It’s been 38 years since Carrie Fisher first appeared in her role as Princess Leia Organa, of the Alderaan Organas, in Star Wars, and a lot has changed since then. Unless, that is, if you’re talking about the way women are expected to look in Hollywood. When it came time to get Fisher on board for the soon to be released sequel, The Force Awakens, Disney told the actress she was looking a little more Jabba the Hutt rotund than Slave Leia fit, as she explained to Good Housekeeping UK.
“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,” she told the magazine.
“We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane. Everyone in LA says, ‘Oh you look good,’ and you listen for them to say you’ve lost weight. It’s never ‘How are you?’ or ‘You seem happy!'” she goes on.
Fisher, incidentally, recently turned 59, but since one of the universal things that unites all of Star Wars fandom across all generations is a desire to fuck Princess Leia, she was going to have to get back into laser-shooting shape.
“I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more!” she said of her weight loss plan. “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.”
In Star Wars they have talking dinosaur sidekicks, and a spaceship that shoots a laser at a planet and it blows up. Truly magical stuff. One thing they can’t have, however, is a middle aged woman looking her age. No one wants to see that.