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Entertainment Star Wars' Daisy Ridley describes the 'absolute fear' of being stalked - after a man followed her back to her New York hotel late at night

23:20  15 december  2019
23:20  15 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Daisy (pictured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) claims a large man followed her back to her New York hotel late at night a few years ago © Provided by Daily Mail Daisy (pictured in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker) claims a large man followed her back to her New York hotel late at night a few years ago

Hollywood star Daisy Ridley has revealed the 'utter fear' of being stalked after being catapulted into the limelight as a Star Wars cast member.

The 27-year-old, from London, who is best known for starring as Rey in the hit franchise, revealed she was left so traumatised by one late night incident, she turned to therapy after she began to live in fear.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: 'I've had a couple of stalking incidents and absolutely nothing can prepare you for the absolute fear you feel.' 

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Daisy who reprises her role for the latest installment, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, revealed she was followed by a large man while visiting New York a few years ago.

What's the difference? The actress, 27, who comes from a family of establishment figures and was privately educated, suggested her life experiences aren't dissimilar to John's, who had to apply for a hardship fund to join Theatre Peckham © Provided by Daily Mail What's the difference? The actress, 27, who comes from a family of establishment figures and was privately educated, suggested her life experiences aren't dissimilar to John's, who had to apply for a hardship fund to join Theatre Peckham

She claims that he followed her back to her hotel late at night, leaving her fearful he was an 'obsessive fan or someone with bad intentions'.

She continued: 'I started screaming and he ran way away. But I can remember the utter fear that came over me. I had to have some therapy after that, it really scared me.' 

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The actress admits she's often considered if she would've experienced the same frightful situations if she hadn't agreed to be in Star Wars. 

Daisy Ridley posing for the camera: Daisy (pictured) who was warned by JJ Abrams that some fans see Star Wars as a religion, said she tried to prepare herself mentally before joining the franchise © Provided by Daily Mail Daisy (pictured) who was warned by JJ Abrams that some fans see Star Wars as a religion, said she tried to prepare herself mentally before joining the franchise

Daisy who was working part-time as a barmaid before being selected by JJ Abrams to join the cast, said she prepared herself mentally by accepting that she wouldn't be able to go to the same places after fame.   

She was warned by the director that for some fans 'Star Wars is a religion'.     

Daisy's admissions of stalking come just days after she was accused of being 'tone deaf' by online critics as she said claimed to be no more privileged than her Star Wars co-star John Boyega.

The actress, who comes from a family of establishment figures and was privately educated, suggested her life experiences aren't dissimilar to John's, who had to apply for a hardship fund to join Theatre Peckham.

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STAR Wars beauty Daisy Ridley was left so terrified by stalkers after finding global fame with the film franchise that she had therapy. “The first one was in New York a couple of years back when this really big guy followed me back to my hotel late at night . “I didn’t know if he was just an obsessive

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During an interview with The Guardian, Daisy was quizzed on whether she thinks she finds it easier to 'navigate her celebrity' due to her privileged upbringing. 

Not happy: Daisy Ridley has been accused of being 'tone deaf' by online critics after she said she is no more privileged than her Star Wars co-star John Boyega © Provided by Daily Mail Not happy: Daisy Ridley has been accused of being 'tone deaf' by online critics after she said she is no more privileged than her Star Wars co-star John Boyega

Daisy reportedly appeared shocked by the accusation and questioned what sort of privilege she has, before the journalist explained in terms of class and wealth.

She insisted: 'Well no, because, no… John [Boyega] grew up on a council estate in Peckham and I think me and him are similar enough that… no.'

Daisy also added that her time at boarding school was for performing arts which was 'different', due to the fact she was there on a scholarship.

Rather than relating her confident nature to her nine years of private education, the star suggested that it was due to the fact she is apart of a big chatty family.

Daisy Ridley standing on a stage: British actor Daisy Ridley, 27, (pictured) , says repeated experiences of being followed left her so traumatised she had to seek therapy © Provided by Daily Mail British actor Daisy Ridley, 27, (pictured) , says repeated experiences of being followed left her so traumatised she had to seek therapy

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Fans were left shocked by her comments and many took to Twitter to express their viewers on her apparently similarity to John.

One said: 'Daisy Ridley really said she's not more privileged than John Boyega.'

While another added: 'LMAO, Hollywood peeps doing the most today. That Daisy Ridley doesn't think she's privileged and actually compares herself to John Boyega growing up on a council estate... the state.'

A third wrote: 'Lol @ Daisy Ridley being tone deaf and exposing herself as completely blind to her immense privilege.'

Another pointed out: 'LOL yes of course Daisy Ridley, @JohnBoyega growing up as a young black man in a council estate in Peckham is exactly the same as you growing up in a wealthy white family with a grandfather WHO LITERALLY HAS AN OBE.' 

One person penned: 'So yeaah... back Daisy Ridley thinking there's minimal difference between in background between her and John Boyega..'

A Twitter user hoped she had learned a lesson and said: 'Truly hope Daisy now realises that the fact she didn't think about it is, in fact, a sign of her privilege.'

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Another said: 'Seriously f--- this interview. How do we live in a world where Daisy Ridley doesn't recognise her privilege and life experience is different to JOHN BOYEGA.' 

John, who stars as Finn in the hit franchise, was brought up by British Nigerian immigrant parents in South London and has previously told how he applied for a hardship fund so that he could follow his dream of being an actor. 

While Daisy's grandfather, John Ridley OBE, was BBC head of the engineering from 1950 to 1965 and her great uncle was Dad’s Army star and playwright Arthur Ridley.

John Boyega et al. that are talking to each other: Confused: Daisy reportedly appeared shocked by the accusation and questioned what sort of privilege she has, before the journalist explained in terms of class and wealth © Provided by Daily Mail Confused: Daisy reportedly appeared shocked by the accusation and questioned what sort of privilege she has, before the journalist explained in terms of class and wealth

Daisy is the youngest of three daughters born to Louise Fawkner-Corbett, a banker, and Christopher Ridley, a photographer.

She has two older sisters, Kika Rose and Poppy Sophia.

Her mother's family, the Fawkner-Corbetts, were landed gentry with a military and medical background.

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