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Daisy Ridley on Star Wars Retconning Last Jedi and Rey’s Parents

Who is Rey? It’s a question that’s becoming one of the defining talking points of the most recent “Star Warstrilogy. The answer is simple (she’s Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter), but the road to get there was anything but.

Rey’s parentage was kept secret in “The Force Awakens,” leading to fan theories debating whether the character was the offspring of a Skywalker, or a Kenobi, and so on. “The Last Jedi” rejected those theories by revealing that Rey was a nobody, an orphan whose parents weren’t bound by “Star Wars” lore. “The Rise of Skywalker” then came back, revealing Rey as Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter after all.

Given the hugely divisive response to “The Last Jedi,” many people felt that “The Rise of Skywalker” revoked Rey’s “nobody” parentage and traced her lineage back to Palpatine was a deliberate choice by Lucasfilm to appease the fandom. Ray himself, Daisy Ridleyrecently weighed in on the retcon debate at a interview with Rolling Stone.

“Well, JJ [Abrams] was the one who thought, She doesn’t belong to anyone, so it wasn’t just ‘The Last Jedi’ where that message was,” Ridley said. “What was interesting to me about the last one was you can be a hero and come from nowhere, or you can be a hero and literally come from the worst person in the universe. You are not your parents, you are not your grandparents, you are not your bloodline and you are not the generations before you. So I was always like, sure.

“But it’s beyond my salary,” Ridley added. “I say the words, do the thing. I really like the version of, you can be anyone you want to be, but I also like the version where you can right wrongs and not help what you were born into.

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So there you have it. Ridley was okay with the decision to make Rey a Palpatine, even though she would have liked Rey to remain a “nobody”. The actor has always been at the center of fan controversies surrounding Rey, and she even left social media during her “Star Wars” tenure to do misogynistic backlash against toxic trolls. Ridley told recently Variety that future “Star Wars” female leads like Amandla Stenberg in “The Acolyte” should just drown out the noise.

“The world is a crazy place,” Ridley said. “It’s important to tune things out. Not just with ‘Star Wars’, but with everything, you try to be in the moment and enjoy what it is because life moves fast. Amandla Stenberg can handle herself. She’s been working for a long time.”

“Everyone knows how things are and how they can be,” concluded Ridley. “We all live in that, with people saying more than necessary and commenting more than necessary. It’s so individual. Find the good in everything and enjoy it.”

Ridley recently debuted her new indie drama, “Sometimes I Think About Dying,” at the Sundance Film Festival.



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