The release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is going to be an event. Due to the unparalleled popularity of the Star Wars franchise (and the return of original trilogy characters, the Disney hype machine behind marketing, no major competition, and other factors), The Force Awakens will likely lay claim to largest opening weekend and possibly even highest grossing domestic and worldwide film of all time. In addition to the box office, Star Wars has one of the largest and most passionate fan bases. The returning stars have dealt with this fame all their lives, but the new stars that the current trilogy will center around are going to experience a phenomenon unlike anything they could have imagined when they sought out acting as a profession. Fortunately for them they had the original cast to help prepare them for what lies ahead.
Interview Magazine posted a full conversation between Carrie Fisher(Princess Leia) and Daisy Ridley (Rey). It touches on many things and I’d recommend the article. The snippets i found most interesting focused on Fisher’s advice and warnings regarding the fame that awaits them after The Force Awakens hits theaters. Check it out below:
RIDLEY: I mean, I don’t know what’s to come. [Journalists] also ask if you guys gave us any advice. You didn’t. Except for—
FISHER: Wait a minute! You said I didn’t? You f**ker! We were at that first party, that horrifying thing that I was always late to …
RIDLEY: And you talked about stalkers?
FISHER: I said, “fans.” I didn’t just say “stalkers”! Fans are awesome.
RIDLEY: Oh, yeah. I have talked about that.
FISHER: The fan thing is amazing! It’s quite a spectrum. What else did I say?
RIDLEY: I remember you saying that when you take pictures with people, you can feel their heart racing, and it humanizes them.
FISHER: Aw. I also said it’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, “I had sex with Princess Leia.”
RIDLEY: [laughs] Now I remember.
FISHER: Ah! I thought I shocked you. [both laugh]
RIDLEY: Someone asked me if I found it easier to date now because I’m in the film. I was like, “What the hell?”
FISHER: What a stupid question.
FISHER: Oh, you’re going to have people have fantasies about you! That will make you uncomfortable, I’m guessing.
RIDLEY: Yeah, a bit.
FISHER: Have you been asked that?
RIDLEY: No, they always talk about how you’re a sex symbol, and how do I feel about that. [Fisher sighs] I’m not a sex symbol! [laughs]
FISHER: Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that’s an opinion of someone. I don’t share that.
RIDLEY: I don’t think that’s the right—
FISHER: Word for it? Well, you should fight for your outfit. Don’t be a slave like I was.
RIDLEY: All right, I’ll fight.
FISHER: You keep fighting against that slave outfit.
RIDLEY: I will.
And since we’re on the topic of original trilogy cast members discussing The Force Awakens, here’s footage of Harrison Ford’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live… dressed like a hotdog.