For 24 year old actress, Daisy Ridley, best known for her breakout role as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it’s a great time to be alive. Before February 2014, who would’ve known she’d be the female lead in the highest grossing film of 2015. Before Daisy became Rey, most of her acting career consisted of minor roles in television shows, and not many people had even heard of her. Now, she is an internationally known actress for one of the biggest sci-fi franchises of our time. (Star Wars episode VIII will hit theatres in May of 2017, and Star Wars episode IX opens in 2019.)
Ridley received an award at the MTV Movie Awards for Breakout Performance, and basically spent her 24th birthday sitting next to J.J. Abrams at the award show. Her acceptance speech was beautiful and inspiring. She thanks MTV, all those who voted for her, J.J. Abrams, and George Lucas. She goes on to say that she’s grateful to be a part of a film that “represents people of all genders (2 genders), all races, and all ages in such a positive and aspirational way.”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens received an award for “Movie of the Year,” beating out Avengers: Age of Ultron, Creed, Deadpool, Straight out of Compton, and Jurassic Park. Ridley’s acting colleague, Adam Driver, also received an award. His was for Best Villain.