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Carrie Fisher was Star Wars royalty for decades. However, now that the franchise is back into full production, the size of that family has already doubled in size. While the stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens may not have known Carrie Fisher quite as well as others, they're very glad they had the chance to know her at all. Daisy Ridley and John Boyega have recently made their own tributes to their General, who they will miss very much. Ridley released a statement to say that's feeling the loss.
Devastated at this monumental loss. How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.
As Entertainment Weekly points out, Carrie Fisher took on a pretty strong mentor role when it came to Daisy Ridley in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. While Carrie Fisher was the only woman of note in the original trilogy, almost no other women even have speaking lines in the films, Ridley was the hero of the new film, but as a woman, still had a lot of pressure and expectation thrust upon her. Fisher interviewed Ridley herself for Interview magazine and told Ridley to do things like "fight for her outfit" and make sure they don't put her in something akin to the "slave Leia" outfit from Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi.
Daisy Ridley isn't the only one dealing with grief at the loss, however. John Boyega sent out his thoughts on Twitter, including a fantastic image of himself with Carrie Fisher.
The image appears to be from the World Premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a place where Carrie Fisher had an absolute blast. While John Boyega and Carrie Fisher don't share much on the screen in the movie, it's clear that the two of them did share something while filming. He got to know her and talk to her and for that, he'll be grateful. The rest of us just have to pretend to have known her through her work, though she was always so open and honest it would seem that we probably did know her fairly well.
Carrie Fisher touched a lot of lives, either directly or indirectly. As such, there are thousands if not millions of people who are remembering her fondly today. We all feel the loss. However, like John Boyega, we will all be grateful that she was in our lives.