“I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid. I’d just met her but it was like talking to a person you’d known for ten years.”
Saturday, October 21, 2017 would have been Carrie Fisher‘s 61st birthday, and Mark Hamill isn’t letting anyone forget it.
The morning of the late Star Wars actress’ special day, Hamill shared an intimate throwback pic of the two dancing decades ago.
In the pic, Fisher can be seen smiling as she bashfully sways with an animated young Hamill. Simply hashtagging the post “#AlwaysWithUs,” the star said so much with so few words.
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) October 21, 2017
Following Fisher’s passing in late 2016, Hamill remembered his friend in a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, lauding her as a person “able to make you feel like you were the most important thing in her life.”
He also shared his memory of the first time the two met:
“You know, she was 19 years old at the time. I was a worldly 24. So I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, it’ll be like working with a high school kid.’ But I was just bowled over. I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid. I’d just met her but it was like talking to a person you’d known for ten years. She was telling me stuff about her stepfather, about her mom, about Eddie Fisher — it was just harrowing in its detail. I kept thinking, ‘Should I know this?’ I mean, I wouldn’t have shared that with somebody that I had trusted for years and years and years. But she was the opposite. She just sucked you into her world.”
Earlier in the week, Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, told E! News he would be celebrating his sister’s birthday alongside her daughter, Billie Lourd.
“You can be sure that Billie and I will have a moment in reflection on Carrie’s day,” he said at the time.
“I remember all the great things that she said and the example that she set for so many other women. I see people almost every day that come up to me and hug me and tell me what an amazing inspiration that she was, as a survivor and a woman who stood up for what she believes in. It’s amazing how many people recognized her for that.”
American Horror Story: Cult star Lourd was also sure to share a collection of old throwbacks, zeroing in on one of her mother and herself wearing matching night gowns.
Happy birthday, Carrie Fisher. You are sorely missed.