The actress, who has played Jedi Rey in the most recent "Star Wars" movies, admits director J.J. Abrams warned her about the pressure of starring in a blockbuster, but she had no idea just how great that would be until she turned up on set.
During an episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, which was published earlier this week (beg July 01), she said, "It was pretty horrid. It was really scary. I felt just sick and I didn't really know anyone yet."
"It takes me a really long time to settle down with people... and there were loads of people there and somebody had an umbrella over me and even that, like, 'Oh someone's holding an umbrella over you? OK (sic).'"
"I remember thinking, 'I can't do it'. Like, I can't do this, this is not right."
Even members of her family felt the pressure of the role when she started shooting: "Even my mum at the premiere of Force Awakens went, 'I mean I’m nervous, but there must be a reason why they cast you'. Thanks Mum. It still sort of carried on, but I feel more confident now."
Ridley will return as Rey in the final film of the latest "Star Wars" trilogy, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker", at Christmas.