Daisy Ridley Discloses Star Wars Role Caused Her Leaky Gut and Physical Illness:”Am I good enough?”


“The Last Jedi” and “The Rise of Skywalker” were not well-received by fans, particularly due to aspects of Daisy Ridley’s character, Rey. Many fans felt that Rey’s development was too rapid and lacked logical explanation, and they were disappointed by revelations about her lineage and the expectations surrounding it.

Daisy Ridley has previously discussed her struggles with adjusting to newfound fame and handling the pressures of being part of the massive Star Wars fandom.

In her latest interview with The Times, Daisy Ridley revealed another aspect of her life impacted by Star Wars: her health. She detailed how the stress from shooting and traveling, which she was unaccustomed to before fame, led to her developing leaky gut syndrome.

Oh, God! Essentially, it was a leaky gut. I was just knackered. I’d never travelled that much, or done press junkets, and my body deals with stress in a very physical way, so my gut was manifesting an emotional reaction to travelling around the world, people saying hello to me in the street. And me going, “What’s going on?” And worrying. “Oh s–t, should it be me?” or “Am I good enough?” And I only really felt I was by the third film, The Rise of Skywalker . By then, I felt, “OK, I was chosen for a reason.” But it took a long time. It was super intense.

This is not surprising, as emotional states and digestion are closely connected. Chronic gut syndromes are often linked to stress and other psychological factors, making it valuable that Ridley is raising awareness about this issue.

Fortunately, the actress now has better control over this aspect of fame. She has previously mentioned that she is “owning it” as she grows older and wiser.

I suppose I feel more like I’m owning it. I suppose I owned it the first time. Basically, I’m an adult now. I certainly did not feel like an adult at the time. Obviously, personally, things have changed, and professionally, I’ve had lots of other experiences, and so I definitely feel like it’s a different thing this time.

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