Carrie Fisher Pressured to Lose Weight for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film.

“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “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.”

She added, “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… We treat beauty like an accomplishment and that is insane.”

Fisher’s revelation echoes her recent comments to “Force Awakens” co-star and franchise newcomer Daisy Ridley. “You should fight for your outfit,” Fisher said in a conversation with Ridley for Interview Magazine. “Don’t be a slave like I was… I am not a sex symbol, so that’s an opinion of someone. I don’t share that.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens” bows in theaters Dec. 18.

More Film

  • Every Day Movie Review

    Film Review: 'Every Day'

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

  • Coco Disney VFX

    Animated Features Rely on VFX for That Wow Factor

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

  • Daniela Vega A Fantastic Woman

    ‘A Fantastic Woman’ Star Daniela Vega Creates History

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

  • Yara Shahidi

    Yara Shahidi in Negotiations to Star in 'The Sun Is Also a Star' Movie Adaptation

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

  • Joss Whedon Exits Batgirl Film

    Joss Whedon Exits as 'Batgirl' Movie Director

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

  • 'Loving Vincent' Used Real Performances ‘Re-Imagined’

    'Loving Vincent' Uses Real-Life Performers to Animate Canvas

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

  • New Directors New Films

    Sundance Award Winners Lead 2018 New Directors/New Films

    Carrie Fisher has revealed that she was pressured to lose weight for her role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In an interview with Good Housekeeping, Fisher said she was pushed to lose more than 35 pounds for the new film. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher said. “Nothing […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content