In many fan communities, the concept of “shipping”, where characters are paired up in a romantic sense based on how they have interacted on screen is very popular. And following the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi a number of fans have taken to “shipping” both Rey and Poe after their first on-screen interaction. But while many a fan is fond of this “ship” Daisy Ridley herself has weighed in on the topic and doesn’t seem to really feel the same.
Speaking with MTime about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the topic of a Rey and Poe romance was brought up. In reference to the possible romance Ridley had this to say,
“I haven’t spoken to J.J. but I am, I did a film this year that isn’t romantic. I think it’s wonderful to have relationships that are not romantic. I don’t think in films you always need a romantic relationship and I think friend relationships can be romantic in their gestures and their intimacy and all of that. I think — hopefully — if Rey and Poe get to have some scenes together and stuff, that there will be intimacy. I think it doesn’t — for me — it doesn’t have to be romantic love.”
It seems that while Ridley is shooting down the idea of such a romance, she is also shooting down the idea that these characters necessarily need to have romance in their stories. Rather the characters can simply interact with one another in an intimate sense but not in a romantic one.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now.
Luke Skywalker’s peaceful and solitary existence gets upended when he encounters Rey, a young woman who shows strong signs of the Force. Her desire to learn the ways of the Jedi forces Luke to make a decision that changes their lives forever. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren and General Hux lead the First Order in an all-out assault against Leia and the Resistance for supremacy of the galaxy