PORTER – When Daisy Ridley, 27, arrives at the beachside restaurant in Santa Monica wearing a white T-shirt under a loose jumpsuit, her hair pulled back into a casual ponytail, she looks like any other young tourist wandering in from the boardwalk. The impression isn’t far from reality. The British actress – who was plucked from happy obscurity at 21 and cast as Rey, the first central female protagonist of the Star Wars franchise – is a world-famous Hollywood outsider, as baffled by the rarefied world of moviemaking as the next person. This month, her part in the cult of the biggest money-making movie brand of all time will come to an end, as the final installment in the JJ Abrams-helmed trilogy, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker, hits our screens.
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