Star Wars 7’s Carrie Fisher Discusses How Leia Has Changed

It’s no secret that Leia will return in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’… just don’t call her ‘Princess’.

During an interview with Time Magazine, the 59-year-old ‘Star Wars’ star explained how things have changed for the hero we now know as General Leia.

“Oh, my God, she got so much older,” she said. “I tried to stop her, but apparently that includes death so that didn’t seem like a good solution. Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human Leia has changed.”

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Of course, we all remember Princess Leia’s stint in the gold bikini… but now Disney seems to be pushing the character in a far more modern direction.

Taking a position of great power within the Resistance, General Leia is a force to be reckoned with… and that means far less makeup.

“I’ve seen pictures of myself with makeup on and I look like those women who look like they’re wearing makeup so they can look young, and I don’t think that’s good,” she said. “They have all these products now called — wait, what’s it called, it’s my favorite — youth suppressant, or age go away, they don’t work.”

“I didn’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with and I was always; you have to be very careful with that stuff. It really annoys me that I’m vain but, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to discard that tendency.”

It certainly sounds as though a lot has changed for Leia Organa since the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy… and with hints that ‘The Force Awakens’ provides a touching reunion between her and Han Solo, she may have had to go it alone all this time.

But is Carrie Fisher happy to be back? You bet…

“I’m a female and in Hollywood it’s difficult to get work after 30; maybe it’s getting to be 40 now,” she added. “I long ago accepted that I am Princess Leia. I have that as a large part of the association with my identity. There wasn’t a lot of hesitation.”

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ heads to cinemas on 17 December 2015.

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Picture Credit: Lucasfilm.