J.J. Abrams shared some touching words about his late friend Carrie Fisher on Thursday at the Oscar Wilde Awards in LA.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director told LAgoss.com that the iconic actress “will be remembered as who she was, which was one of the most brilliant minds, one of the most irreverent, clever, blindingly bright and funny spirits.”
He added: “I knew her for decades and to know her and finally actually get to work with her especially as that character, it was a surreal and beautiful thing and her loss will be felt obviously by her family and friends but [also] her millions of fans forever.”
The iconic actress was 60 years old when she died in December after suffering a heart attack on a plane from London to Los Angeles.
The director penned a sweet tribute to the star, who had completed filming for the next Star Wars film before her death.
“You didn’t need to meet Carrie Fisher to understand her power,” he shared on Twitter at the time. “She was just as brilliant and beautiful, tough and wonderful, incisive and funny as you could imagine. What an unfair thing to lose her. How lucky to have been blessed with her at all.”
Abrams is married to Irish public relations executive Katie McGrath and hosts the Oscar Wilde Awards at his Bad Robot studios every year.