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As the comfort blanket of Star Wars is about to scroll into the distance for what could be the final time, Daisy Ridley is on the cusp of a career beyond the role of Rey – and the future looks good. Chatting with Bustle, she discussed social media, fandom and her nervousness at seeing herself onscreen in The Force Awakens.

Here, Daisy describes her feelings about social media, prefaced by a spot-on observation by article writer Sage Young.

Photographed by Colette Aboussouan

Rey was classified by some angry fanboys as a “Mary Sue,” an unrealistically perfect character; The Last Jedi was vilified by many for its progressive storytelling and the way it invalidated — or was totally uninterested in — various fan theories; and Kelly Marie Tran, who plays Resistance mechanic Rose Tico, was bullied off of social media by racist and sexist rhetoric and threats.

Fan entitlement is nothing new. The Simpsons’ Comic Book Guy, who first appeared on the show in 1991, is handy pop culture shorthand for the fan who believes that his in-depth knowledge of a piece of media means that that media must cater to him or be deemed worthless.

“It’s great that people are expressive of their views. But this is people’s jobs. People worked really, really hard on that thing. I think there’s a way of having a discussion that isn’t so vicious.”

“Because if you’ve got however many followers, and you write something that you think is, like, so deep, and a hundred people like it, it’s constant reinforcement.”

“I was at my friend’s birthday, and one of her friends, who I barely know, was like, ‘Hey, really liked the first Star Wars. Didn’t really like the second one,’ and I thought, ‘That’s rude, dude! That’s my job!'”

Journey to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spark of the Resistance
  • Hardcover Book
  • Ireland, Justina (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 224 Pages - 10/04/2019 (Publication Date) - Disney Lucasfilm Press (Publisher)