It can be hard navigating your way out of a successful franchise and back into ‘regular’ work, and Daisy Ridley is finding that to be the case as she talks with EW, describing a quiet period after Episode IX when new projects dried up, a less than purple patch that is now getting busier with plenty of vocal work, something Ridley appears to enjoy.
“It was so sad to finish [Star Wars],” she says over Zoom from London. “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,” she continues. “I was like, ‘Aww! No one wants to employ me.'” Ridley later remarks how “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,'” she says.
Ridley voices a woman living with her husband, who’s stuck in a time loop, in the Xbox and PC game Twelve Minutes, to be published by Annapurna’s video game division. With both characters unnamed (it’s part of the mystery), this man, voiced by It Chapter Two’s James McAvoy, witnesses a gun-touting stranger (The Lighthouse’s Willem Dafoe) burst into his apartment and attack his wife for some past grievance. The man is then forced to relive the past 12 minutes over and over again until he can figure out the mystery surrounding this event and, hopefully, stop it from happening altogether.
Ridley now has a few other voice parts on her plate, including Baba Yaga, an animated interactive film for the virtual-reality Oculus Quest platform that features Jennifer Hudson, Kate Winslet, and Glenn Close. Ridley will also lend her talents to an original Audible series, Islanders, from playwright Elinor Cook.
Scripts for other potential projects have come across her way during London’s pandemic-prompted quarantine. “There have been awesome things,” Ridley says, “and obviously no one knows when they’re gonna go.” Certain projects, like Jurassic World: Dominion and The Girlfriend Experience season 3, are currently filming in the U.K. with added safety measures, but that’s not the norm for most productions at the moment.
“There’s one thing that I’m gonna do that’s super f—ing dark,” she teases. “I was like, ‘Do we need something this dark?’ But it’s also really interesting and about memory and everything’s a bit fragmented. I definitely feel like what I wanna watch and I guess be part of is something with some joy. That’s what people need.”
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