The presence of Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher’s “Star Wars” character, in “The Force Awakens” has fans thrilled to see the character again after almost 35 years. But behind the scenes, Fisher reveals to Good Housekeeping that she faced some rather unappealing requirements when invited to return to the franchise, saying that she was asked to lose 35 pounds.
“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing,” Fisher says, referencing her experiences on the original “Star Wars” trilogy, where she was asked to wear the iconic metal “slave” bikini that she’s said made her uncomfortable.
Fisher points out that she’s not the only actress affected by physical demands. “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,” she complains. “We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane.”
But she’s past the point where she wants to see weight loss as an accomplishment: “When I do lose the weight, I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am.”
Even though she did adhere to the “Force Awakens” demands, she doesn’t have any weight loss secrets. “I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it.”