Harrison Ford Says Carrie Fisher’s Affair Reveal Was ‘Strange’

About a month before her death, Carrie Fisher revealed that she slept with Harrison Ford while filming the original Star Wars. Now, Ford has for the first time reacted to Fisher’s decision to drop this bombshell, although he did not say much.

GQ is out with a new interview with Harrison Ford today a few weeks ahead of the premiere of Blade Runner 2049. Towards the end of the piece, Ford was asked how strange it was when Fisher suddenly revealed this information last year.

“It was strange,” he said. “For me.”

When asked if he had any advanced warning that Fisher was going to to reveal this, he said, “Um, to a degree. Yes.” But Ford didn’t want to say anymore when he was asked what he thought of Fisher’s decision to tell the world about this.

“Oh, I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t know. You know, with Carrie’s untimely passing, I don’t really feel that it’s a subject that I want to discuss.”

Harrison Ford in 2011
Harrison Ford in 2011. | Ian Gavan/Getty Images

The interviewer then asked, “Can I ask you whether you’d prefer that it hadn’t been written?” Ford told the interviewer that he’s free to ask that question. When the interviewer asked if Ford wanted to answer it, Ford said, “No.”

Finally, though, Ford did reveal that he never read what Fisher wrote.

Fisher revealed this piece of information about her and Ford as part of her book The Princess Diarist, which was released only about a month before her death. In an interview with NPR from that month, Fisher said she did tell Ford ahead of time that this was going to appear in her book.

“I wouldn’t have ambushed him like that, but it’s still — no matter if I told him or not, it probably feels like an ambush,” she said. “It feels like an ambush to me, and I’m the one that wrote it.”

Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford at Comic-Con
Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford at Comic-Con. | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Fisher explained that she told Ford that she found her journals from back when Star Wars was shooting and she was planning to publish them. Ford raised his finger at her and said, “Lawyer!” She went on to say that she promised Ford to show him the book beforehand and let him take out anything he was uncomfortable with, but she never heard back.

“…So I can’t imagine that he was comfortable with everything that was in it,” Fisher said. “But it’s not like it’s negative about him — it’s just a personal story that’s been a secret for a long time.”

One reason Ford might have been uncomfortable with Fisher revealing this information was that at the time that the original Star Wars was filmed, he was 33 and she was 19; also, Ford was married. A few years after the release of Star Wars, Ford and his wife divorced. He was then married to Melissa Mathison from 1983 through 2004, and in 2010, he married his current wife, Calista Flockhart.