Celebrity Then And Now
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Fisher played the role of Leia in the original three movies, and then reprised her role in 2015 for “Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens”. Outside of the intergalactic epic series, Fisher has also appeared in “When Harry Met Sally…”, “The Blues Brothers” and “The ‘Burbs”. She has also written several books, screenplays and stage plays over the years.
Fisher had struggled with her weight leading up to her “Star Wars” days, and was told she needed to trim down just a bit to play the role of Princess Leia. The pressure mounted as the series became more popular and two more sequels were added in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. By the third film, Fisher had to wear a bikini that millions of people would see. She was able to maintain her trim figure, but it became a struggle after it ended.
After gaining a substantial amount of weight over the years, Fisher admitted that “I couldn’t look in the mirror. I saw pictures of myself where I didn’t look like myself...I thought I was getting old. It turns out I was mostly getting fat.” Fisher’s post-”Star Wars” weight continued to climb until she had reached her all-time highest weight of 180 pounds. It was at this point that the 5’1” actress decided that she needed to make a change, and joined the Jenny Craig program.
Fisher was able to lose 50 pounds by taking up her new regimen, and it only took her nine months. Fisher was eating around 1,500 calories per day and was doing around 45 minutes of cardio five times per week. She didn’t much care for the treadmill, saying “I’m not in love” with it, but that she liked the “elliptical because I can read.” Fisher then debuted her new body in front of the world and became a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig.
Unfortunately, that wouldn’t last long as Fisher started to delve back into her old habits. Within just two years, Fisher had piled on most of the weight that she had previously lost and was feeling more depressed about her figure than ever. Things changed when it was announced that a seventh episode of “Star Wars” was in the works, and they wanted Fisher to come back on as Princess Leia once again.
Fisher admitted that “They didn’t hire me, they hired me minus 35 pounds.” It was then that she kicked her healthier lifestyle back into gear and ended up losing five more pounds than the previous 35 than she had planned on. Fisher’s famous mom, Debbie Reynolds, said that Fisher had “been on a diet ever since (being cast), because you know they have to be up to par, so she looks terrific.”
After people noticed her big weight loss, Fisher was candid about how she had struggled with her weight throughout the years, as well as drugs and alcohol. Fisher argues that the reboot of the “Star Wars” franchise has helped save her life, as “they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get into really good shape.” Fisher had to put her personal past aside to lose weight, admitting that “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.”
The good news for Fisher is that an eighth and ninth episode are in the works, and she has signed on to return for both of them, meaning that the trainer will be sticking around. Fisher has lost a few more pounds since ending “Episode VII”, bringing her to her lowest weight in a long time. It’s an incredible feeling for Fisher, who had been scrutinized for her weight gain and drug abuse to the point where John Belushi said she “had a problem.”