You know how there are some people you idolize and you promise yourself, when given the chance, you will ask a relevant question and hope they give a kick ass answer? Welp… I got that chance yesterday at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference and I DID IT. In fact, it went like this- first question, a friend asked, bam done. Mindy Kaling (the moderator for our panel) said, “who’s next”, I raised my hand and just smiled at the talent in that goofy, holy crap I’m here, and as I turned to face Mindy, she pointed at me and said “yes….you.” And I gasped. One, I hadn’t totally formed the question, two, I WAS ABOUT TO TALK TO CARRIE FISHER, three, DON’T PUKE and four, DON’T PASS OUT.
Well- I asked, didn’t puke and didn’t pass out, so VICTORY!!
What did I ask? Well, when you talk to the leading women of Star Wars, you gotta ask about girl power.
Me: For Carrie and Daisy, can you talk a little bit about bringing out the girl power in the original trilogy and also now with The Force Awakens?
Carrie Fisher: No. [laughs]
Daisy Ridley: [points to Carrie] You began this whole thing.
Carrie Fisher: Yes, I am the beginning of girl power. Deal with it! No, I did. I got to be the only girl on the all-boys set, which was really fun to put things in their drinks and stuff like that. Of course, we drank through the whole trilogy! This was a sober set, so that’s what J.J. brought – sobriety! Girl power? She’s more powerful in the – yes, I’m louder than you. She (Daisy Ridley) takes on the physical power and I scream at them until they pass out. It’s true- I make fun of them. That was what was really fun about doing anything girl power-esque, was bossing the men around. I know a lot of you women out there haven’t done that yet, and I encourage you to do so. Try it this afternoon.
Daisy Ridley: Well, obviously Princess Leia, and Carrie, are a source of inspiration for girls for the past 30 years. I’m definitely not quite there yet but I hope Rey will be something of a girl power figure. And I think the writing by J.J. [Abrams] and Larry [Kasdan], and the story of which she is woven into richly and holds an important role, I guess there’s no other way except to say that she will have some impact in a girl power-y way. I’m so not eloquent, sorry. She’s brave and she’s vulnerable and she’s so nuanced. That’s what’s so exciting playing a role like this. She doesn’t have to be one thing to embody a woman in a film, and for me she’s not important because she’s a woman. She’s just important. It just so happens that she’s a woman. Like she transcends gender. She’s going to speak to men and women, but obviously we started with Leia and Leia’s still there kicking ass. We’ve got Maz kicking ass too so it’s wonderful to be part of, obviously with Kathy at the helm as well, a wonderful crew and cast of wonderful women.
Not too shabby for someone talking to her idol right? One thing is for sure, I am even MORE excited to see the movie than ever before and sharing it with my daughter will be the icing on the cake. Stay tuned for more from the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference and my review of the film!
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens December 18.