Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is hitting theaters in a few short days, and it’s time for fans to brush up on everything there is to know about the saga’s latest installment — starting with leading lady Daisy Ridley. We rounded up 16 things about Daisy Ridley that you probably didn’t know, from how she got her start in acting to the career paths she nearly pursued instead. (Plus: did you know she’s recorded a song with Barbra Streisand?!)
As the release date for Rise of Skywalker approaches, Ridley has been on a press tour for the film, sharing behind-the-scenes details like her spectacularly weird wrap gift from director J.J. Abrams. “There’s a show called The Great British Bake-Off,” Ridley told host Jimmy Kimmel while making a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Me and J.J. love this particular contestant, who will remain unnamed. But J.J. had made me a real, life-size mask of the contestant that fits on my head.”
As evidenced by this hilarious gift swap, Ridley has nothing but good things to say about the process of working with Abrams. She recently told Cinema Blend that she shot down one of Abrams’s early ideas for Rise of Skywalker, and marveled at the collaborative atmosphere that allowed her to speak up like that: “I will say the great thing about J.J. is I’ve felt authority like that from the get go,” she explained. “Even me never having done anything remotely like that before.”
“He always listened to what I had to say,” Ridley mused, joking: “Even if for the most part it’s wrong.”
Catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in theaters starting Dec. 20, 2019.
A version of this article was originally published in April 2016.