As Hollywood struggles to come to grips with the untimely death of Carrie Fisher, her loved ones and co-stars continue to share their condolences and fond memories of the star. Among them is Star Wars newbie John Boyega who tweeted a photo of himself with Fisher along with a moving tribute. The British actor who played Finn in last year's blockbuster hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens alongside Fisher's iconic Princess Leia wrote, "My heart is heavy but I'm grateful that I got to know her. I'll cherish the memories, conversations and her consistent support. Rest well."
Much like young Luke Skywalker was trained by Obi-Wan Kenobi in the ways of the Jedi, Boyega turned to Fisher to give him tips on how to adjust to life in the spotlight. In December 2015, the 24-year-old told Yahoo's Katie Couric that while he considered Harrison Ford to be his "best friend" (in his head), Fisher was the one who schooled the young Padawan about the massive fame that awaited him. "She is hilarious. One thing she did say to me was just like, 'You're going to have stalkers — guaranteed."
While promoting the film later on that month, Boyega performed impressions of his cast mates, including Fisher, for USA Today. Although the chameleon nailed Ford rejecting his pleas to be his best friend, Boyega couldn't help but burst into laughter while pretending to be Fisher telling a story and sipping a Coca-Cola at the same time.
My heart is heavy but I'm grateful that I got to know her. I'll cherish the memories, conversations and her consistent support. Rest well ❤️ pic.twitter.com/SkPiRgGf03— John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) December 28, 2016
While the young actor's career has successfully launched into orbit, Boyega's heavy heart will continue to beat with fond memories of the princess who helped him learn the force.