Daisy Ridley Reveals She Almost Quit 'Star Wars' During 'The Force Awakens' Filming

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To say the cast of Star Wars is famous would be a serious understatement. The late and great Carrie Fisher (Leia Organa), along with actors Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Harrison Ford (Hans Solo), became household names overnight when Episode IV - A New Hope was released in 1977. That immense fame has lasted over 40 years later.

Joining a franchise this huge would presumably be incredibly overwhelming, which is why Daisy Ridley considered quitting when she started filming The Force Awakens back in 2014, CinemaBlend reports.

Ridley admitted in a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast that the enormity of playing the starring role of Rey in the latest trilogy really spooked her at first. She recalled of filming:

"It was pretty horrid. It was really scary. I felt just sick and I didn’t really know anyone yet. It takes me a really long time to settle down with people. And I do remember being behind the speeder and there were loads of people there and somebody had an umbrella over me and even that, like, ‘Oh someone’s holding an umbrella over you? OK.’ And I remember thinking, ‘I can’t do it.’ Like I can’t do this, this is not right."

Thankfully Ridley stuck it out, and now we get to see how her (and Rey’s) Star Wars journey ends in The Rise of Skywalker, out Dec. 20.