The stunning transformation of Daisy Ridley

For some stars, they have a break-out hit that brings them fame. Daisy Ridley was thrust into fame the moment her name was announced as one of the stars for her first major film — which happened to be Star Wars.

At just 25 years old, the actress has already seen major success and has been equally open about her excitement and struggles with her career opportunities. So let's take a look at Ridley's life and her stunning transformation along the way.

She was a loud and feisty tomboy as a kid

Ridley was born on April 10, 1992 in London, England. In an interview with Vogue, she described her younger self as "a little tomboy," who had a lot of energy. Ridley continued to share what she was like as a kid, saying she was "loud. Often very sassy. Insane amounts of energy. I remember asking, 'Was I shy?' And my mum laughing hysterically. She said I used to run into a room and go, 'Helloooo!'"

She didn't pursue acting until her late teen years

It was that energy that moved Ridley towards the performing arts. As reported by Vogue, the star went to a performing arts boarding school from ages 9 to 18. She didn't start out with acting, but singing and gymnastics. As the star told Vogue, the reasoning was actually that she was so energetic that her parents chose that school "literally just to keep me busy, because the days were twelve hours long."

Ridley didn't land on acting specifically until age 17. It started with a girl in her drama class who told Ridley that she couldn't play Lady Macbeth because she didn't have "the right accent," as Vogue reported. Ridley's teacher heard this and gave the future star confidence to push forward. Ridley shared during the interview, "He was like, 'Who the f**k told you you couldn't do Lady Macbeth?'" His confidence helped push Ridley forward.

She was fired from her first job

Even successful stars have had moments that felt like failure. During an interview with Elle, Ridley discussed the beginning of her acting career. Her first job didn't go as expected. She shared, "I was actually sacked from my first job…. It was at a workshop for a short film this poet had written, about when she used to work in a strip club. After the first week, I was told not to come back."

But more jobs came. As Ridley shared, she was in a supermarket commercial where she was "eating a pork pie in a way that has never seen anyone so happy." She then received a role in the UK television series Mr. Selfridge.

She wasn't that nervous for Star Wars

In April of 2014, then 22-year-old Ridley was announced as a new cast member in Star Wars: Episode VII. Coming into a huge property like Star Wars could have been scary, but Ridley actually saw it as a positive that she was new to the process.

She shared her thoughts during an interview with Variety, saying, "I think I didn't psych myself out…. I wasn't trying to fit into a thing… it was not like I was like, 'Right, I'm the Han; I'm the Leia; I'm the Luke.' I was just like, 'Okay, I'm Rey, just trying to do me, just trying to do this scene, trying to do the right thing,' and I think that was a huge advantage because I think if not, it would've been a very different thing."

She changed her lifestyle for this major role

And even though Ridley didn't want the pressure of the property to weigh on her, she still put in the time and dedication for her role in the film. This included major shifts in eating and working out. So what was on the menu for the star? As she shared with Elle, this included "lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes."

For training, the star had an intense three month schedule of working out five hours every day, five days a week. She also was doing stunt practice outside of those hours. During the interview, Ridley spoke to this intense time. While she wasn't able to see family and friends as much, working out ended up being a nice routine for the star. She said, "It became my solace…. Because it's the only thing structured in my life right now. Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess…. It was very weird… because I went from being in the pub, being around quite a bit, to all of a sudden not being able to see anyone."

She found sudden fame difficult to handle

Finding a routine became very difficult once the film came out. She was only 23-years-old at the time, and received great reviews for her work in the film — but with positive reviews also came a lot of attention for the star. With so much attention from press and fans, Ridley felt a need to go to therapy to handle the extreme change in her life. She opened up about this decision during an interview with Vogue, saying, "I felt like I was sort of reducing myself because I was so worried that people would recognize me." But she turned around her thoughts, and continued on to say, "You know what? I want to dance through life. I don't want to scuttle."

The star's biggest concern was having her perception changed by fame. She said, "I worry that things start to seem normal that aren't normal…. You get rushed through airports, and you never have to queue, and you get tickets to things that you wouldn't otherwise. I think it's important to remind yourself that it's not normal. It's difficult, though, because it is my normal."

She doesn't feel pressured to have a future plan

Ridley believes in right timing, and this applies in her career as well. As the actress told V Magazine after Star Wars premiered, "My first lead role was ridiculous and amazing for a first film, and for a film in general. I have an amazing agent. I feel really f**king lucky. I'm a big believer in timing and I didn't have a job after [Star Wars], and I thought, Oh my God, I thought my life was going to be busier now."

She didn't have to worry for long. Shortly after, she was offered the role in the film Murder on the Orient Express. She continued, "Then I was able to fit in two things easily, both of which I really wanted to do. I thought timing wouldn't work out, but it did."

With that film having premiered in November 2017, and the next Star Wars film out in December 2017, what does Ridley think will come next? Hint: the 25-year-old is thinking about that perfect timing again. "There are things I want to do that I'm too scared to do currently: I really want to do a play and right now, I feel like I'm barely finding my legs doing film. So, eventually I'll do that. There is no plan. For the most part, it's just floating on the breeze."

Acting isn't her only talent

As Ridley's acting career was gaining speed and success, it couldn't be forgotten that she has other skills as well. Ridley's singing training in school eventually came to the attention of her Star Wars director, J.J. Abrams.

The director spoke to the actress' talents with E! Online, saying, "One day on set, she just started singing and had the most beautiful voice I ever heard."

And because Ridley is fabulous and doesn't do anything small, she showed the world her singing voice by working with the one and only Barbra Streisand. In 2016, 24-year-old Ridley recorded a track with the legend that is Streisand, and Anne Hathaway was featured on the track as well.

She's humble and doesn't want special treatment

While this star may have received great reviews from film critics and landed a singing partnership with a Broadway legend, that doesn't mean Ridley thinks she's a superstar.

Ridley spoke with USA Today about her nerves when she worked on Murder on the Orient Express. She said, "I honestly had no room for jokes in my mind that day. I was so freaking nervous…. My hands were fully shaking, I thought, I cannot do this in scene with everyone around."

And she definitely did not think she was above auditioning for any roles after Star Wars. Her desire to stay grounded still comes across. She continued, "I mean, obviously, I had done only one thing. I had to prove myself to be part of anything like this. So I was very happy to (audition)…. I know I'm a real newbie."