Why Rey’s Mom In The Rise Of Skywalker Looks So Familiar

After half a decade of build-up, The Rise
of Skywalker has finally introduced Rey’s parents, one of whom is a familiar face to
fans of prestige television. Here’s why Rey’s mother in The Rise of Skywalker
looks so familiar. It may just be a brief flashback moment, but
Jodie Comer’s appearance as Rey’s mom in the final film in the Skywalker saga is a pretty
huge deal for the 26-year-old Liverpool-born actress, who’s primarily worked in British
TV. After getting her start in theatre as a young
actress, Comer worked a series of odd jobs, including as a checkout girl at Britain’s
Tesco chain of supermarkets, before finally booking her first television gig in a 2008
guest role on medical soap The Royal Today, a spin-off of the popular ITV series The Royal. From there, Comer went on to appear on shows
like Law & Order: UK, Vera, Doctors, Casualty, and more, before booking a plum role on My
Mad, Fat Diary in 2013. Based on Rae Earl’s novel My Fat, Mad Teenage
Diary, the E4 series featured Comer as Chloe, the popular, pretty childhood best friend
of the show’s main character Rachael, played by Sharon Rooney. Overall, My Mad, Fat Diary received critical
acclaim and even several BAFTA nominations, putting Comer on a path to stardom. “And, well, you know the rest!” From there, Comer built up her resume by appearing
on several acclaimed miniseries produced through BBC, including BBC Three’s Thirteen, which
earned Comer a nomination for Best Actress at the British Academy Television Awards,
and Rillington Place. Some of the series eventually made their way
across the pond to the U.S., where Comer’s profile is steadily rising. Comer was no stranger to historical dramas
and period pieces; in 2015, she appeared in an adaptation of the classic novel Lady Chatterley’s
Lover on BBC One, but 2017’s The White Princess was the first big stepping stone in her career. A sequel to BBC and Starz’s miniseries The
White Queen, which starred Mission: Impossible’s Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville, a
commoner who marries King Edward IV and becomes queen, The White Princess tells the story
of Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Edward and Woodville who marries Henry Tudor and
eventually mothers Henry VIII, one of England’s bloodiest and most notorious monarchs. Both series are based on books by Philippa
Gregory, a prominent historical fiction author. “A puppet for my mother’s own ambition. It was her who craved the throne for me.” The White Princess gave Comer a chance to
show her considerable range as Elizabeth ascends, somewhat unwillingly, to the throne alongside
her new husband, who’s considered by most to be a usurper. But even those who had been following Jodie
Comer for years were unprepared for what was to come for the vibrant young actress. The most important role of Jodie Comer’s career
thus far arrived shortly after her turn on The White Princess. In June 2017, she scored the part of Russian
assassin and verifiable psychopath Villanelle on the BBC series Killing Eve. On the show, which was created by Fleabag’s
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Villanelle is a fabulous yet frightening contract killer who develops
a fascination with Sandra Oh’s Eve, an MI6 agent tracking her whereabouts. As the two powerful women dance around each
other, leaving a bloody trail in their wake, the drama and connection between them only
deepens. “I think you’re going to bleed to death.” “What?” Comer beat out more than 100 other actresses
to win the role of Villanelle, and her efforts clearly paid off handsomely. Thanks to her layered, terrifying performance,
which also requires the use of numerous accents and languages, Comer has skyrocketed to fame,
earning a spot on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of rising stars in 2018. “I shot him twice in the heart and watched
the spark drain from his eyes.” Both Comer and Oh, the latter of whom returned
to the small screen after years on ABC’s hit drama series Grey’s Anatomy, have won multiple
awards for their work on Killing Eve. Oh won a Golden Globe for Best Actress, Television
Series Drama in 2018, a SAG Award in 2019, and multiple Emmy nods. As for Comer, she scored the top prize of
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series at the 2019 Emmy Awards. Comer herself and the series as a whole also
scored nominations for the 2020 Golden Globe Awards, which will air on January 5, 2020. Of course, Comer will appear on the third
season of Killing Eve. There’s no release date yet, but so far, the
show has added other familiar faces to the cast, including Game of Thrones’ Gemma Whelan
and Succession’s Dame Harriet Walter. Now that Comer has earned enough fame and
acclaim to snag a coveted Star Wars cameo, there’s nowhere she can go but up, and her
next role has a pretty high profile as well. In July 2020, Comer will appear in Shawn Levy’s
Free Guy alongside a star-studded cast that includes Ryan Reynolds, Thor: Ragnarok director
Taika Waititi, and Stranger Things’ Joe Keery, and more. The film focuses on an NPC character in a
video game, Guy, who must figure out how to crack the code of the game before his entire
world is erased. “I’m not gonna be the good guy. I’m gonna be the great guy.” “Okay. Well, enjoy your lifetime supply of virginity!” Comer’s star is clearly on the rise, and despite
her tiny role as Rey’s mother in The Rise of Skywalker, fans of Killing Eve, White Princess,
and any of her smaller roles likely clocked the distinctive actress right away. The role of Rey’s mother was brief but also
incredibly pivotal, so in the end, it makes sense that the powers that be at Lucasfilm
would want to cast such a powerful performer. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters
now, and the first two seasons of Killing Eve are both currently streaming on Hulu. Catch Jodie Comer on the big screen once more
when Free Guy hits cinemas on July 3, 2020. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Looper videos about your favorite
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