While it shouldn’t be news to anyone, actress Carrie Fisher has aged. She was 27 when she first donned those cinnamon roll-shaped hair buns in the original Star Wars in 1977. Today she is 59-years-old, but some movie-goers seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens were expecting her to look a little less wrinkled. Perhaps we have all grown accustomed to the plastic surgery obsessed Hollywood and were expecting something different, but regardless, Fisher is having none of it today and shuts down the age critics. The Huffington Post reported that the actress let out a little rant on Twitter this morning stating, “Please stop debating whether or not [I] aged well. Unfortunately it hurts all 3 of my feelings,” she wrote to her 776,000 followers, adding, “My BODY hasn’t aged as well as I have. Blow us.”
She later shut down other critics by posting this sentiment, “Youth&BeautyR/NOT ACCOMPLISHMENTS,theyre theTEMPORARY happy/BiProducts/of Time&/or DNA/Dont Hold yourBreath4either/ifUmust holdAir/takeGarys”
— MOIRA GALLAGA (@moiragallaga) December 31, 2015
The “Gary” she is referring to is her French bull dog. She recently told the UK version of Good Housekeeping that “He travels everywhere with me! I love that saying, “‘make me become the person my animal thinks I am.’ If I am who Gary thinks I am, I’m fantastic!”
Many fans are applauding Fisher for standing up for herself, but not everyone is on board and continue to put her down. One Twitter follower/critic responded with, “So you want the money & adulation that comes with being a famous actor but not the criticism. Whoever told you life was fair?”
However, if you are familiar at all with Fisher, you know full well that the actress has no problem speaking her mind about such things as age. Born to Hollywood legends Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, her life has not been an easy one and the actress has had to stand up for herself numerous times. The January 2016 edition of the magazine is no exception.
“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!'”
However, when it came to reprising her role as Leia, her current condition was not good enough. She was told that she needed to lose weight.
“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.”
Still, Fisher did lose weight for her Star Wars return. 35 pounds in fact. How did she do it? Some crazy Hollywood diet or liposuction? Nope.
— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) December 31, 2015
“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,” she told the magazine.
But that doesn’t mean that she is happy about it.
“And when I do lose the weight, I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am.”
So, if that is not who she is, then who is she? Some only know Fisher from her film roles, but in addition to spending time in a land far, far way, Fisher has written the novel, Postcards from the Edge (which was about her relationship with her mother) that later became a film that starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine. She has also been hired to doctor other’s screenplays including Sister Act, Outbreak and even Adam Sadler’s The Wedding Singer. With so much writing talent, it may seem odd that she choose acting first. She told Good Housekeeping some of her thinking process at the time:
“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.”
And it has worked. But still, some still want to see her as that same 27-year-old princess. Perhaps they need to grow up too.
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