'It's hard to date once you're a Star Wars star, because you don't want to give people the ability to say, I had sex with Princess Leia' - Carrie Fisher to Daisy Ridley
Published 15/12/2015 | 07:32
Daisy Ridley may be a star in one of the biggest films of 2015, but she is certainly not one to forget her humble beginnings.
Ridley (23) has revealed that getting a part in BBC TV show Casualty was a bigger deal to her than being cast as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Describing how her debut gig as an actress will always be the stand-out moment of her career, the 23-year-old said she was delighted to feature in the popular drama.
"I was over the moon. I grew up with it on in our house," she said.
Ridley featured in the hit show in 2013 when she played the role of Fran Bedingfield in an episode called, And the Walls Come Tumbling Down.
Two years on, and she's now among the ensemble for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Sharing the honour with the likes of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Lupita Nyong'o, the film is, no doubt, set to be a huge box office success.
Gearing up to become the idol of many Star Wars fans, Daisy recently admitted that Fisher, who played Princess Leia in 1977, gave her advice about warding off stalkers.
Daisy told the Sunday Times Style magazine: "[Carrie is] brilliant. Amazing. One of the smartest, funniest women I've ever met.
"She gave Ridley tips about stalkers, joking: 'It's hard to date once you're a big Star Wars star, because you don't want to give people the ability to say, I had sex with Princess Leia'."
Meanwhile, eager Star Wars super-fans camped outside Los Angeles' TCL Chinese Theatre for days (some for up to 12 days) in anticipation of last night's premiere in Hollywood.
In order to be eligible to purchase a pair of tickets for the first public showing of the film, they had to spend at least 24 hours in the queue.
The world premiere of the film was held at three LA-based venues: the Chinese Theatre, the Dolby (where the Oscars take place) and the El Capitan Theatre.
Australian Caroline Ritter and her fiance Andrew Porters, got married outside the Chinese Theatre last night, in a special Star Wars-themed wedding.
"It was the theatre's idea," 34-year-old Ritter told Mashable. "They asked if anyone was interested in getting married here on the premiere date."
The wedding itself was live-streamed, and Ritter wore a Star Wars-themed dress.
"The dress has handmade crystal X-wing starfighters on it," she said. "I am nervous but so excited," she said yesterday.