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

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For more than 40 years, Star Wars has reigned as one of the world's most popular movie franchises, which has translated into overnight success for previously unknown actors who have had starring roles in the series. Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford became household names after appearing in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope (1977). Daisy Ridley knows the feeling, too—and knows that it can be rather overwhelming at times. Which is why, according to CinemaBlend, she considered quitting the iconic sci-fi series altogether back in 2014, shortly after filming on The Force Awakens commenced.

In a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Ridley admitted that the enormity of headlining such a huge franchise was pretty terrifying.

"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. We'll get to see her (and Rey's) final journey in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which is scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 20, 2019.