Actress/writer Carrie Fisher has never been one to shy away from voicing her opinions on a number of issues both in and out of the Star Wars realm. Back in October, she offered sex advice to her Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-star Daisy Ridley, revealing that dating is more difficult, and that she should fight for her outfit, and not be a "slave" like she was. With just under three weeks until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters, Carrie Fisher revealed in an interview with Good Housekeeping that she was pressured to lose 35 pounds for the movie. Here's what the actress had to say.
"They don't want to hire all of me - only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing. I'm in a business where the only thing that matters is weight and appearance. That is so messed up. They might as well say get younger, because that's how easy it is."
Carrie Fisher has still been keeping quite busy as an actor, but some may not realize that she is an accomplished script doctor and a writer as well. While it isn't known how long the actress was given to drop the weight, she did as requested and lost 35 pounds to play Leia Organa for the first time since 1983's Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. The actress/writer revealed that, while she did drop the weight, she wasn't too happy about doing so.
"I did it the same way everybody has to - don't eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it. I have a harder time eating properly than I do exercising. It's easier for me to add an activity than to deny myself something. When I do lose the weight I don't like that it makes me feel good about myself. It's not who I am. My problem is they talk to me like an actress but I hear them like a writer."
We haven't seen much of Carrie Fisher's Leia Organa in the previously released footage thus far, but we did report earlier this month that Leia is no longer a princess. Director J.J. Abrams revealed that her iconic character is now a General in the Resistance, teasing a scene in the movie where an unnamed character "slips" and calls her "Princess." What do you think about Carrie Fisher being asked to lose weight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?