“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley has joined co-stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and more in mourning the loss of Carrie Fisher, who passed away earlier this afternoon after suffering a heart attack.
“Devastated at this monumental loss,” Ridley said in her statement. “How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.”
Fisher helped pass Ridley the torch in “The Force Awakens,” where Ridley played the budding Jedi Rey and Fisher reprised her role as Leia Organa. The two didn’t share very many scenes together, but the ones they did were pinnacle moments; this includes one of the final scenes of the film, where Leia tells Rey, “May the Force be with you” as she embarks on her journey to find Luke Skywalker.
Behind the scenes, Fisher also had a few words of advice for the up-and-coming Ridley. “You should fight for your outfit,” Fisher told Ridley in October. “Don’t be a slave like I was… You keep fighting against that slave outfit.”
Fisher will reprise her role in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which completed filming the summer before Fisher’s untimely death. According to a recent report, her role as General Leia will also be expanded in the follow up to the mega blockbuster “The Force Awakens.”
Best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia on “Star Wars,” the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher rose to fame with the release of the classic sci-fi film, but also became well known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including “Postcards from the Edge,” and for her career as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors, polishing screenplays for such films as “Hook,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Sister Act,” “Scream 3” and the “Star Wars” prequels.
She returned to the role of Leia Organa for 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” and for 2017’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which completed shooting several months ago. Fisher also released her memoirs in 2016, “The Princess Diarist,” which gathered the journals she kept while filming the original “Star Wars” trilogy.
Though she was a source of inspiration for millions of fans, Fisher faced her share of difficulties as a young actor in Hollywood. While filming the “Star Wars” movies, she became dependent on drugs, and was diagnosed as having bipolar disorder. After relapsing in 1985, the actress turned her life around. She wrote a book about her experiences, “Postcards from the Edge,” which was also developed into a movie starring Meryl Streep as Suzanne Vale, a stand-in for Fisher herself.
Beyond her roles as an actor and screenwriter, Fisher was a feminist icon who used her fame as Princess Leia to encourage young women to aspire for the best in their lives. In mid-2016, Fisher launched an advice column in British newspaper The Guardian. Titled “Advice from the Dark Side,” the column was geared specifically for young readers to send her their problems and ask for help.
(via Entertainment Weekly)
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