Carrie Fisher Was Told To Lose Weight For Star Wars Role


During a talk with Good Housekeeping, Carrie Fisher revealed she was told to drop weight before appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fisher lost over 35 pounds to once again play Princess Leia. ‘They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters! Fisher said, 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.’

On how she lost the weight: ‘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.’

On Hollywood’s obsession with appearance: ‘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!”’