Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley chat about Star Wars fans and slave outfits
Back in 1977, STAR WARS made stars out of its then mostly unknown young cast, and now it seems likely that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will do the same thing for Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and others. Much like Carrie Fisher all those years ago, Daisy Ridley will be stepping into a galaxy far far away as STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS' female lead and will likely spend a great deal of her life discussing all things Star Wars and collecting the endless supply of her character's action-figures.
RIDLEY: People have been asking me about crushes out of the original film, and I say you every time. They were like, "Is there anyone you particularly look up to?" And I'm like, "Well, Carrie, obviously."
FISHER: That's good. You didn't like Mark [Hamill] or Harrison [Ford]? This is the only time we'd ever have this conversation. [laughs]
RIDLEY: Of course, I like them both! But you're a kick-ass woman.
FISHER: I'm your predecessor, I think.
RIDLEY: Exactly. You paved the way for all the girls.
FISHER: It was my gravel! Girl gravel! Girl-vel! So what did they ask you in Berlin?
RIDLEY: Mainly I'm asked how I got the role, did I like Star Wars before, and am I ready for what's to come.
FISHER: And what do you say? Yes, yes, yes?
RIDLEY: I say, "I auditioned for the role because everyone did. I was there at the right time."
FISHER: You were telling me about it! You auditioned five times or something?
RIDLEY: Yeah. I liked Star Wars, but I wasn't an überfan like many people are. Which I didn't realize, actually, until this year. I don't know if I can prepare for what's to come because I don't know what will.
FISHER: How would you not be ready? How can you prepare for what's to come in life? You should ask them back. I would be interested in that answer.
RIDLEY: I mean, I don't know what's to come. They 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.
One of Princess Leia's most famous outfits from the original trilogy is undoubtedly her golden slave-girl bikini from STAR WARS: THE RETURN OF THE JEDI. The costume has been a staple among the convention community almost since it first appeared, but Carrie Fisher insisted that Daisy Ridley avoid following in her footsteps and not let TPTB put her in a golden bikini.
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.
FISHER: I'm looking forward to your space kiss.
RIDLEY: My space kiss?
FISHER: You're going to have to have one. Every girl does.
RIDLEY: [laughs] At this point, we'll wait and see, I guess.
Oh Carrie Fisher, you're the best. I really hope that she and Daisy Ridley have some scenes together in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS as their banter is highly entertaining. You should really take some time to read the rest of their interview in which they discuss old school Hollywood, Star Wars Band-Aids, and running away to Las Vegas together.
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS opens on December 18, 2015.
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