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Carrie Fisher May or May Not Play Daisy Ridley’s Mom in Star Wars, But She Definitely Acts Like Her Mom in This Interview

Fisher and Ridley. Photo: Corbis

As Star Wars fandom debates whether or not Daisy Ridley’s Rey will turn out to be the daughter of Han and Leia, Interview magazine put Ridley and Carrie Fisher in a conversation about the experience of being a Star Wars woman. The discussion that ensued proved that while they may or may not play mother and daughter in the movie, Carrie Fisher is definitely Daisy Ridley’s mom, and your mom, and possibly everyone’s mom. Want proof?

She makes jokes her daughter doesn’t quite know how to handle:

FISHER: Why were you in Berlin?

RIDLEY: I was doing press there, meeting all the lovely Germans.

FISHER: Are they embarrassed with the whole thing with Volkswagen? They have to recall, like, 200 million of them.

RIDLEY: I didn’t ask them about their Volkswagens. [laughs]

She needles her about boys:

FISHER: So what actors do you like now? Besides me, of course.

RIDLEY: Of course you. Carey Mulligan and Felicity Jones are two of my favorites. I’m not so much younger than them. I like that. It’s kind of aspirational.

FISHER: And males? Any crushes?

RIDLEY: Not really! I’ve never been one for crushing on famous people.

She has a long memory:

RIDLEY: I mean, I don’t know what’s to come. They also ask if you guys gave us any advice. You didn’t. Except for—

FISHER: Wait a minute! You said I didn’t? You fucker! We were at that first party, that horrifying thing that I was always late to …

She gives helpful dating advice:

FISHER: Aw. I also said it’s hard to date once you’re a big Star Wars star because you don’t want to give people the ability to say, “I had sex with Princess Leia.”  

RIDLEY: [laughs] Now I remember.

She makes plans:

FISHER: I want you and I to go to Vegas with all the swag and act like we’re normal people carrying Star Wars suitcases that they just sent me-hats, dresses … We will be put in a mental asylum, but it will be a very popular one after we get there. Will you consider that?

RIDLEY: [laughs] That sounds like the best plan, actually. I’m down.

FISHER: You think that’s a joke! It’s going along with being merchandized. You can’t just merchandize us; we’ll merchandize you right back! 

She shares her thoughts:

FISHER: My favorite is when you see, like, a month-old kid dressed as you, so that it looks like the mother swallowed your outfit when she was pregnant, and the baby came out like that. Now I get to have someone to talk about it with — you!

And she commiserates about the crappy parts of life:

FISHER: Oh, you’re going to have people have fantasies about you! That will make you uncomfortable, I’m guessing.

RIDLEY: Yeah, a bit.

FISHER: Have you been asked that?

RIDLEY: No, they always talk about how you’re a sex symbol, and how do I feel about that. [Fisher sighs] I’m not a sex symbol! [laughs]

FISHER: Listen! I am not a sex symbol, so that’s an opinion of someone. I don’t share that. 

These two are going to make one hell of a double act.

Carrie Fisher and Daisy Ridley Talked Star Wars