Rachel Paige
December 31, 2016 10:11 am
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Mark Hamill will be the first to tell you, “there is a long list of people who knew Carrie [Fisher] better than [he] did,” but no matter what, it’s always going to be Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. Luke and Leia. Space-twins forever.

In the wake of Carrie’s passing, Mark has been completely open, and honest, about what his on-screen sister meant to him, and the world. He’s hurting, and he knows everyone else who loved her dearly is, too. He’s already shared plenty of emotions via a lengthy Facebook post that had us crying, and now he’s gone and done it again. In the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly, the 40+ year Star Wars veteran confesses that he’s still dealing with this shock himself, but the “outpouring of grief from fans was one reason he agreed to speak [out].”

Get some tissues.

He’s talking about Star Wars, of course, and his words are true. He and Carrie (along with Harrison Ford) were blasted into hyperdrive after the release of A New Hope, and it never quite slowed down for them after that.  The threesome went on to do their own things in life after wrapping the original Star Wars trilogy, but has still very much remained close. They reunited again, on screen, for The Force Awakens — and Carrie and Mark will be together again in Star Wars: Episode VIII.

Carrie’s passing has been incredibly hard on so many — both those who knew her personally, and those who saw her up on the big screen/read her books/idolized her. While none of us ever want to go through this kind of loss, remember, we can all get through it together. Mark, too.