Carrie Fisher as Leia Organa with her daughter Billie Lourd as Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix and Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair.
This is a common refrain among the new generation of Star Wars actors: that Fisher was the one who taught them how to deal. Boyega recalled that when there was a backlash against his appearance in the first Force Awakens teaser trailer, released in November 2014—the sight of a black man in stormtrooper armor drew ire from racists and doctrinaire Star Wars
traditionalists—Fisher counseled him not to take it to heart. “I
remember—and forgive me, I’m going to drop the f-bomb, but that’s just
Carrie—she said, ‘Ah, boohoo, who fuckin’ cares? You just do you,’ ” he
said. “Words like that give you strength. I bore witness in a million
ways to her sharing her wisdom with Daisy too.”