Daisy Ridley has opened up about the poor response to Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, admitting she felt a little cold and unloved because of it. 

Ridley shot to fame with her performance as Rey in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which was not only met with great reviews by critics but made over £1.6 billion ($2 billion) at the box office, too.

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The Rise Of Skywalker fared much worse upon its release last December. Not only did critics see it as unimaginative fan service that defied its sequel, Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, but it only grossed just over £800 million ($1 billion) this time around.

Speaking to Drag Cast, Ridley was adamant that most of her experiences associated with the Star Wars franchise have been amazing, but did admit, “It’s changed film by film honestly.”

Ridley stands with the whole gang anticipating The Rise Of Skywalker backlash (Image by Lucasfilm)

She then added, “This last film it was really tricky. January was not that nice. It was weird, I felt like all of this love that we’d sort of been shown the first time around, I was like ‘Where’s the love gone?’”

The vehemently poor response from fans towards The Rise Of Skywalker really seemed apparent to Ridley when she decided to recently revisit the making of documentary for the blockbuster, which she says is “so filled with love.”

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“I think it’s that tricky thing of when you’re part of something that is so filled with love and then people…You know, everyone’s entitled to not like something but it feels like it’s changed slightly. I think in general that’s because social media and what have you.”

Ridley’s reputation has remained intact despite the poor response to Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, with the blame for the film being firmly laid at the feet of co-writers Chris Terrio and JJ Abrams, who also directed it.

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