As the world continues to mourn Carrie Fisher, two very important people in the late Star Wars actress’ life penned separate columns for The Hollywood Reporter, honoring her memory.
Star Wars actor Mark Hamill shared his thoughts on Fisher, whom he’s known since she was 19 and first cast for her now-iconic role as Princess Leia.
“I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken,” he said of his first impression. “She had a way of just being so brutally candid. I’d just met her but it was like talking to a person you’d known for 10 years.”
The star, who famously portrays Luke Skywalker in the franchise, went on to reference the new resurgence of Star Wars films in the past two years, saying, “I’m grateful that we stayed friends and got to have this second act with the new movies. I think it was reassuring to her that I was there, the same person, that she could trust me, as critical as we could sometimes be with each other.”
He noted that their friendship had its share of ups and downs, explaining, “She was a handful. She was high maintenance. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.”
Carrie’s half-sister, Joely Fisher, who is also the daughter of Carrie’s late father, Eddie Fisher, also wrote a touching tribute to the actress, praising her as “my hero, my mentor, my mirror.”
“My sister would have wanted a dramatic exit; she just might have wished for another couple of decades before making one… She would have wanted us to celebrate her life, her words and for Billie to be whole,” Joely said of Carrie’s daughter. “In time she will be. She is smart and soulful and magic.”
Joely also teased that Carrie would find the almost immediate passing of her mother, Debbie Reynolds, comical.
“Debbie loved nothing more than the spotlight. And I can imagine Carrie is having a laugh right now, rolling her eyes at the kind of crazy ending that only happens in Shakespearian tragedies … and Fisher novels,” she wrote. “Carrie’s mom has once again stolen the show.”
Joely and her mother, Connie Stevens, lived next door to Carrie and Debbie growing up, and they all developed a close bond.
“There is no universe where these ladies are not due their appropriate pedestals, and both will be memorialized in separate ceremonies in coming weeks,” she wrote. “My sister Tricia Leigh and I vow to be whatever our niece Billie needs us to be. We will pick up the saber, use the force ... whatever. We will honor these two magical people who have left the tribe in the way they lived, with grandeur and grace.”
Carrie died after going into cardiac arrest while aboard an airplane from London to Los Angeles at the age of 60 and her mother Debbie suffered a stroke the day after her daughter's death, dying at age 84.
For more on the sudden passing of Carrie and Debbie, watch the clip below.