Carrie Fisher looks better than ever after her 35-pound weight loss, but revealed she was pressured to lose weight for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Carrie said film producers ordered her to lose at least 35 pounds if she wanted to reprise her role as Princess Leia in “Star Wars 7.”
“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.”
Carrie, who has struggled with weight for decades, said her weight loss secrets were diet and exercise. “I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more,” said Fisher. “There is no other way to do it. I have a harder time eating properly than I do exercising.”
Carrie, 59, said it bothered her that she felt good about herself simply for losing weight because the intense focus on appearance is superficial. “When I do lose the weight I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself,” said Fisher. “It’s not who I am. My problem is they talk to me like an actress but I hear them like a writer.”
Carrie, the daughter of iconic stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, said Hollywood’s obsession with youth and beauty drives her crazy.
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!'”
The 5-foot-1 Carrie, who once weighed 180 pounds, lost 50 pounds in 2011 as a rep for the Jenny Craig diet. Fisher followed a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet and did 45-minute cardio workouts five days a week and lost all the weight in nine months, Celebrity Health & Fitness reported.
Fisher, who weighed 105 pounds when she played Princess Leia in the early 1980s, soon regained the weight. She later made headlines after suffering several emotional breakdowns. In 2013, Carrie had a bipolar episode on a cruise ship and was hospitalized.
Over the years, Carrie has spoken honestly about her bipolar disorder, past drug abuse, and prescription-drug addiction. She continues to get electro-convulsive therapy every six weeks to control her wild mood swings.
“[Electric shock therapy] just puts you to sleep,” said Fisher. “There are no convulsions. It actually really helps. I don’t have to take as much medication. It gets a bad rap. The only way it’s shown in films is as a punishment.”