Prior to Star Wars, Daisy had bit parts in Casualty, Mr. Selfridge and even a cameo in a Wiley video. She claims bagging the role in hospital drama Casualty was more exciting than landing the lead in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “Casualty will always be my first ‘Oh my God’ moment as an actor,” she said. “ I was over the moon. I grew up with it on in our house.”
She’s from West London and is the youngest of three girls. Despite going to boarding school (Tring Park School for The Performing Arts, that also counts Lily James and Jessica Brown Findlay among its former pupils) she’s not posh (she school place was via a scholarship.) “ Where we live is quite upmarket but it wasn’t when my Dad bought the house 30-years-ago. We’re the poor people in the area.”
Before landing the role of Ray, Daisy wasn’t clued up on Star Wars. “ I was not a huge fan. If the spectrum goes from ‘seen the films’ and ‘like the film’ to ‘know everything that happens’ I’m definitely on the first side of that. I obviously know a lot more now, but I don’t think I’ll ever know as much as some people do – and I’m OK with that.”
Whilst auditioning (she did five) she felt like the force was with her. “ I just had a funny feeling in my body. It felt like the whole time – even though I thought I was doing a shit job in the auditions – there was something pushing me on, telling me ‘this’ was going to happen.”
Carrie ‘Princess Leia’ Fisher gave her tips on fans and stalkers, joking, “ It’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars character, because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, ‘ I’ve had sex with Princess Leia.’”
Daisy’s already met the Star Wars super fan. “ In Japan, people are incredibly respectful whilst, in England, it’s more pushing for selfies and signing. But people are already getting tattoos! Of my face! And I’m like, ‘You don’t even know what Ray is in the story.’ It seems insane to me.’”
To get ready for the role, there was three months of fitness and stunt training. “ Five hours a day, but that sounds more intense than it felt at the time. Obviously we would stop and chat the whole way through!”
Despite being transported overnight into the orbit of mega stardom - and even having a Star Wars doll made of her - Daisy’s determined to stay grounded. “ Maybe because I have a grip on reality and I read the news I know what’s out there, worse things happen than me being recognised walking down the street.”
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