Daisy Ridley won the best breakthrough performance award at the MTV Movie Awards for her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – and then told reporters she doesn’t think lightsaber-wielding heroine Rey is a Jedi.
The 24-year-old English actress also discussed whether Rogue One character Jyn Erso could be Rey’s mother.
Speaking backstage at the MTV Movie Awards in California on Saturday night (April 9), Ridley said that the next film will be “darker” than Episode VII.
Asked if Rey was a Jedi-in-waiting, Ridley replied: “I don’t know if I am a Jedi… I don’t think I am.”
She continued: “We’ve had this debate as to whether Leia is because she uses her Force powers. Just because she’s not like, ‘Oh I’m going on an adventure’ like Luke doesn’t make her any less Forceful.”
Amid rumours that new character Jyn Erso, who will debut in forthcoming spin-off film Rogue One, could hold the key to Rey’s parenthood, Ridley said: “I’m not being funny you guys, but just because she’s white and got brown hair… it doesn’t mean she’s my mum”.
“I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place. So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is.”
Episode VIII will be preceded by Rogue One: A Star Wars Story this December.
Rogue One is the first in a series of on-screen adventures exploring stories outside the core Star Wars saga.
The film is directed by Gareth Edwards, whose previous movies were Godzilla and Monsters.
Since its release in mid-December, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens has raked in over $2 billion at the global box office, making it the third highest-grossing film of all time behind James Cameron’s Avatar and Titanic.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is out on DVD and BluRay later this month.