Daisy Ridley Reveals Her Star Wars Diet and Training Regimen: ‘It Became my Solace’

11/10/2015 at 06:35 PM ET

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As the leading lady of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, up-and-coming actress Daisy Ridley had to go all-in with a strict diet and exercise regimen in preparation for and during filming.

“[I ate] lots of fish, legumes, and spirulina shakes,” Ridley, 23, reveals to Elle magazine in its December issue. The actress, who plays the formidable heroine Rey, also underwent three months of extensive physical training and stunt practice for five hours a day, five days a week.

“It became my solace,” Ridley says of the intense regimen, which she has attempted to maintain to be ready for re-shoots and the next film in the series. “It’s the only thing structured in my life right now. Training is sort of a therapy session, I guess.”

But her intense workouts weren’t the only physical challenge during filming.

“We were told about this scorpion in Abu Dhabi that, if it stabbed you, you needed treatment within half an hour,” she recalls. “There was this bit where I was lying in the sand, and if a scorpion got me, the nearest hospital was an hour away. So I was like, I could die right now. I could be dead in half an hour.”

Ridley took a clue from her character, Rey, to deal with the threat.

“She is so strong,” Ridley says. “She’s cool and smart and she can look after herself.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in theaters Dec.18.

–Kara Warner

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms
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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Doesn’t look like she trained much at all. Her arms look like wet noodles. No muscle definition. Unlike Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2.

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