NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 11:09 AM
Princess Leia may have had the amazing abs to pull off the skimpy metal bikini in “Return of the Jedi,” but she didn’t have the stomach for it at the time.
Actress Carrie Fisher told the Daily News Tuesday that it took her 10 years after the film’s 1983 release to appreciate what such a revealing look for her on-screen alter ego meant to generations of lovelorn geeks.
“What’s funny is I wish I had known I was a sex symbol. That’s so odd,” Fisher told The News while promoting the latest installment in the sci-fi franchise, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia is a prisoner of Jabba the Hut and his fashion tastes in ‘Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.’
“Because I don’t think that way. I don’t look at myself even remotely that way. So that would have been hilarious, if I had the chops for hilarious at the time.”
Part of the problem, she adds, is that she didn’t have the most powerful self-confidence in the galaxy while she was battling Jabba the Hutt on screen. It’s still an appearance-driven business that can wreck a person’s confidence: Fisher had previously revealed that she had been pressured to drop 35 pounds to return as Leia in “The Force Awakens.”
Actress Carrie Fisher attends the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 7th annual Governors Awards in November.
“There are other pictures of women with t–s and (looking) sexy (in swimwear), like Bridget Bardot and Sophia Lauren, and then there’s me in that (gold) bikini,” says Fisher. “I’m an extremely self-conscious and tense person … I did not know that I was pretty. I just thought I looked okay and I could go out.”
But others sure noticed: Princess Leia’s slave costume has become a staple of pop culture, notching references on TV shows as varied as “Friends,” “Chuck” and “Dancing With the Stars.” Comedian Amy Schumer even sported it on a GQ cover (not authorized by Lucasfilm) in August.
The real costume worn by Fisher netted $ 96,000 at a prop auction in October.
Fisher seems bemused by that legacy, even if it came as a big surprise.
“I went from the only female in that series, and it wasn’t a real sexual character, to all of a sudden, boom,” says Fisher.