Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford in last year’s The Force Awakens. Photo: LucasfilmCarrie Fisher’s final interview – a candid sit-down with UK talk show host Graham Norton, where she discussed her behind-the-scenes affair with co-star Harrison Ford while working on the original Star Wars movie in 1976 – took place just three weeks before the actress’ untimely death, following a heart attack.
In the interview – which was recorded in London on December 9, where Fisher had been shooting the new season of her Amazon series Catastrophe – the star told Norton that she felt guilty over the media hoopla that the 40-year-old revelations had caused.
“400,000 news services picked it up… It became a little embarrassing for me,” she told Norton about interest in the long-rumoured affair.
“They made a lot of things up which I now have to talk about,” she said. “I never said he was bad in bed!”
Fisher had been on the show promoting her new memoir, The Princess Diarist. The book, her fifth, saw the actress revisiting her journals from the late ’70s – and intimately revealing the love affair she’d had at 19 with Ford, who was a 33-year-old married father of two at the time.
When asked how she’d kept the relationship a secret for 40 years, she said she had “no idea it would cause such a sensation”.
“I became friends with his second wife, so we saw each other a lot,” Fisher told Norton about her relationship with Ford following the brief on-set hook-up.
“I can literally remember three times that I made some oblique reference to [the affair], and he went ‘Urghhh’,” she joked, mocking Ford’s trademark mumble.
The two reprised their roles in last year’s The Force Awakens. Earlier this week, Ford issued a statement saying he was “shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend”, after Fisher had suffered a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Norton today said that he was “numb” over the star’s death, just weeks after their engaging chat.
“Unbelievable that such a bright, funny, loving spark could be extinguished,” he wrote on Twitter. Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished. @carrieffisher you will be missed. I wish you peace.— graham norton (@grahnort) December 27, 2016