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Daisy Ridley: Rey is the new Katniss

Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Daisy Ridley has no idea how to cope with being catapulted to worldwide fame.

Actress Daisy Ridley hopes her Star Wars character will inspire people in the same way Katniss Everdeen has.

The 23-year-old Brit plays Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the gutsy character is set to win fans all over the world. Following rumours that Rey is the daughter of Hans Solo and Princess Leia, Daisy would love to see her inspire younger girls just as Katniss did in The Hunger Games franchise.

“So many people look up to Jennifer Lawrence playing Katniss in The Hunger Games,” Daisy told Britain’s Hello! magazine. “For them to look up to Rey and what she represents would be fantastic. She’s a wonderful character... The reason I love her so much is she does all the fun stuff. She fights, runs and protects herself and has an incredible emotional story...

“But there’s nothing ‘role model’ about me. I’m not changing the world. I’m a pretty ordinary person.”

Star Wars fans were eagerly awaiting the latest instalment of the iconic movie series until its release this month (Dec15) and Daisy has no idea how to deal with the attention that comes with starring in such a film.

While she doesn’t want to look too far into the future, the fledgling actress hopes playing Rey will lead to other career highlights.

“I don’t know if I can prepare for it,” Daisy said. “What will be will be. Bigger things happen in the world every day. People keep saying, ‘Your life will change,’ but people’s lives change every day. I’m in an extraordinary situation but it’s all a path. Everything happens for a reason. Hopefully, people will think I do a good job and will want me to do other cool things. But it’s almost like starting at the top of a mountain.”

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