‘Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens’ star Daisy Ridley graces the cover of Glamour UK and opens up about what it has been like to join the iconic franchise, portraying the scavenger ‘Rey,’ share her thoughts about being part of the Disney machine, and more.

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She has gone from obscurity to global stardom portraying a brand new ‘Star Wars’ character, Rey. It wasn’t all that long ago that no one had heard of Daisy Ridley, and now she has become a part of the iconic ‘Star Wars’ franchise, now rebooted and Disney-owned as she’s among the new stars in the JJ Abrams-directed ‘Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.’

If one sees glimmers of another YA heroine along the lines of Jennifer Lawrence and ‘The Hunger Games’ or Shailene Woodley of ‘Divergent,’ well, that’s the idea. The older generation stars — Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill — are fading to supporting players. And we’ve seen this before. Just think of how many iterations there have been of the original 1960s Star Trek television show.

Daisy Ridley tells Glamour UK what it was like on her first day on the set, “I was petrified. I thought I was gonna have a panic attack on the first day. JJ [Abrams] … he probably doesn’t remember telling me that my performance was wooden.”

Ouch! She goes on to say, “This was my first day! And I honestly wanted to die. I thought I was gonna cry, I couldn’t breathe.”

Well, much has changed since that opening day, obviously, as trailers reveal she is anything but wooden! And not only that, she’s already got fervent fans. She goes on to explain just how passionate they are, saying, “”It’s so nice that people are so excited about it. But people are getting tattoos! Of my face! Already! And I’m like; you don’t even know what Rey is in the story. It seems insane to me.”

While noting that she herself has not seen the movie, she confesses, “I kinda want to, and I kinda don’t.” And she goes on to reveal to the publication that Steven Spielberg told her he has seen it three times.

Daisy Ridley also shared her thoughts about the Disney “machine.” Although, from her perspective, at age 23, we can imagine it’s nowhere near as intense as it would be if she were a child star. She says of it, “”My experience has been incredible, I’ve felt supported and respected the whole way through.”

She goes on to elaborate, and says, “I’ve not been told not to do anything. My Instagram has not been…what’s it called when they keep tabs on it? Yeah, it’s not monitored.”

Yes, the mere fact that she is in social media is relatively new. When she was cast in the role, fans searched fervently to find her, and turned up little for the effort. Well, much has changed!

You can see more of the Glamour UK interview with Daisy Ridley here and see her as Rey in the trailers below!