‘Star Wars’ Star Daisy Ridley Reflects on Fan Backlash to Rey and Kylo Ren’s Climactic Kiss

Los Angeles, CA – Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley has shared her thoughts on the criticism and fan backlash surrounding her character, Rey, in the sequel trilogy. One particular moment that sparked intense discussion among fans was the emotional scene between Rey and the character Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver.

In a recent episode of the pop culture podcast “Happy Sad Confused,” Ridley opened up about the divisive response to Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker. The focal point of the discourse was the kiss shared between Rey and Kylo Ren, which occurs after he turns against Emperor Palpatine to save her. Unfortunately for fans who shipped the pair, Kylo Ren dies shortly after the kiss.

While some fans found the kiss to be a fitting conclusion to their enemies-to-lovers storyline, others believed that it was not earned. Ridley, on the other hand, felt that the moment was well-deserved. She described it as a meaningful goodbye and expressed that the entire scene felt emotional, signaling the end of her journey in the franchise.

Reflecting on the fan sentiment towards Rey, Ridley discussed how it evolved between the release of The Last Jedi and Rise of Skywalker. One point of contention was Rey’s parentage. While The Last Jedi suggested that she was the child of nobody significant, Rise of Skywalker later revealed that she was the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine, who had somehow survived.

Ridley acknowledged that J.J. Abrams, the director of Rise of Skywalker, had originally intended for Rey to be “of no one.” However, she also found the new revelation about her character’s lineage interesting, emphasizing the idea that anyone can be a hero, regardless of their bloodline. She admitted that the decision ultimately exceeded her authority as an actress, and she simply delivered the lines and performed accordingly.

Despite the controversies surrounding her character, Ridley expressed her eagerness to continue playing Rey in the upcoming Star Wars film. She conveyed a sense of growth and maturity since joining the franchise, stating that she now feels worthy of her role after gaining more experience as an actress through working with other filmmakers.

The new Star Wars film, focusing on Rey’s journey to rebuild the Jedi Order, will be directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and takes place fifteen years after the events of Rise of Skywalker.

In conclusion, Ridley’s reflections on the fan responses and her own interpretation of Rey’s character offer insight into the challenges and complexities of bringing such an iconic role to life. The upcoming film presents an opportunity for her to further explore the evolution of Rey and her role in the Star Wars universe.