Carrie Fisher to New Star Wars Actress Daisy Ridley: Don’t Wear the Gold Bikini

Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley
Carrie Fisher recently gave new Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley some sage advice: Don't wear the gold bikini! Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage; Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Be free, girl! Carrie Fisher had an entertaining conversation with Star Wars’ newest female lead, London native Daisy Ridley, for the upcoming issue of Interview magazine — and the veteran actress gave the newcomer some sage advice.

When talk turned to Fisher’s status as a sex symbol for fans of the franchise, Fisher, 59, quickly brushed off the label.

“Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that’s an opinion of someone [else],” she told Ridley, 23. “I don’t share that.”

“I don’t think that’s the right —“ Ridley tried to interject.

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“Word for it? Well, you should fight for your outfit,” Fisher advised. “Don’t be a slave like I was.”

Fisher was most likely referencing the now-iconic gold bikini that she wore in 1983’s Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. In the memorable scene, Princess Leia is captured and enslaved by Jabba the Hut. 

“All right, I’ll fight,” Ridley conceded.

Based on the released trailers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, however, Ridley’s character Rey will be largely covered up over the course of the film. 

In the interview, the young actress also noted that she hugely admires Fisher’s work, and views her as a “predecessor” of sorts.

“People have been asking me about crushes out of the origin film, and I say you every time,” Ridley told Fisher. “They were like, ‘Is there anyone you particularly look up to?’ And I’m like, ‘Well, Carrie, obviously.’”

“That’s good,” Fisher responded, joking, “You didn’t like Mark [Hamill] or Harrison [Ford]? This is the only time we’d ever have this conversation.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams, and is set for release on Dec. 18.

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