Monday, August 31, 2020
Monday's Headlines | Star Wars Stars Work Issues
"It was so sad to finish [Star Wars]," Ridley explained. "When the film was released, I was like, 'Oh my God.' It was such a huge chapter. And, weirdly, the past few months of not having much… Obviously now it’s really nice to be working, but not having much [at the time] I feel like I processed the last five years. To be forced to slow down, it was good mentally for me because [Star Wars was] a big thing in my life."
"Weirdly, at the beginning of the year nothing was coming through," Ridley continued. "I was like, 'Aww! No one wants to employ me.' ...There were actually loads of things that I auditioned for at the beginning of the year and didn’t get any of them. I had that moment of 'Oh my god!' and then just thought 'everything in its right time.'"
Even with Ridley's struggles with getting work after The Rise of Skywalker, she does have a few projects in the pipeline, including starring in the long-awaited adaptation of Chaos Walking alongside Tom Holland, and voice work in Asteroid Hunters and The Inventor. She also is signed on to star in the fantasy drama Kolma and the World War II biopic A Woman of No Importance.
Ridley isn't the only sequel trilogy cast member to struggle with that sort of work-life balance outside of Star Wars, with her co-star John Boyega expressing in 2017 that he wanted to sign on for projects in between the Star Wars films in order to defy general audiences' expectations of him.