This film is the conclusion of the trilogy. Are you ready to say goodbye to the character and are you satisfied with the conclusion?
I’m very satisfied with the conclusion. It is weird to think that it’s over. But Rey isn’t a million miles away from any woman I know. She’s brave and she does the best thing. All the women I’m surrounded by are like that, so it’s not such a leap to imagine that the next projects I do are going to be somewhat like that. I think she has all the best qualities of any person.
Rey flirts with the dark side in this film, and even gets a red lightsaber. What was that like? I’m not going to lie… it felt amazing. I was like: “This is so cool!” It was really interesting, because I noticed that people responded to me differently in that outfit. Over the last three movies, I’ve never really worn anything dark and hooded. I haven’t looked scary at all, so it was funny to see how people reacted to me in this costume. I’m super chatty anyway, but people were not as chatty, which I found quite curious and quite fun. But no, it was great. I loved it.
Did you have to learn how to fight with the red lightsaber?
I don’t want to ruin the moment in the movie where Rey has the red lightsaber, but a fun thing about it is that it was quite heavy and it was weighted differently to the other lightsabers I’d used in the past. This one was really quite hard to hold. And when it flips around, I have to catch it – but there were many times where I didn’t. I would try to be super intense, but the lightsaber would just be swinging around, which was hilarious. That’s my lasting memory of that lightsaber: laughing a lot! But it was fun to play dress-up anyway and it was fun to do that side of things, which is a different vibe.
How much did you enjoy the physical training to play Rey?
Well, I got my green belt in kickboxing, which
I was really thrilled about. A guy called Jamie came in to help with some of the fight stuff and I said to him: “I want a green belt.” And he trained me, so that was great, because that was a skill I definitely never had before!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is available to stream on Disney+ now