Carrie Fisher is reprising her role as Princess Leia, and was asked to make some big life changes for the role.
An entire generation of teen boys remembers Princess Leia in her golden metal bikini in Return of the Jedi, and the filmmakers in charge of Star Wars: Episode VII apparently wanted to keep that image fresh with the newest film.
Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the original three films, said she had to lose a significant amount of weight if she wanted her role.
“They didn’t hire me, they hired me minus 35 pounds,” she said at an event in Los Angeles, according to The Daily Mail.
Fisher has struggled with her weight for years, and was even a spokesperson for Jenny Craig. Her mom Debbie Reynolds was at the same event, and agreed with her daughter, saying, “She worked her body off for one year to not have a body.
“She’s been on a diet ever since, because you know they have to be up to par, so she looks terrific,” Reynolds added. “She’s very excited, as we all are, because we all love Star Wars.”
It was announced back in April that original stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher were all back on board for the newest films. But Fisher said it wasn’t director J.J. Abrams who asked her to come back as Princess Leia, but rather George Lucas.
“Did George personally ask me? Yes, he did,” she said.
She also said she had “a wonderful time” getting back on set in London.
But the actress isn’t going to risk the opportunity by sharing any information about the new films. Reynolds said, “She was very good to come tonight and to do press and come here for her mother, and I knew she would be in trouble and everyone would ask about Star Wars. Is she going to talk about it? No, she’s not allowed to.”
Star Wars: Episode VII is expected out on Dec. 18, 2015.