In case you were wondering, Carrie Fisher is still awesome. Not that she was never not awesome. But the true magnitude of her awesomeness might have faded from your memories in the 30 some years that have passed since the iconic Cinnabon hairstyle and gold bikini. Or, for you young ’uns out there, you may not have realized how awesome she was in the first place. Let me reiterate: Carrie Fisher is still awesome.
This simple fact because abundantly clear as actress formerly known as Princess Leia was once again her unabashedly honest self in a New York magazine interview over the weekend.
A sample insight:
You know how they say you’re your own worst enemy? Well, you’re not. Read what they say about you on the Internet if you look fat. I don’t give a s–t, by the way, but they say I look like Yoda.
Carrie spoke about her upcoming one-woman Broadway show, Wishful Drinking (opening Friday), and the tragic-comic experiences in her life that were its inspiration.
The great thing about Carrie is that through her very public struggles with alcoholism, bipolar disorder, drug abuse, failed marriages and the gossamer nature of fame, she has kept her sense of humor and strength. And, more importantly, she has owned her struggles and refused to play the victim. As she told the magazine:
I’m transparent about all this stuff because it’s out there anyway and if it’s going to be out there anyway, I want my version. It was out there that I was in a mental hospital, it was out there that I was in rehab, and it was always Carrie Fisher’s Tragic Life.
And Carrie Fisher is not tragic. Sure, tragic things have happened, but she is far too smart to let them consume her. Instead she exorcised them with humor in her six books including Postcards from the Edge (which later was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep). The same goes for fame. As the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, she knew what the game was all about from the start:
When I was just becoming conscious — around 13 — is when my parents’ careers began to fade. And I saw what it did to them. Celebrity is just obscurity biding its time.
Carrie was on The Today Show this week to promote her show. That woman is nothing if not a great interview.
She’ll be on The View Thursday. Wow, can’t wait to see what she says there.
Carrie also made waves earlier this month on her personal blog when she took on the nameless, faceless insult hurlers who overpopulate the internet. When she happened to Google herself and found people comparing her body to Elton John and Yoda she admitted it hurt her feelings. And then she had a very succinct message for her detractors: “Blow my big bovine tiny dancer c–k!”
Like I was saying, awesome.