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Daisy Ridley couldn't get a job after starring in the Star Wars sequels
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Daisy Ridley couldn't get a job after starring in the Star Wars sequels

"Nothing was coming through."

Daisy Ridley is firmly cemented in the Star Wars universe thanks to her role as Rey, but the actress struggled to secure roles after appearing in the space opera movies.

The 30-year-old star appeared in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, starting with The Force Awakens in 2015.

After becoming one of the new faces of the multi-billion-dollar Disney-owned blockbuster franchise, one would think Ridley would have endless job offers, but she has revealed that wasn’t the case.

Daisy Ridley as Rey.
Lucas Film

Following the release of the final film in the new trilogy, The Rise the Skywalker in December 2019, Ridley struggled jobs-wise in the following months before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold.

"Weirdly, at the beginning of the year nothing was coming through," she explained to Entertainment Weekly, describing the months after The Rise of the Skywalker’s release. "I was like, 'Aww! No one wants to employ me.'"

She added that 'there were actually loads of things that I auditioned for at the beginning of the year and didn’t get any of them'.

"I had that moment of 'Oh my god!' and then just thought 'everything in it’s right time,'" she said.

Ridley struggled to secure roles.
JEP Celebrity Photos / Alamy Stock Photo

Eventually, Ridley secured a voice role in the video game Twelve Minutes, in which she plays woman stuck in a time loop with her husband.

The adventure game is available to play on Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Playstation 5 and was released in 2021.

It was added to Netflix this month. You can watch the trailer below:

It takes place mostly in a small apartment and requires the player to repeat events of a 12-minute cycle in order to solve a mystery.

The characters are unnamed but the husband is voiced by X-Men star James McAvoy and he is forced to relive the past 12 minutes over and over again.

Ridley has a voice role in 12 Minutes.
Annapurna Interactive

Since then, Ridley has lined up a voice role in The Inventor, an animated feature with an all star cast including Marion Cotillard, Stephen Fry and Matt Berry.

The stop-motion tale tells the story of Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.

Meanwhile, she’s also set to star in and produce the film Sometimes I Think About Dying, which premieres at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

She'll appear in the film adaptation of the 2017 novel The Marsh King’s Daughter and Young Woman and the Sea, a biopic about Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel.

Topics: Star Wars, Film and TV, Celebrity