Carrie Fisher says she was told to lose weight for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Actress reprises her iconic role as Princess Leia in the eagerly anticipated new 'Star Wars' movie

Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was urged to lose weight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The actress and screenwriter reprises her iconic role as Princess Leia in JJ Abrams’ film, joined by fellow original Star Wars leads Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. The trio last played their classic parts in 1983’s Return Of The Jedi.

“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said in an interview with Good Housekeeping, adding that she was pressured into shedding 35lb (16kg) for her return as Leia.

“Nothing changes, it’s an appearance-driven thing,” Fisher continued. “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.”


Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in UK cinemas on December 17 and in the US a day later. The Motion Picture Association of America has recently given J.J. Abrams’ film a PG-13 rating based on its “sci-fi action violence”, which makes it only the second Star Wars film not to be rated PG.

The story takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jed but specific plot details are being kept tightly under wraps. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, the film’s cast includes Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o and Andy Serkis. Ford recently confirmed that he has already seen the film, calling it “wonderful” and “a real big movie”.

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