Why You'll Only See 'Three-Quarters' of Princess Leia in the New 'Star Wars' Movie

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher recently confessed she was pressured into dropping 35 pounds before filming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while she admits it's depressing that appearance matters so much in showbiz, the Hollywood veteran keeps her trademark wicked sense of humor about the whole affair.

Advertisement

"They don't want to hire all of me -- only about three quarters!" Fisher cracked during an interview with Good Housekeeping UK.

Fisher has long been open about her struggle to escape the whole slave-in-a-gold-bikini vibe and even says she encourages her younger Star Wars costar Daisy Ridley to take more control of her image to avoid the same sexed-up and oh-so-tired trope in her own career.

"You should fight for your outfit," Fisher says she warned Ridley. "Don't be a slave like I was."

More From The Stir: Matthew McConaughey Feels All the Feelings Watching the New 'Star Wars' Trailer (VIDEO)

Fisher goes on to discuss her lifelong struggle with thinking that her value had everything to do with how she looks ... but frankly, growing up under the Hollywood spotlight, doesn't that kind of go with the territory?

Fisher would probably absolutely agree, acknowledge that it's ridiculous, and hit the gym. Because a Hollywood veteran like her understands that maybe she can't change the rules of the game, but at least she can be honest about it and make fun of how dumb it is every chance she gets. And there's plenty of value in that for her younger costars like Ridley and even her most casual fans. A wise woman with an audience and zero f**ks to give is a powerful thing.

So even though this time around her fans might only get 75 percent of Princess Leia, we're so glad she's back and better than ever. Carrie Fisher is giving the Star Wars franchise what it so desperately needed to attract modern girls -- a strong voice that isn't afraid to speak up about the things women care about, like how stupid she feels now about that gold bikini.

 

Image via Xavier Collin/Image Press

Read More >