Carrie Fisher is finally going public with a secret she has guarded closely for 40 years. When she was 19, she and Harrison Ford, then a 33-year-old married father of two, had a three-month affair while filming the original Star Wars in 1976.
“It was so intense,” the actress-author, 60, tells PEOPLE of the real-life romance die-hard fans of the franchise have wished for since Han Solo and Princess Leia captured hearts on-screen.
“It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,” she says.
After coming across her journals she kept while filming on location in London, she felt it was time to come clean. “It’s been 40 years,” explains Fisher, who went on to write The Princess Diarist, excerpted exclusively in this week’s issue.
Ford, who knew ahead of time had no word on Fisher’s confessions. After spending their first night together following a party for director George Lucas, Fisher had a lot of self-doubt.
“I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow,” she writes. “How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”
“I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him,” she says. “He was kind.”