Laura Dern gave her thoughts on Carrie Fisher’s passing and her legacy as Princess/General Leia. She also broadly described her experience on the set of the film without giving anything away.
From Entertainment Tonight:
The actress opened up about Fisher to ET’s Nischelle Turner at Elle’s Women in Television event at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles on Saturday, saying the Star Wars series was a part of Fisher “in her heart and her soul.”
“I don’t know any of us who didn’t play Princess Leia for a Halloween, or in our life,” said Dern, who recalled watching the first Star Wars film in 1977 as a young girl at Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome. “What an incredible gift to to witness that whole legacy.”
“We put a lot of focus currently on what it is to be a female icon, what it is to use your voice, what it is to be comfortable in your own skin,” she reflected. “She has always been one of the most extraordinary beacons, an original screen icon.”
Aside from discussing Carrie Fisher, Dern also briefly touched upon her role in the next Star Wars movie, claiming that she’s had “the time of her life” filming Episode VIII. For fairly obvious reasons, she did not go into spoiling the identity of her character or giving away general plot details. She also noted that she was six years old when she saw her first Star Wars movie and that memories of seeing the film on opening day came back to her when she attended a recent premiere. The full interview can be seen below: