Leia Organa may be a general now, but the woman behind the character, Carrie Fisher, is still as hilariously irascible as ever.
The actress recently appeared on Good Morning America to promote Star Wars: The Force Awakens, alongside her bulldog Gary, whose tongue hung out the entire interview. Fisher attributed her dog’s slobbering to the power of Star Wars.
“He panted all the way through. He’s looked like that still. The tongue wasn’t out of his mouth before he saw the movie, and now that’s his review,” Fisher said of having seen The Force Awakens with Gary. “It’ll happen to everyone. Worth it, though. That’s how good it is. You won’t care that your tongue is out of your mouth like that.”
Although George Lucas reportedly asked Fisher to return personally, she said she didn’t take much convincing, giving the dearth of meaty Hollywood roles for women over a certain age.
“I’m a female in Hollywood over the age of… let’s say 40, but we could also say 50,” she said. “They don’t have to ask you to work at that age.”
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When asked how she prepared for returning to her iconic role, Fisher revealed that, well, she is Leia in some ways (the same way Harrison Ford is Han Solo).
“‘I’ve been Princess Leia for 40 years,” she said. “I got into character, and I never gotten out again. I’ve tried everything.”
Watch the full interview (which host Amy Robach called “one of the most entertaining interviews ever”) above.