Carrie Fisher on How 'Star Wars' Leia Has Changed in 32 Years

PHOTO: Harrison Ford, as Han Solo, Carrie Fisher, as Princess Leia, and Mark Hamill, as Luke Skywalker in a scene from the 1977 movie, "Star Wars IV: A New Hope."PlayAP Photo
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We are about three weeks away from the premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and back to help lead the rebellion is General Leia, no longer a princess.

The actress who embodies Leia, Carrie Fisher, recently spoke to Time magazine about how the character has changed in the 32 years since we've seen her.

"Oh, my God, she got so much older. I tried to stop her, but apparently that includes death so that didn’t seem like a good solution," she told Time. "Along with aging comes life experience, so in every way that is consistent with even being human Leia has changed."

But Fisher, 59, added that she and her character wear less makeup now, and that's on purpose.

"I’ve seen pictures of myself with makeup on and I look like those women who look like they’re wearing makeup so they can look young, and I don’t think that’s good," she said. "They have all these products now called — wait, what’s it called, it’s my favorite — youth suppressant, or age go away, they don’t work.

“I didn’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with and I was always; you have to be very careful with that stuff. It really annoys me that I’m vain but, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to discard that tendency."

Fisher is also fine with Leia’s being the role for which she is remembered, and wasn't hesitant to come back to the "Star Wars" franchise.

"I’m a female and in Hollywood it’s difficult to get work after 30; maybe it’s getting to be 40 now. I long ago accepted that I am Princess Leia,” she added. “I have that as a large part of the association with my identity. There wasn’t a lot of hesitation.”