OMG: Carrie Fisher was asked to lose weight to reprise her role as Leia (formerly Princess Leia, now General Leia) for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’?! The actress confirmed that was, indeed, the case. It’s not just young actors who experience the pressure to slim-down for the camera.
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.”
I’m honestly flabbergasted. Why in the world would Carrie’s weight matter? I seriously doubt she had to don a bikini this time!
Carrie shared her strategies.
I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it. 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.”
I hear ya there, sister- LOL. Carrie did admit that being asked to lose weight left her feeling conflicted.
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. 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!’ “
Carrie has a point. We need to seriously reconsider our priorities. Appearance is an especially touchy subject for Carrie because she never felt as beautiful as her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
I looked at my mother and said, ‘Wow, she is gorgeous and I don’t look like her, therefore I’m not pretty. And my father doesn’t visit – I mustn’t be pretty because he likes pretty women.’
“You think, ‘I’ll go into show business because then I’ll get enough love and they will put make-up on me properly and then my life will work.’ “
Oh, my heart hurts for the young Carrie who must’ve been thinking like that. Yet it’s so great to see how well she’s doing now! Carrie has been through the fire and come out whole on the other side. That’s inspirational.
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