Fans got used to seeing Finn and Rey on screen together in their first adventure in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the new film will see them on separate missions.
"It was horrible when I read the script for the first time and [Finn] wasn't with her," said Boyega in an interview with the New York Times. "We auditioned together. We went through this whole experience together. To be split apart was scary for me. But then I understood that is something that we could draw from — something that Finn really feels, and Rey really feels. And then I was like, 'Oh! Rian does know what he's doing.'"
Ridley reiterated Boyega's feelings about the separation, crediting Johnson's skill as a storyteller.
"I felt the same. When I read the script, I didn't cry right away," said Ridley. "I was like, 'Wobble, wobble, wobble, [shaky voice] I'm probably going to cry and I need to see Rian.' Then I went into Rian's office and I was crying my eyes out. I'm not great with new people. I think Mark [Hamill] can attest to that."
Co-star Adam Driver chimed in and joked, "No one says, 'No, you're great!' Everyone else is like, 'Yeah.'"
"I find it really difficult to relax," Ridley continued. "And then that's influencing someone else's performance. You don't want to be the thing that's holding something back, when there's me, going, [awkwardly] 'So … how'd you get into all this?' Mark and I were lucky enough to have proper rehearsal time, and then we could talk through everything with Rian. It ended up feeling great, but it was nerve-racking."
Ridley's dedication to making these movies great has been apparent since she was first cast as Rey. Though she recently scared fans who thought she was done with the franchise after Episode IX, she clarified her remarks and said she's open to a future in the Star Wars universe.
That is, if she survives the events of The Last Jedi. After all, there has to be a reason she was crying after reading the script…
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters December 15.