‘Star Wars’ actress Daisy Ridley says social media is bad for mental health

The actress quit social media in September of last year

Daisy Ridley has vowed never to go back on social media, which she has also dubbed “highly unhealthy for people’s mental health”.

The Star Wars actress made the comments in a new Radio Times interview. “I came off it [social media] last September and I will never go back on,” she states.

Ridley continues: “The more I read about teenage anxiety, the more I think it’s highly unhealthy for people’s mental health. It’s such a weird thing for young people to look at distorted images of things they should be”.

Ridley also echoed her remarks in an interview with Glamour, stating that she quit Instagram last July over unkind comments.

“I posted a thing about gun regulations, because I was at [the Teen Choice Awards tribute to shootings in Aurora, Baton Rogue, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown]. People weren’t nice about how I looked. And I was like, ‘I’m out.’ Simple as that. That is not what I signed up for…And I didn’t sign up for people to go, ‘You’re amazing!’ But I didn’t sign up for them to say things like, ‘Your skin is s***’ either.”

Opening up about her struggles with anxiety, Ridley said: “I have to come first, because if I am not healthy—I was struggling with anxiety last year—if I’m not mentally healthy, or I’m depleted from sharing so much, I won’t have anything left for when people approach me.”

It was recently revealed that Daisy Ridley aced a three-day Star Wars lightsaber training session in just 90 minutes.

A new video sees the Rey star training for a scene that takes place on the same mountain we last saw her at the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the clip, the film’s assistant flight coordinator Liang Yang talks about how well Ridley took to her training.

“I was planning to teach her the whole routine in three days but she surprisingly learned everything in an hour and a half,” he said. “She’s a very quick learner.”