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Daisy Ridley Talks Fan ‘Star Wars’ Theories and Rey’s Parents

Daisy Ridley Talks Fan ‘Star Wars’ Theories and Rey’s Parents


Daisy Ridley has dismissed fan Star Wars theories that Felicity Jones plays her character’s mother in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Ridley shot to fame playing Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and fans heavily speculated about Rey’s parentage ahead of the film’s December release, yet the answer was never revealed in the movie.

Fans are still convinced Rey will have a powerful family connection, and jumped onto the idea Jones’s rebel fighter character Jyn was her mother after the trailer for Rogue One, a stand alone Star Wars film, was released last week.

However Ridley has now dismissed the idea, claiming fans have only made the connection because Rey and Jyn both have British accents and similar hair.

“I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mom,” she told MTV backstage at the MTV Movie Awards.

Ridley claims she doesn’t know if Rey is a Jedi, but she is aware of who Rey’s parents are, and she doesn’t think it will be the explosive revelation fans are anticipating.

“I think the amazing thing about (The Force Awakens) is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place,” she continues. “So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is.”

The actress picked up the Best Breakthrough Performance MTV Movie Award on Saturday night, the day before her 24th birthday on Sunday.

The Force Awakens was a triple winner on the night, taking home further golden popcorn statuettes for Best Villain (Adam Driver) and Movie of the Year.

Mark Hamill, who plays Luke Skywalker, celebrated Ridley’s birthday on Twitter by sharing a picture of the actress giving him a piggyback. He wrote, “A long time ago (last week I think) In a galaxy far, far way(@PinewoodStudios ) THIS happened! Happy Birthday Daisy!”

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Emma Loggins Emma Loggins is the Editor in Chief of FanBolt. As an internationally recognized "Geek Girl", Emma updates daily on the latest entertainment news, her opinions on current happenings in the media, screening/filming opportunities, inside scoops and more.  She’s been writing on the world of geekdom and pop culture since 2002 and is also considered to be one of the top Atlanta bloggers and influencers!


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