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Star Wars' Daisy Ridley reflects on being called "intimidating" and "aggressive" at work

"Is it because I maintained eye contact?"

Star Wars sequel trilogy's Daisy Ridley admits she's been labelled "intimidating" and "aggressive" while working in Hollywood.

Kicking back for the February 2021 issue of Tatler, the 28-year-old actress (who played Rey in a galaxy far, far away) recalled the moment a crew member on a different movie accused her of being this way.

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"I've been told that I'm intimidating. That was on Chaos Walking," she explained.

"I was having my hair done, having my wig put on. I remember thinking, 'God, should I be smaller? Should I be quieter?'

"I've been called aggressive, too; my energy is 'quite aggressive'. That was during a meeting with a director... I was thinking, 'But why? Is it because I maintained eye contact? Is it because I'm passionate about what we're talking about?'

"I dunno... You have that horrible sinking feeling of, God, do I not come across the way I think I do?" puzzled Daisy.

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On a lighter note, the star also went on to discuss her life-changing involvement with George Lucas' iconic franchise.

"I know there were a thousand other actresses who could have done it," she noted. "I guess ultimately it came to a point where I decided I have to be OK with this.

"I got this magical piece of luck. The stars aligned."

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the entire Skywalker Saga are available on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K now, as well as on Disney+, while Rise of Skywalker is also on Sky Cinema Premiere and NOW TV.

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