Carrie Fisher Talks Losing Weight, Electroshock Therapy


It's no secret that Carrie Fisher has had her struggles in life.  She has always publicly discussed her problems with drugs, bipolar disorder, an addiction to prescription medication, and recently, her weight struggles. Her recent talk with ET is no different, where she openly talks about everything from what the catalyst was that finally drove her to seek help for getting her weight under control, to the controversial electroconvulsive therapy she still receives to this day.

"Someone wrote online, 'Whatever happened to Carrie Fisher? She used to be so hot. Now she looks like Elton John,'" she recalls, when asked about the moment she realized she needed to do something about her weight. "I couldn't believe that I weighed more than I did when I had my daughter. I did."

But since becoming a spokeswoman for Jenny Craig, Carrie has already lost 30 pounds.

"The best way [to lose weight] is with support and that's what the Jenny Craig thing has," she says about her current success. "You have to weigh in, you have to be accountable."

Carrie also talks about her new book coming out this November called Shockaholic, which alludes to the electroconvulsive therapy she still receives today.

According to Carrie, who receives the treatment about every six weeks, the shock therapy feels like "nothing."

"It just puts you to sleep," she says nonchalantly. "There's no convulsions. It actually really helps, I don't have to take as much medication. It gets a bad rap. The only way it's showed in films is as a punishment."

Aside from Shockaholic coming out in the fall, her one-woman show "Wishful Drinking" is also coming out on DVD in September. The colorful show re-tells the intimate stories of her life through her own trademark wit, and Carrie will be touring the show again starting in July in Toronto.

"I've lived in very interesting times. I have stories," she tells ET. "But if you make them funny it's the best alchemy in the world. And I've had things in my life, when they happened at the time, they were not funny. But when you can turn something like that into entertainment, that's a real gift. I'm really grateful that I can do that."