Adam Driver’s Life Changed in 1 Huge Way After Starring in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Adam Driver has been a household name ever since he starred in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. After being cast as major antagonist Kylo Ren, he went on to star in The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, and The Rise of Skywalker, all of which were very successful commercially. 

Driver has also worked on a number of critically acclaimed, smaller-budget films, such as Martin Scorsese’s Silence and Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story. However, none of these films garnered the attention that the Star Wars franchise did.

When reflecting on how his life changed as a result of starring in Star Wars, Driver surprisingly said that his life had remained largely the same. He did notice one major change in his life though, and it’s not one that he necessarily seems happy about. 

Adam Driver’s everyday life barely changed after ‘Star Wars’

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren during the "Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base" sketch for "Saturday Night Live"
Adam Driver as Kylo Ren during the “Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base” sketch for “Saturday Night Live” | Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank)

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Driver talked about his life post-Star Wars during a resurfaced 2017 interview with The Guardian. According to him, nobody warned him that his life would change before he signed onto the billion-dollar film franchise. 

“I don’t think anyone said that, and I wouldn’t have listened to them, anyway. As a person, I’m the same. The problems I had before Force Awakens, it didn’t solve any of them.” he said. 

He’s recognized by everybody now that he’s a movie star

However, although Driver might feel like he’s the same person that he was prior to filming The Force Awakens, people don’t perceive him that way. Nowadays, he can’t go outside without someone recognizing him. 

“For me, the only noticeable difference is your visibility as a person. Loss of anonymity is a big thing. I didn’t realise how I would see that in a billion little ways.”

He noted that although he had already established a bit of a profile due to starring in HBO’s Girls, the fame was miniscule compared to the recognition he gets now. 

“In my neighbourhood, a lot of people watch HBO,” Driver said. However, after starring in Star Wars, “seven-year-olds to 70-year-olds” everywhere know who he is. 

Fans ask him for pictures at inappropriate times

Even though some people find fame appealing, Driver does not. Now that he’s famous, people stop him all the time to take pictures, even the police. 

“I thought, I’ll ride my bike around the city,” he said. “And within two seconds I got pulled over by the cops, who said, ‘Hey, can we take a picture?’”

A fan asked him for a picture in the midst of a car crash

In a separate interview with the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, Driver recalled a moment when a Star Wars fan stopped him for a picture immediately after a car got into a wreck. 

“There was a car crash that happened outside a coffee shop in my neighborhood, then I went outside and there’s someone in the building across the street, yelling out their window like, ‘Is everybody ok? Is everybody ok?’” Driver recalled. “And then there was the guy, the SUV who crashed … he kind of got out, he was dazed, and the woman who was in the car, she was crying. And in the midst of that, somebody brought up their kid and was like, ‘Hi, big Star Wars fan,’” Driver said. “And I’m like, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do.’”

Driver ended up taking an awkward photo with the fan, but it’s safe to say that he wasn’t thrilled about it.