If for some reason you've never been a fan of the Star Wars franchise, it's probably recommended that you familiarize yourself asap, if only because of one thing -- Carrie Fisher.
Because where there are intergalactic battles, gravity-defying Jedis and complex father-son relationships, there are close links to the incredible human being that brought the role of Princess Leia to life, arguably one of the most influential sex symbols of the sci-fi genre. Here she is in the trailer for Return of the Jedi:
And with the greatly anticipated release of The Force Awakens, the actress's media circuit has particularly brought me joy, because once and for all, the actress has proven that she literally has no flying f*cks to give. Here are six times in recent months when Carrie confirmed that she was having none of our nonsense and was arguably the ultimate best.
1. When she slammed down on Lucasfilm when they asked her to lose weight for 'The Force Awakens'
Carrie made her feelings about the matter quite clear:
"I swear when I was shooting those films I never realized I was signing an invisible contract to stay looking the exact same way for the rest of my existence.”
2. That time she gave the best interview you will ever see
Appearing on Good Morning America, we knew the interview would be good when Carrie began the dialogue with:
“I wouldn’t be anywhere else at this hour — except on TV."
She then spent more time discussing her dog Gary and focusing her attention on how good host Amy Robach looked at her age, saying:
"They don’t have to ask you if you want to work at that age… you’ll see someday. “You’re so thin, let’s talk about it. How do you keep that going on? You exercise every day? And isn’t it boring?”
Watch the entire thing here:
3. When she said she'd always be Princess Leia
She told the whole world that she would always be the one and only Leia:
“I’ve been this character for 40 years, why would I not? Because I’m going to be associated with Princess Leia more? There is no ‘more.’ And I’m a female working in show business, where, if you’re famous, you have a career until you’re 45, maybe. Maybe. And that’s about 15 people.”
Yeah -- back off bitches!
4. She's a crucial poster child for mental disorder
Discussing mental health issues is still a relatively taboo subject in Hollywood, yet that hasn't stopped Carrie from being outspoken about her own struggles with bi-polar over the years. In fact, she boldly participated in a discussion on medical website webmd.com, where she spoke about how the illness has affected her. Speaking candidly, she said:
"When I got older, depression became more of an issue. Mania is not that unpleasant, but … it's a spin of the dial, you don't know what you're going to get. It turned into what they call agitated depression. I would get really impatient. I was going much faster than everything else around me, and it drove me crazy. You feel out of step with the world."
Ultimately though, she consoled other sufferers hope with empowering words about how she deals with it:
"I define it, rather than it defining me."
5. That time she shut the controversy surrounding that Leia doll bikini down
When a father at a Target store expressed his outrage at his daughter's being confronted by a Princess Leia doll wearing her infamous gold bikini, the debate spiraled out of control until Carrie told every to shut the f*ck up, saying:
“I think that’s stupid. The father who flipped out about it, ‘What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?’ Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.”
If you need reminding, here's the scene in question:
6. When her Twitter was the most on-point thing ever
Finally, anyone who has ever followed Carrie on Twitter will know that it's perhaps one of the most hilarious accounts ever, giving us an insight into the workings of her absolutely brilliant mind. For instance, she recently posed a set of these philosophical questions:
Do you know anyone? I sure don't.
There was also that time she wondered about 'special force rice' at a party:
Any ideas? No me neither.
My ultimate favorite though was that time when she picked up on her own Twitter kookiness, accepting that perhaps she had gone a bit too far and issuing an apology to the masses:
And just when you thought you couldn't handle this brilliance anymore, don't forget that pup Gary also has a Twitter, churning out gems like this on the reg:
Keep on slayin' Carrie!