Han Solo and Leia had off-screen romance, says actress Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher finally confirmed that she and Harrison Ford had a three-month affair while filming Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1976.
Carrie Fisher finally confirmed that she and Harrison Ford had a three-month affair while filming Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1976.PHOTO: LUCASFILM, LTD. & TM

LOS ANGELES • Han Solo and Princess Leia's romance in the first Star Wars movie was not just on celluloid - it sizzled off-screen.

After years of dropping hints, Carrie Fisher, who played Leia, finally confirmed that she and Harrison Ford (Han) had a three-month "intense" affair while filming Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1976.

She was then 19, and he a 33-year-old married father of two.

"It was so intense," Fisher, now 60, told People magazine. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend," she says.


Carrie Fisher (above) said she and Harrison Ford had a three-month “intense” affair. PHOTO: AFP

She decided to reveal it after stumbling upon her angst-ridden journal that she kept while filming in London.

According to her new memoir, The Princess Diarist, the affair began after a birthday party for director George Lucas. Ford drove her home as she was "wine sodden" and they spent the night together.

The next day, she had doubts. "I looked over at Harrison," she writes. "A hero's face - a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow. How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?"

She also writes that she tried "relentlessly" to make Ford fall in love with her and dreamed about him giving her an engagement ring inscribed "Carrison".

Ford's marriage to Mary Marquardt ended in 1979, but Fisher said the split had nothing to do with her.

She told People that she warned Ford, 74, that she would be revealing the affair in the memoir, out on Tuesday.

The two reunited on screen in last year's Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 17, 2016, with the headline 'Han Solo and Leia had off-screen romance'. Print Edition | Subscribe