Carrie Fisher has revealed she was asked by the makers of Star Wars: The Force Awakens to lose about 15kg (35 pounds) before shooting. She revealed the unknown in an interview with Good Housekeeping ahead of Episode VII’s release.
She said half-joked “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters. 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.” After all 38 years past since she first wore those famous hair buns as princess Leia.
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Fisher start to lose the weight “the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more!”, she said, and added:
‘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!”’