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Fisher made headlines a few weeks ago when she admitted there was a section in her book that dealt with an affair she had with her married Star Wars co-star back in 1976, when A New Hope was being filmed.
Fisher was 19 at the time. Ford, who played Han Solo, was 33.
Fisher previously said she told Ford beforehand that she was going to include that time of their lives in her book, but she hadn’t talked about his reaction to the news until now.
On Monday, Fisher spoke with NPR’s Fresh Air host Terry Gross and said she was sure Ford is not pleased with her now, but she did give him a heads up about what she was going to make public.
“I wouldn’t have ambushed him like that, but it’s still — no matter if I told him or not, it probably feels like an ambush,” Fisher told Gross. “It feels like an ambush to me, and I’m the one that wrote it.”
The 60-year-old actress who brought the iconic Princess Leia to life told Ford in person she would reveal their affair now, after 40 years.
“I said, ‘I found the journals that I kept during the first movie, and I’m probably going to publish them,” Fisher says. “And he just sort of raised his finger and said, ‘Lawyer!’ And then I said, ‘No, I won’t write anything that you don’t want. I mean, I’ll show it to you before and you can take anything out that you want taken out. I don’t want to make you uncomfortable,’ which I, of course, have. Unduly uncomfortable.”
Fisher, good to her word, sent Ford a copy of the book, she said. “I never heard back, so I can’t imagine that he was comfortable with everything that was in it. But it’s not like it’s negative about him — it’s just a personal story that’s been a secret for a long time.”
Fisher also told Gross the pair definitely had chemistry together as Han and Leia, which was likely a product of their real-life romance.
“I think it made us more comfortable with one another,” Fisher said. “I think it made me more able to wisecrack to him, even if I was insecure. We were having an affair, so there was something to base some security on, I don’t know. There was chemistry there and you can see it. So I don’t know which came first, the chemistry in the film or the chemistry in the world.”
Ford has yet to comment to the press on the book’s material.
Listen to the full interview below.
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