Carrie Fisher on 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Weight Loss Sexism: "So Messed Up"
When Carrie Fisher announced that she had joined the cast of Disney and Lucasfilm's 2015 blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens to reprise her role of Princess Leia, she revealed that she had to get in shape for the part. At the time, she was pretty excited to join the J.J. Abrams project, but a new interview with Britain's Good Housekeeping magazine became the platform for Fisher to voice her aggravation over the pressure of having to lose weight and the sexism she feels in the movie industry.
"Nothing changes, it's an appearance-driven thing," the actress told the magazine, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "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. 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!'"
In the original trilogy from the move franchise, Fisher wore the now-iconic slave bikini. In the recent profile on the cast of The Force Awakens in Interview, Fisher urged newcomer Daisy Ridley to "keep fighting against that slave outfit."
Despite her clear disdain for the whole procedure of getting into shape for the role, Fisher shared her weight loss strategy.
"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," she explained. "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."