Getting a major role in a Star Wars movie can be something of a double edged sword. You become world famous overnight, which certainly has its upside. But it has negatives, as well. There’s the potential of being typecast, unable to break out of the role you’re so well known for. There’s the fact that movie fans will probably never leave you alone again for the rest of your natural life. As it turns out, it can cause serious issues with your love life as well.
Interview magazine has a fantastic piece in which soon-to-be-world-famous Star Wars celebrity Daisy Ridley is interviewed by the OG world famous Star Wars celebrity, Carrie Fisher. The two discuss a variety of topics, including how to deal with fans, but Fisher makes an interesting point about the difficulties one can have with...personal relations after becoming a household name.
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.’
Does Star Wars have groupies? Is that a thing? This was an issue we quite honestly had never considered. It has to be murder on the personal life. Everybody you meet already knows who you are. Is this person interested in you because they like you, or because you were in that movie? And the worst part is that this issue would only be worse now. Carrie Fisher had to deal with it all before the internet. In the world of Twitter where everybody has access to global communication this would be unbearable. Ok, now I’m freaking out about it and it has nothing to do with me. That’s how terrible this is.
Fisher probably had some significant issues of this nature following the release of Return of the Jedi and the infamous "Slave Leia" outfit, which put her in that metallic gold bikini, because reasons. While the costume has become iconic, it isn’t for all the right reasons. Fisher obviously wishes she had objected to the wardrobe as she tells Ridley at one point during the interview to "fight for your outfit" and not to be a slave as she was. Ridley agrees.
So yeah, dating after Star Wars. Who knew this was going to be such a problem? Ridley, for her part, seems to be adjusting to the mass insanity of the situation about as well as can be expected. She’s obviously thrilled to become part of the franchise, and she appears to have been well prepped by her mentor to handle what comes next.