Actress, writer and Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher is best known for her role as Princess Leia, but is also known to have wrestled with drug addictions in the past and being diagnosed with bipolar disorder. However, the actress is hoping to use her life experiences to help young people with their problems, and avoid the pitfalls she fell in during her youth.
The Resistance leader will do so in an advice column titled Advice from the Dark Side that asks for young people to send in any problems they might be facing. The column debuted in The Guardian on Friday and said:
“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.”
Carrie Fisher’s column will run on a weekly basis and you can send in any problems to: [email protected] In a time so dominated by encapsulating technology which threatens the very act of face-to-face communication, and the constant difficulties of knowing who to turn to with your problems, this column by a face many people recognise will hopefully help those that need it the most.