Daisy Ridley thinks the response to her Star Wars: The Force Awakens character is sexist. The 24-year-old actress doesn’t understand why her character in the science fiction franchise was dubbed a ‘Mary Sue’, a term originated from fan fiction and used to describe a female character who is so perfect that it is unrealistic and sometimes irritating.
Speaking on MTV’s ‘Happy Sad Confused’ podcast, she shared: “The Mary Sue thing in itself is sexist because it’s the name of a woman. Everyone was saying that Luke had the exact same [capabilities]. I think Rey is incredible vulnerable, and nothing she’s doing is for the greater good. She’s just doing what she thinks is the right thing. And she doesn’t want to do some of it, but she feels compelled to do it. So for me, I was just confused.”
Daisy is set to return to the screens as the heroic Rey in the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due for release in December 2017 and she recently hinted that fans should expect to explore more about Rey’s parentage.
When asked if Jyn (Felicity Jones) could be Rey’s mother, she told Vulture: “I mean, I think historically it wouldn’t work, because she is … Darth Vader is there … so she would ultimately be my great-grandma; no, she would be my grandma. I mean it could happen, especially in a galaxy far, far away.”
The actress was also quizzed as to whether she supports the fan theory that her character is related to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
She replied: “We will see in a year. Just sit tight on that question.”