General Leia Would Like a Word: Star Wars' Carrie Fisher Starts Advice Column
Carrie Fisher has given her Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-star Daisy Ridley advice before but now she's set to spread her advice throughout the galaxy with a new column at The Guardian.
Carrie Fisher: Advice from the Dark Side is the name of the new column from the actor and writer. Fisher may not have come to mind for most folks when brainstorming advice columnists but she has lived a great deal in her almost 60 years on Earth.
"Hilariously – after all the drug addiction and celebration marriage and mental illness and divorce and shock treatment and heartbreak and motherhood and childhood and neighborhood and hood in general – I’ve turned out to be (at close to 70) a kind of happy person (go figure!)," she writes. "A human who’s had her fair share of challenging and unhappy experiences."
And her idea of good advice? "Throw it at my wall and see what sticks. " And yes, she also knows not everyone wants her advice (she even calls out body-shamers again) but she hopes she can help someone. Here's how she begins:
Who do you go to when you need advice? Your mother or father? Grandmother? Some relative who you know well, and who you can, for all intents and purposes, trust? Their lives may not be the lives you imagine for yourself and their tone a little condescending, but what the hell, right? It can’t hurt to go to the people you love, whose blood type courses through your veins and whose DNA, from a certain angle, contains many of the same markings as yours. You don’t have to take their advice, but let them share their version of solutions to life’s difficulties. Good or bad – it could be interesting.
Many times (unfortunately) you don’t even have to solicit the opinions of those closest to you. I waited for my daughter, Billie, to come to me with her troubles – but I’m glad I didn’t hold my breath. I believe my best advice to her was when we came to a curb that needed to be addressed in an up or down manner, and I would caution her with my caring cow eyes “careful – uh oh wait baby – careful”. She came to believe that curbs and cars and other obstacles were actually called “carefuls”.
Now, I want you all to consider calling upon me with your carefuls and I will provide solicited advice, based on a life filled with pratfalls and accidents (both in traffic and out). But – and I say this with a thing like love – let the questions come from the younger members of our congested world.
They don't mention how often the column will run but if you're interested, The Guardian has posted an email address where folks can send their messages. I can't even imagine how many she'll get. Just don't use it to ask for "advice" about the plot of upcoming Star Wars films, huh?