On Tuesday, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher admitted to a three-month affair with her co-star Harrison Ford in 1976. During the filming of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Ford was a married 33-year-old and Fisher was 19.
Fisher describes the “intense” affair in her new memoir, The Princess Diarist.
Now, Fisher’s friend, Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates, is weighing in on her disclosure.
“That sucks, man, that really sucks, I am going to have to have a chat with her,” said Bates to Page Six.
Bates goes on to say that she too has a lot of stories to tell, but can’t disclose any details because the people featured in those tales are still alive.
“I couldn’t come out with a memoir now… I had some good times,” but “I can’t tell you about it — they’re still alive.”
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“It was so intense,” Fisher, now 60, told People magazine. “It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend.”
The couple shared their first night together after Star Wars director George Lucas’s birthday party, and Fisher admits she was doubtful about their future from the start.
“I looked over at Harrison,” she writes. “A hero’s face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow. How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”
“I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him. He was kind,” she continued.
(Ford was asked for his side of the story and was even sent a draft of the book. He did not respond to requests.)
The short-lived relationship ended when filming of the movie wrapped.
The Princess Diarist is described as an “intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes” of the first Star Wars movie, with stories gleaned from Fisher’s journals that she kept at the time.