During an interview with Josh Gad on Jimmy Kimmel Live (he was a guest host), Daisy Ridley was asked if she knew Rey’s parentage from the beginning of The Force Awakens.
Though Ridley laughed it off, and was her usual charming self, her answers suggest that Rey’s parentage and backstory was never a consistent thing.
She said: “No. At the beginning there was toying with an Obi-Wan connection, and then there were, like, different versions. And then it really went to that she was no one. And then it came to Episode 9, and J.J. pitched me the film and was like, ‘Oh yeah, Palpatine’s your grandaddy,’ and I was like, ‘Awesome.’ And then two weeks later he was like, ‘Oh, we’re not sure’. So it kept changing, so then even after filming, and I wasn’t sure what the answer was going to be.”
When Gad asked Ridley who Rey’s grandmother is, she followed up with: “You tell me, Josh.” This makes it evident that there isn’t a canon answer to this question, and if there is, Ridley doesn’t know it.
Ridley isn’t opposed to reprising the role, but she does feel that “Rise of Skywalker was tied up with a bow”, marking the end of Rey’s story, as well as Ridley’s presence in the franchise.
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