In a new interview, Carrie Fisher reveals that in order for her to return to the role of Leia Organa in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” she was pressured to lose 35 pounds.
“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher told “Good Housekeeping.” “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.”
“We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane,” she continued, explaining how Hollywood’s obsession with appearance is a problem that she’s dealt with throughout her career. “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!'”
This isn’t the first time Fisher has spoken out about her issues with portraying Leia in the “Star Wars” films. Earlier this year, she spoke up regarding the iconic Slave Leia outfit she wore in “Empire Strikes Back.” “You should fight for your outfit,” Fisher told “Force Awakens” star Daisy Ridley in a co-interview in “Interview” magazine. “Don’t be a slave like I was.” When Ridley agreed, Fisher repeated, “You keep fighting against that slave outfit.”
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