10:51am PT by Graeme McMillan
Carrie Fisher Says There Was Expectation to Lose Weight Ahead of New 'Star Wars' Role
In a galaxy far, far away, executives are still concerned about female actors' appearance.
Carrie Fisher has revealed that there was an expectation to lose weight before production on Star Wars: The Force Awakens began, joking that the studio didn't "want to hire all of me — only about three-quarters!"
The actress told Britain's Good Housekeeping magazine that there was the expectation to lose the weight before shooting her first appearance as Princess Leia in more than three decades.
"Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing," she said. "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."
She continued, "We treat beauty like an accomplishment, and that is insane. 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!' "
Fisher credited her weight loss to diet and exercise, noting, "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."
This isn't the first time Fisher has talked about the emphasis on appearance for female characters in the Star Wars series while promoting the new movie. During a conversation with Force Awakens co-star Daisy Ridley for Interview in October, she told Ridley, "You should fight for your outfit. Don't be a slave like I was."