Carrie Fisher feels fantastic after her recent 40-pound weight loss. Fisher's mom, legendary actress Debbie Reynolds, said Carrie has been dieting and working out to reprise her role as Princess Leia in the upcoming film, "Star Wars: Episode VII."
"Carrie's very excited about it," Reynolds told Extra (see video). "She’s been on a diet ever since, because they have to be up to par, so she looks terrific. She's very excited, as we all are, because we all love 'Star Wars.'"
Fisher Lost 50 Pounds in 2011, Then Regained It All
In June 2013, both Fisher and her co-star, Mark Hamill (who plays Luke Skywalker), were ordered by film producers to embark on a strict diet and workout regimen to get back in shape to reprise their iconic roles. Carrie was told to lose 35 pounds.
Fisher, 58, and Hamill, 63, have each gained a noticeable amount of weight in the 37 years since they first played the iconic Star Wars heroes.
“Mark and Carrie need to be as close to their appearance in the earlier movies as possible," sources told the Sun. "Producers are keen to help out and have offered support. The budget is huge so there will be no expense spared.”
Fisher said she was looking forward to shooting "Star Wars 7" because it'll motivate her to slim down. "I'm glad they are doing a new movie because they are sending a trainer to my house so I can get in really good shape," she said.
The 5-foot-1 Carrie, who once weighed 180 pounds, lost 50 pounds in 2011 on the Jenny Craig diet (for which she was a rep). Fisher slimmed down to a size eight in nine months by following a 1,500-calorie-a-day diet and doing 45-minute cardio workouts five days a week.
Carrie, who weighed 105 pounds when she played Princess Leia in the early 1980s, said she hated looking at her own reflection in the mirror in recent years because of her weight.
"I couldn't look in the mirror," says Fisher. "I saw pictures of myself where I didn't look like myself. I thought I was getting old. It turns out [I] was mostly getting fat."
Diagnosed With Bipolar Disorder at Age 28
Fisher than regained the weight shortly afterward and suffered several public emotional breakdowns. In 2013, Carrie was hospitalized after suffering a bipolar episode on a cruise ship where she had been performing.
Fisher was in the middle of a guest performance on board the vessel "Holland America Eurodam" when she began singing off key while she allowed her dog to defecate and urinate on stage.
Bipolar disorder, which afflicts about six million Americans, is marked by extremes in elevated or irritable moods with periods of depression. Treatment usually involves a combination of drugs and talk therapy. Actress Catherine Zeta Jones recently revealed she suffers from bipolar II disorder.
Fisher, who has been open about her past drug abuse, addiction to prescription medication, and bipolar disorder, continues to get electro-convulsive therapy every six weeks to keep her mood swings under control.
"[Electric shock therapy] just puts you to sleep," said Fisher. "There are no convulsions. It actually really helps. I don't have to take as much medication. It gets a bad rap. The only way it's shown in films is as a punishment."
Fisher is now doing well, thanks to drug and talk therapy. Carrie discussed her drug addiction, electroshock therapy and weight struggles in her memoirs, Wishful Drinking, and Postcards from the Edge.