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Star Wars actors recount the agony of waiting to be cast

For the new members of the Star Wars franchise, being told they had received a life-changing role in Star Wars was pretty memorable.

Last night, The Force Awakens cast joined late night host Jimmy Kimmel for a Star Wars-themed episode and spoke for a bit about where they were and what they were doing when they found out they had been cast.

Daisy Ridley, who plays the scavenger hunting Rey, told Kimmel that she was watching the first half of a play in London's prominent West End, barely able to concentrate, when she got the phone call from director J.J. Abrams. She joked that as distracted as she was during the first half of the play, she could barely pay attention to the second half after hearing the news and couldn't even tell her date about the call she had just received.

Being told they had received a life-changing role in Star Wars was pretty memorable.

Adam Driver said he had just wrapped up the final episode of Girls' second season when he got the phone call from his agent that Abrams wanted to sit down with him and talk about the movie. He later confessed that he hadn't even told his wife he had scored the role of villain Kylo Ren when Abrams and LucasFilm tweeted out the very first cast photo last April.

John Boyega joked that he was locked away in a basement, anxiously awaiting the phone call from Abrams so he could finally breathe, when he finally got the confirmation he would be playing the turncoat stormtrooper, Finn. Perhaps the best bit of the segment, Boyega recounted the story of when he told his father that he was going to be in the biggest movie of 2015.

"I went home and I was like, 'Dad, I've just been cast in Star Wars,'" Boyega said, before moving into an impression of his father's reaction. "'Oh my god, you've been cast in Star Wars? That is fantastic! I knew it! What is Star Wars?'"

Although The Force Awakens is the only Star Wars film the three newcomers have officially signed on for, Boyega tweeted last week that he was hanging around the set of Rogue One, leading many to question whether or not his character would be making an appearance in Gareth Edwards' feature.

The Force Awakens opens worldwide on Dec. 18.

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