The force is strong in these women.
In this exclusive featurette for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lupita Nyong'o, Gwendoline Christie and Daisy Ridley—who star as Maz Kanata, Captain Phasma and Rey, respectively—share their first memories of the film franchise that began in 1977 and is now beloved by millions of fans around the world. "Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that Star Wars would continue 30 years later," says Nyong'o, whose character was brought to life via motion capture and CGI technology. "I would stand on that set and marvel at the fact that I got to be a part of this universe." Looking back, she recalls, "The process of making this film was surreal."
Christie, perhaps best known for her role as Brienne of Tarth in HBO's Game of Thrones, has loved Star Wars since age 6. "I remember seeing Princess Leia and her strength, her wit, her determination, and thinking, 'I want to be like her,'" says the star, whose villainous, armored character is a member of the Dark Order. "When I heard they were going to be casting for the films, I was so excited."
Ridley, a relative newcomer, still can't believe Rey plays such an integral part in the Star Wars universe. "To play a role that's so nuanced, and an incredibly emotional role, was thrilling," she reveals in the exclusive featurette above. "I hope that women—and men—see themselves in these characters."
To Christie's delight, Carrie Fisher also returns as Princess Leia.