Carrie Fisher on pressure to lose weight for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Carrie Fisher, who we know as the princess of the dearly departed and destroyed Alderaan, has said in an interview with Good Housekeeping UK that she was pressured to lose 35 pounds to reprise her role as Leia Organa. And Fisher has unpleasant things to say about the experience.

Fisher doesn’t mean the weight loss itself, although she found it harder to eat less than to exercise more. She was more disconcerted by the ramifications. 

In the interview, Fisher said, “We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane.” 

Although many dieters are proud of their success, losing weight was never on Fisher’s to-do list. “When I do lose the weight, I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am. Everyone in L.A. 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!’

“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 ...’

Happily for Fisher, acting is only a small part of her accomplishments. She has written novels, screenplays and a one-woman play, Wishful Drinking, based on her nonfiction novel. 

For a look at just how funny and outspoken Fisher is, check out this segment of Wishful Drinking, where she speaks about her Star Wars experiences.



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