According to Mark Hamill, sparks were flying between Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker on the original Star Wars set.
The 66-year-old actor — who portrays Luke Skywalker in the popular sci-fi franchise — reflects on his time spent with Carrie Fisher before her untimely death nearly a year ago. Hamill says the two had an instant connection upon first meeting on set of the first Star Wars movie, and even had a makeout session.
“Carrie and I were attracted to one another, but I knew from previous jobs that it would have been a bad idea [to get involved with someone on set]. But Carrie and I found pretexts,” he recalls to The Guardian. “I remember one time – I’m sure alcohol was involved – we were talking about kissing techniques. I said: ‘Well, I think I’m a fairly good kisser. I like to let the women come to me rather than be aggressive.’ And she said: ‘What do you mean?’ Well, next thing you know we’re making out like teenagers!”
Hamill adds, “We were all over each other!”
After the smooch session, the two reverted back to being close friends and co-stars. “The one thing that drew Carrie and me back from the precipice was we kind of became aware of what we were doing and just burst out laughing,” he remembers.
While Fisher wrote in her last memoir about having a brief affair with her other co-star, Harrison Ford, while shooting Star Wars, Hamill admits he didn’t know until after the fact that the two had a fling.
“Marcia [Lucas, Star Wars’ editor and George Lucas’ then wife] told me after we finished filming. I’m glad I didn’t know before, as it probably really would have affected me,” he notes. “By the time I found out, I just thought it was hilarious.”
As for how he’s dealing with Fisher’s death, Hamill says he still hasn’t fully “come to terms” with the fact that she’s gone.
“It’s devastating,” he says. “Gosh darn it, I still think of her in the present tense, you know?”
He continues, “Whenever I was on set, I would go straight to her trailer with my dog and hang out with her and her dog.”
Hamill echoed similar sentiments in July when he spoke to ETabout Fisher’s death and the impact she had on the Star Wars film franchise. “It’s hard to accept,” he said. “She’s such an irreplaceable part of that legacy.”