Remember this name: Maisie Richardson-Sellers. In just over a year, when the 21-year old U.K. native makes her big screen debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
— a.k.a The Biggest Movie of the Century — you won't be able to escape it.
Director J.J. Abrams is famous for plucking actors from obscurity and casting them in his brainy blockbusters. In Star Wars
, he's once again assembled a diverse gang of newcomers, most of whom are destined for superstardom when the film opens next December. In Richardson-Sellers, Abrams has found a poised, thoughtful, and classically trained thespian who seems well-equipped for the life-changing madness that awaits her.
For starters, she refused to divulge any of the airtight secrets that have come to characterize a J.J. Abrams production. And, despite being new to the game — she beat thousands of actresses to land Star Wars
right of Oxford — Richardson-Sellers handled our gumshoeing like an old pro.
If you can't wait a whole year to watch Richardson-Sellers do her thing, you're in luck. She just made her debut in The Vampire Diaries
spin-off, The Originals
, and will continue to appear on The CW show next year. We caught up with the actress to discuss how she landed the role of a lifetime, what it was like to work with J.J. Abrams, and the diversification of Hollywood.
Styling by Emily Holland; Hair by Casey Geren; Makeup by Rachel Wood