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Star Wars: Daisy Ridley doesn't know what's about to hit her

By Chi Chi Izundu
Newsbeat entertainment reporter

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Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley says she's taken tips from Harrison Ford about how to deal with fame.

"It wasn't really advice. It was more of a warning," she tells Newsbeat.

"He said that the anonymity thing is difficult, because as creative people you look to other people for inspiration and suddenly people are looking at you."

However Daisy, who plays Rey, admits she's been trying to lead a normal life since signing up to the film.

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She says she still gets the underground train in London and takes the bus to the gym.

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image captionDaisy plays Rey alongside John Boyega, who's Finn in The Force Awakens

"It's like, chilled," she explains.

"A guy came up to me last week and it was so sweet. He was the first person to recognise me out and about. He was just really nice and it felt like a nice thing."

Daisy, who has previously starred in Casualty and Mr Selfridge, says that she doesn't really want her star status to change.

"I just really want to keep doing cool films. That's really it," she says.

When Newsbeat spoke to her, she is not able to reveal any details about the film, mainly because, at that point, she hasn't seen the finished product.

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Cinema ticket sales have already been broking records, both in the UK and the US. Affiliated merchandise sales have also done the same.

There are even official Royal Mail stamps with Rey's face on them.

She says she's not told a single member of her family about filming because "it's weird".

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"You wouldn't come back from your day here and be like, 'This happened, this happened, this happened, this happened.'"

"It just becomes your work day. Obviously with trailers and stuff, I'm like, 'hehehe,' because I like to see how they react."

But surely someone must have asked a lot of questions?

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image captionJohn Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and director JJ Abrams

"My mum doesn't really know what goes on in the world anyway, and neither does my other sister," says Daisy.

"My sister who's here today, she has more of a grasp on it. But everyone's been keeping it a secret and it's exciting for that reason.

"People are more excited because they don't know what's happening. So it feels like a good thing.

"So many incredible people have been involved in this and it's time to release this thing."

She also admits to getting some advice from Carrie Fisher.

"All she talked about was dating and that it gets difficult because people lay claim to being close with Princess Leia. I was like, great advice," says Daisy.

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is in cinemas from Thursday 17 December

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