Carrie Fisher says she was pressured to lose over 35 lbs. to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the highly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
The star, 59, spoke candidly about the emphasis on female actresses to slim down in Hollywood, and says that hasn't changed since she first starred in the films 38 years ago.
"They don't want to hire all of me – only about three-quarters!" Fishertold Good Housekeeping U.K. "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."
But Fisher did what was requested, and changed her nutrition and workouts to drop the weight.
"I did it the same way everybody has to – don't eat and exercise more! There is no other way to do it," she says. "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."