Carrie Fisher, pictured at a “Star Wars" panel at San Diego's Comic-Con in July, says she lost weight to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the upcoming "The Force Awakens." (Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

Scoop: Carrie Fisher coming to terms with sexy Princess Leia

It’s been more than 30 years since she wore Princess Leia’s gold bikini, and Carrie Fisher is still dealing with the after-effects.

The actress, 59, says she was told to lose weight to reprise the role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“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,” Fisher told Good Housekeeping U.K.

She remains skeptical about Hollywood’s take on women’s looks: “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!”’ says Fisher, who grew up in the limelight as the daughter of movie legend Debbie Reynolds.

She also says she wasn’t aware, at the time, that Princess Leia was a sex symbol. She told the New York Daily News that it wasn’t until a decade after the 1983 release of “Return of the Jedi” that she realized what the character meant to generations of lovelorn geeks.

“Because I don’t think that way. I don’t look at myself even remotely that way,” she said.

“There are other pictures of women … like Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren, and then there’s me in that bikini,” says Fisher. “I’m an extremely self-conscious and tense person, ,,, I did not know that I was pretty.”

The princess’ garb has become a pop culture touchstone, referenced on shows from “Friends” to “Dancing With the Stars.” Amy Schumer even wore a likeness of it on a magazine cover. (The actual costume Fisher wore netted $96,000 at an auction in October.)

In another aspect of the sex, gender and “Star Wars” topic, “The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams publicly stated, “‘Star Wars’ was always a boy’s thing. I was really hoping this could be a movie that mothers could take their daughters to as well.”


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