‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ star Daisy Ridley denies Jyn Erso is Rey’s mum, says Rey’s parentage isn’t important

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Actor Daisy Ridley poses for cameras as she arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. Reuters/Dylan Martinez

“Star Wars” character Rey’s parentage isn’t as important as everyone thinks it is, Daisy Ridley said. The 24-year-old “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star revealed she knows who her character’s parents are, debunking rumours that Rey’s mother is Jyn Erso from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

When the trailer for the “Rogue One” was released earlier this week, speculations were rife that Jyn (Felicity Jones) was Rey’s mother. “Rogue One” is a separate story from “The Force Awakens” but is in the same Star Wars Universe. The theories about the two women’s familial connection mostly stem from their physical looks as well as their British accents.

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But Ridley was quick to debunk those rumours, saying Rey and Jyn are not related.

“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,” she told MTV during the MTV Movie Awards on Saturday in California, US.

So if it’s not Jyn, then who are her parents? In “The Force Awakens,” Rey is seen being left perhaps by her parents on the planet Jakku as a child. And as she appears to have rights to Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker’s lightsabre, there are theories that she may be Luke’s (Mark Hamill) daughter or Darth Vader’s reincarnation.

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Whatever theory fans believe in, one thing is certain on their mind: Rey’s parentage is an important aspect in the Star Wars story.

Not so much, though. Ridley has once again crushed fans’ theories, telling MTV that she indeed knows who Rey’s parents are but they are not a big deal in the story.

“I think the amazing thing about [Episode VII] is that Finn and Rey don’t come from anywhere, and they find a place,” she said. “So to me, it’s funny that people think it’s so important because I don’t really think it is.”

If Rey’s parent is one of the past or present main characters in the Star Wars Universe, her background is indeed important because her lineage means her life is a legacy. But as Ridley said, her family background is not a big deal. But then again, she might just be saying that what matters more than her bloodline is her own person.

“Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which will hit theatres in 2017, is expected to see Luke training Rey to use the force. When asked if Rey will become a Jedi, Ridley answered, “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.”

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