– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Right now, Daisy Ridley seems to be living the dream. She’s starring in a potential Oscar contender with Murder on the Orient Express, she’s starring in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, perhaps the biggest sequel ever, and she’s in the process of shooting Chaos Walking, a YA adaptation from Doug Liman that co-stars Spider-Man himself Tom Holland.

Needless to say, she’s arrived. It’s hard to believe that only a few years ago, she couldn’t have foreseen this in front of her. Speaking with Vogue, director J.J. Abrams shared this little tidbit:

“At the beginning she was claiming she was almost done with acting—she’d been working at a pub.”

Obviously, quitting isn’t a unique story in the business. Those who live in Hollywood all know their fair share of aspiring actors, and many of them live very difficult lives hopping from waiting jobs to nanny jobs to any job that gives them the flexibility to audition in a competitive environment.

That being said, Rey was a great find for Star Wars, and has proven to be a great addition to the canon. What’s more is that she looks to potentially be an actor who will easily have a career beyond Star Wars, which we know is a very difficult thing to do.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.