Daisy Ridley weighs in on ‘Rise of Skywalker’ Retconning ‘The Last Jedi’ and Rey’s parentage: ‘It’s beyond my pay grade’

Who is King? It’s a question that became one of the defining talking points of the most recent “Star Wars” trilogy. The answer is simple (she is the granddaughter of Emperor Palpatine), but the path to get there was anything but.

Rey’s ancestry was kept a mystery in “The Force Awakens,” which ignited fan theories debating whether the character was descended from a Skywalker, a Kenobi, etc. “The Last Jedi” dismissed those theories by revealing that Rey was nobody, an orphan whose parents were not tied to “Star Wars” lore. “The Rise of Skywalker” then backtracked, revealing Rey to be Emperor Palpatine’s granddaughter after all.

Given the hugely divisive response to “The Last Jedi,” many people felt that “The Rise of Skywalker” retaking Rey’s “nobody” parentage and tying her lineage to Palpatine was a deliberate choice made by Lucasfilm to satisfy the fandom. Rey herself, Daisy Ridley, recently weighed in on the retcon debate during an interview with Rolling Stone.

“Okay, J.J. [Abrams] was the one that said, she belongs to nobody, so it wasn’t just in ‘The Last Jedi’ where that was the message,” Ridley said. “The interesting thing about the last one, to me, was that you can be a hero and come from nowhere or you can be a hero and come from literally the worst person in the universe. They are not your parents, they are not your grandparents, they are not your lineage, and they are not the generations before you. So, I was always like, sure.”

“But it’s beyond my salary level,” Ridley added. “I say the words, I do the things. I love the version that you can be whoever you want to be, but I also love the version where you can rectify mistakes and you can’t help what you were born into.

So there you have it. Ridley agreed with the decision to make Rey a Palpatine even if he would have loved Rey to remain “nobody”. The actress has always been at the center of fan controversies surrounding Rey, and she even left social media during her “Star Wars” tenure to generate a misogynistic backlash from toxic trolls. Ridley recently said Variety that future “Star Wars” female leads like Amandla Stenberg in “The Acolyte” should drown out the noise.

“The world is a crazy place,” Ridley said. “It is important to disconnect from things. Not just with ‘Star Wars,’ but with everything, you try to be in the moment and enjoy what is because life moves so fast. Amandla Stenberg can handle herself. She has been working for a long time ”.

“Everyone knows how things are and how they can be,” Ridley concluded. “We all live in it, with people saying more than they need to and commenting more than they need to. It’s so individual. Find the good in everything and enjoy it.”

Ridley recently premiered her new independent drama, “Sometimes I Think About Dying,” at the Sundance Film Festival.

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