Carrie Fisher returns to her iconic role of Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this month, but it sounds like the road back to Leia wasn’t an easy one.
The actress revealed to Good Housekeeping UK that she was pressured to lose over 35lbs in order to reprise her role. “They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher told the mag. “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.”
So how did the star go about losing the weight? Just like the rest of us apparently: one annoying pound at a time. “I did it the same way everybody has to – don’t eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it,” she said. “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. When I do lose the weight I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am.”
Read more of what Carrie had to say in her interview head on over to Good Housekeeping UK.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in theaters December 18, 2015.