hours a day, five days a week. And if that weren’t daunting enough, add to that stunt practice at Pinewood Studios in London.

Daisy Ridley revealed that she has continued the regime for re-shoots as well as for the next Star Wars movie in the rebooted franchise. She said “It became my solace…Because it’s the only thing structured in my life right now. Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess.”

As for her diet, she said, “I had lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes.”

And lest anyone think that ‘Star Wars’ is pure galaxy-far-away fantasy she revealed that there were real-world challenges and dangers.

She said, “We were told about this scorpion in Abu Dhabi that, if it stabbed you, you needed treatment within half an hour.”

Continuing her recollection she went on to say, “There was this bit where I was lying in the sand, and if a scorpion got me, the nearest hospital was an hour away. So I was like, I could die right now. I could be dead in half an hour.”

Remembering the character she was portraying was her solace, as she goes on to describe, “She is so strong,” Ridley says. “She’s cool and smart and she can look after herself.”

She went on to speak about the appeal of the character, saying “Young girls can look at her and know that they can wear trousers if they want to.” She added, “That they don’t have to show off their bodies.”

Yes, this is the new era of ‘Star Wars.’ A new generation with new and different expectations. It’s not 1977 any more!

You can see more of the ELLE Magazine interview with Daisy Ridley here and more photos below!

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