No longer a princess of a long dead planet, Carrie Fisher returns to her famous character as a General.
Speaking to Time magazine in a Q&A about the new movie Star Wars The Force Awakens, Fisher (59) said that it wasn’t a tough decision to return to the popular science fiction franchise.
“I’m a female and in Hollywood it’s difficult to get work after 30 – maybe it’s getting to be 40 now. I long ago accepted that I am Princess Leia. I have that as a large part of the association with my identity. There wasn’t a lot of hesitation.”
When asked if her character had changed at all over the years, Fisher replied:
“Oh my God, she got so much older. I tried to stop her, but apparently that includes death so that didn’t seem like a good solution. Along with aging comes life experience so in every way that is consistent with even being human, Leia has changed.”
In the new movies Fisher’s character is called ‘General Leia’, indicating that within the Rebellion (now known as The Resistance) Leia now has even more significance and responsibility and has matured since the original movies.
When asked if she had brought experiences from her own personal life to the role, Fisher answered:
“Probably, but I try not to. I mean, one hopes that I at least indicate that I have wisdom. Whether I’m successful with that indication or not remains to be seen. And I wear less makeup and I need it more.”
Fisher admitted in the interview that she “miss[es] being young”, citing in particular the memory difficulties that afflict older actors. The most important for the 59-year-old actress – who is 14 years younger than co-star Harrison Ford – was that her character would age gracefully:
“I wear less make-up… I’ve seen pictures of myself with make-up on and I look like those women who look like they’re wearing make-up so they can look young, and I don’t think that’s good.”