Tributes have poured in for actress and writer Carrie Fisher since her death last week. Fans have recognized her mental health advocacy, watched her original Star Wars audition, and even created a makeshift star for her on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Meanwhile, colleagues, friends, and family members have shared tributes with the public.
One such tribute comes from Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker alongside Fisher's Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Hamill penned a heartwarming guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, published Monday, in which he shares some of his fondest memories of Fisher from the set and outlines the ups and downs of their friendship. He describes being "in awe of her."
"You know, she was 19 years old at the time. I was a worldly 24," he recalls. "So I was thinking, 'Oh my God, it'll be like working with a high school kid.' But I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. 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."
"I would do crazy things to amuse her on the set. Making her laugh was always a badge of honor," he writes. Hamill goes on to recount the time Fisher suggested he try on her costume during filming of The Empire Strikes Back.
"I said, 'The one-piece white jumpsuit? You're what, 5'2"? I'll never get in!' She said, 'Just try.' I put on that Princess Leia zipper jump suit and it was so tight I looked like a Vegas lounge singer. If that wasn't ridiculous enough, she had me put on one of those bald cap masks with the Bozo hair and glasses and nose and then she walked me around the back lot."
Hamill says their relationship "ran the gamut over the years" — both good and bad. "We went through it all. It's like we were a family."
He says he's "grateful" for their lasting friendship and that they were able to appear in the new Star Wars films together. "Like I say, 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."