Aging stinks for everyone but it beats the alternative. Aging well takes some work.
It’s a mindset to guard your health and take care of yourself by not doing drugs, overeating or drinking too much. All of those behaviors diminishes a better quality of life, especially in the last act of our time on Earth. Maintaining a healthy weight is more than vanity. It’s not so much about fitting in skinny jeans as it is bucking the genes you may have been served in your DNA that predispose you to diabetes, arthritis, heart disease or cancer.
This is true for everyone not living in a “galaxy far, far away,” nor is it true just for Hollywood actors under strict dietary requests thanks to that pesky camera adding ten pounds to the frame.
Yet Carrie Fisher’s latest reprisal of an older, wiser Princess Leia 38 years after her breakthrough role that saw the petite powerhouse beauty give Han Solo a run for his money is making some headlines. Carrie is talking to the press and grousing a tiny bit about the fact she had to slim down for the role (along with other cast members).
“They don’t want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!” Fisher told Good Housekeeping U.K.
Fisher is an acclaimed author, writer and all-around entertaining human being who has had a very public battle with all sorts of personal issues, yet has maintained a sense of humor. Hollywood royalty, she knows the lay of the land in Tinseltown where mom Debbie Reynolds and dad Eddie Fisher were a couple until Elizabeth Taylor set her sights on splitting up the family.
Now promoting the JJ Abrams’ film “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Carrie talks exclusively and honestly to Good Housekeeping. She opens up about the industry’s obsession with her weight, and that is what is dominating the tabloid headlines.
She reveals she was pressured to lose more than 35lb for the new film
‘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.’
As far as losing the weight? Good old fashioned diet and exercise.
‘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. When I do lose the weight I don’t like that it makes me feel good about myself. It’s not who I am. My problem is they talk to me like an actress but I hear them like a writer.’
We cannot wait to see Carrie in the new film, and her latest publicity stills and weight loss regimen shows off her incredible bone structure even more! We should all look so good at age 59.