Actress Daisy Ridley has felt the need to make herself “smaller” onset after learning her passion and excitement for a role can be “intimidating” to others.
The Brit began doubting herself after discovering her high energy can make other people uncomfortable.
She told the February issue of Tatler magazine: “I’ve been told that I’m intimidating. That was on Chaos Walking. I was having my hair done, having my wig put on. I remember thinking, ‘God, should I be smaller? Should I be quieter?'”
Daisy revealed an unnamed director claimed she could also be “quite aggressive” because of her passion for a role, which made the Star Wars actress second guess her personality.
She continued: “I’ve been called aggressive, too; my energy is ‘quite aggressive’. That was during a meeting with a director. I was thinking, ‘But why? Is it because I maintained eye contact? Is it because I’m passionate about what we’re talking about?’ I dunno. You have that horrible sinking feeling of, ‘God, do I not come across the way I think I do?'”
However, filmmaker J.J. Abrams saw more to Daisy as she was chosen from thousands of young actresses to play Rey in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
She said: “I know there were a thousand other actresses who could have done it. I guess ultimately it came to a point where I decided I have to be OK with this. I got this magical piece of luck. The stars aligned. I have to be OK with the amazing chance.”
She added: “We are only a month apart in age and we always had each other in that. John had worked more than I had. Totally different upbringing. But there we were together. I never felt like I was doing it alone.”