Daisy Ridley treated BB-8 like a child

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 9 December 2015
Daisy Ridley

Daisy Ridley

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' actress Daisy Ridley has admitted she was lulled into treating BB-8 like a child

Daisy Ridley was lulled into treating BB-8 like a child.

The 23-year-old actress - who appears in the role of Rey in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - has revealed she started to treat the droid like a real-life person while they were working on the new movie.

She admitted: "I had a chat with BB-8, and I remember [director J.J. Abrams] saying, 'He's not a child' and obviously the impulse because he's small and cute is to infantilize.

"The impulse is to baby talk, but he's not a child. He's a droid with a mission."

In fact, Daisy said the droid developed so many human-like characteristics that she started to feel like she was performing alongside a regular actor.

She told TIME: "After they created him and puppeted him everyday and they gave him so much life that it didn't really feel any different to acting with a person.

"He's there moving around, he's making noises, he's responding to what I'm saying. It really is just like having a conversation."

Meanwhile, Daisy admitted recently that she cried when she watched 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' for the first time.

She said: "I came out [after the movie] and was like, 'Yeah, I'm cool. And then in the car I was like crying the whole way, and then the whole way home - a 10-hour journey. It's the first time I've ever really seen myself do something."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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