December 27 we lost Carrie Fisher, an actress, writer, and mental health advocate best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa, following a heart attack while on board a returning flight from London. There’s no denying that the role of Leia is iconic and paved the way for strong, witty independent women on the big screen. Check out Carrie Fisher’s audition video that helped her earn the legendary role even though she was reportedly up against actresses like Jodie Foster and Cindy Williams. Fisher can still be seen in Star Wars Episode VIII that opens next December.
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. Continue reading Carrie Fisher’s Advice to Daisy Ridley About Fame After Star Wars