Daisy Ridley Says Her 'Privilege' Is No Different From John Boyega's

Dan Seddon

From Men's Health

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actress Daisy Ridley has attracted criticism following a recent interview with The Guardian.

Ridley, who plays scavenger-turned-Jedi apprentice Rey in the franchise, made comments in response to a question about privilege.

When talking about her private eduction, Daisy replied by suggesting that she is no more privileged than her Star Wars co-star John Boyega, which has been met with heavy criticism on social media.

Photo credit: Lucasfilm
Photo credit: Lucasfilm

Ridley was asked if her background–including private boarding school and relatives who are established in the industry–has helped her to navigate the world of celebrity easier than her peers.

The star replied: "The privilege I have–how? No, genuinely, how?"

When reporter Nosheen Iqbal explained she meant in terms of class and wealth and wasn't criticizing her, Ridley went on to suggest that her experiences weren't too dissimilar to those of her co-star John Boyega.

Boyega, who plays Finn in the franchise, was raised in south London by British-Nigerian immigrant parents and applied for a hardship fund to join Theatre Peckham.

"Well no, because, no… John grew up on a council estate in Peckham and I think me and him are similar enough that… no," the actress continued.

Photo credit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Kimmel - YouTube
Photo credit: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Kimmel - YouTube

Over on Twitter, people aren't impressed at all by her statements and took the opportunity to share their disappointment.

Just be warned, there's some strong language ahead:

Some Twitter users did defend Ridley, with one writing: "Like any other human being, she isn't perfect and she too can make mistakes and learn from them. Yes she is ignorant but for that she needs to be educated properly and not cancelled."

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