Sunday, November 1, 2015

Carrie Fisher Interviews Daisy Ridley in Interview Magazine

By: Dominic Jones

A lot has been made about how Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens is about passing Star Wars on from the old generation to the new.  Not just on screen, but behind the scenes as well.  Interview Magazine provided an excellent example of this recently when they had Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia) interview Daisy Ridley (Rey) about her future in Star Wars.  The two women exchanged stories about their time on Star Wars Fisher had some great advice for Ridley.  The interview is a lot of fun, and I hope Interview decides to release the audio of it some day.

One of the most interesting and important exchanges in the interview regarded "sex symbol" status and the infamous slave outfit Fisher wore in 1983's Return of the Jedi.  Check it out below,

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.

I'm glad they brought this up, and it's interesting to hear Fisher reflect on the "slave outfit" all these years later.  The slave Leia issue has been hot button topic of late, so to hear Fisher encouraging Ridley to fight against outfits like that is interesting to hear.  While I've never had an issue with the Slave Leia outfit in the context of the story, I don't like the way pop culture has taken the outfit and given it a different meaning that is largely contrary to what it was in the film.  I hope that doesn't happen to Rey and I hope the story tellers don't choose to go down that road again.

The two also discussed briefly the importance of Princess Leia in paving the way for more strong women in science fiction,

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.

The rest of the interview is a great read and I highly recommend checking out the rest over at Interview Magazine

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