Jessica Henwick has opened up about auditioning for the part of Rey in the Star Wars sequels, only to narrowly miss out to Daisy Ridley.
The British actress told NME that she found it “very hard” when she didn’t get the role in the blockbuster trilogy, especially since she described the six-month-long audition process as “very long, very arduous”.
But while Henwick was devastated not to get the part of Rey, she now understands why Ridley beat her to the part.
She said that Ridley did such “an incredible job and it was 100 percent her journey to make. It wasn’t meant for me — my life would have been completely different”.
As well as leading The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi and The Rise Of Skywalker, Ridley has also played the title character in Ophelia, appeared in remake Murder On The Orient Express, and provided her voice to the animated movie Peter Rabbit.
However, there’s no need to feel too sorry for Henwick as her career has gone from strength-to-strength over the last few years.
Plus, Henwick ended up with a role in The Force Awakens anyway, as Abrams wrote the character of Jess Pava, the first female X-Wing pilot, for her, which Henwick admitted was a “sweet consolation prize”.
“It was an incredible journey, getting to work with JJ, locked in a room together for hours over and over,” she said. “I will carry his demeanour with me – the childlike excitement he has is something that I want to always have, no matter what job I’m doing.”
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