The romance between Han Solo and Princess Leia in the first “Star Wars” trilogy captured the hearts of many, though it was strictly PG.
But in her new memoir “The Princess Diarist,” the 60-year-old actress and writer who played Leia reveals a juicy secret that she’s been holding on to for 40 years.
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford’s off-screen relationship was definitely rated R, the NY Daily News reports.Image Credit: Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images
Fisher spoke to People this week about the three-month-long affair during the 1976 filming of “Star Wars.”
At the time she was just 19 years old, and Ford was 33 with a wife and children.
“It was so intense. It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”
After finding the angsty, passionate journal she had kept during the filming of the movie, Fisher knew the time had arrived to come clean about one of her most formative experiences as a young actress.
“It had been 40 years,” she told People.
According to “The Princess Diarist,” the affair began one night after a birthday party for director George Lucas.
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Carrie Fisher is finally going public with a secret she has guarded closely for 40 years: When she was 19, she and Harrison Ford, then a 33-year-old married father of two, had a whirlwind three-month affair while filming the original Star Wars in 1976. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,” she says. • • • #starwars #hansolo #princessleia #darthvader #lukeskywalker #anakinskywalker #force #r2d2 #c3po #kyloren #theforceawakens
Ford gave Fisher a ride home—but instead of dropping her off, they spent the night together.
The next day, Fisher writes, she was wracked with self-doubt:
“I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow.
How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”
And though the surprise—and secret—romance had run out of steam by the time filming had wrapped, Fisher has mostly fond memories of their dalliance:
“I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind.”
Ford, who received a friendly warning from Fisher about the book and was given a draft before its publication, didn’t respond to a request for comment from People.Image Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
An extended version of the interview, including more excerpts from “The Princess Diarist,” will be in the print version of People on newsstands this Friday.
“The Princess Diarist” hits bookstore shelves November 22nd.