Daisy Ridley couldn’t get a job after starring in the Star Wars sequels

Daisy Ridley is firmly anchored in the Star Wars universe thanks to her role as Rey, but the actress struggled to secure roles after appearing in the space opera films.

The 30-year-old star appeared in the most recent Star Wars trilogy, starting with The power awakens in 2015.

After becoming one of the new faces of the multi-billion dollar, Disney-owned blockbuster franchise, you’d think Ridley would have endless job openings, but she’s revealed that wasn’t the case.

Daisy Ridley as Rey. Credit: Lucas Film

After the release of the last movie in the new trilogy, The rise of the Skywalker in December 2019, Ridley struggled job wise in the ensuing months before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out.

“Weirdly, nothing came through at the beginning of the year,” she explained to Entertainment Weekly, describing the following months. The rise of the Skywalkers release. “I was like ‘Aww! Nobody wants to hire me.'”

She added that “there were actually a lot of things I auditioned for at the beginning of the year and didn’t get any of it.”

“I had that moment of ‘Oh my God!’ and then just thought ‘everything in its own time,'” she said.

Ridley struggled to secure roles.  Credit: JEP Celebrity Photos/Alamy Stock Photo
Ridley struggled to secure roles. Credit: JEP Celebrity Photos/Alamy Stock Photo

Eventually, Ridley landed a voice role in the video game Twelve minutesin which she plays a woman caught in a time loop with her husband.

The adventure game is available to play on Xbox, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Playstation 5 and was released in 2021.

It was added to Netflix this month. You can watch the trailer below:

Usually set in a small apartment, it requires the player to repeat events of a 12-minute cycle to solve a mystery.

The characters are unnamed, but the husband is voiced by X-Men star James McAvoy and he’s forced to relive the last 12 minutes over and over.

Ridley has a voice role in 12 Minutes.  Credit: Annapurna Interactive
Ridley has a voice role in 12 Minutes. Credit: Annapurna Interactive

Since then, Ridley has landed a voice role The inventor, an animated film with a star cast including Marion Cotillard, Stephen Fry and Matt Berry.

The stop-motion story tells the story of the Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.

In the meantime, she will also play the lead role and produce the film Sometimes I think about dying which will premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.

She will appear in the 2017 film adaptation of the novel The Swamp King’s Daughter and Young woman and the seaa biopic about Olympic swimmer Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel.

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