By Ned Ehrbar

(CBS NEWS) – Carrie Fisher has come clean about a secret from the set of “Star Wars” 40 years after filming concluded.

The actress, screenwriter and memoirist has revealed that while filming the landmark blockbuster in 1976, the then-19-year-old Fisher and co-star Harrison Ford carried on an affair for three months.

American actors Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford at a press conference for one of the 'Star Wars' films, circa 1980. (Photo by Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images)

Carrie Fisher & Harrison Ford (credit: Maureen Donaldson/Getty Images)

“It was so intense,” Fisher revealed to People magazine, which is publishing an excerpt of her new memoir, “The Princess Diarist.”

“It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend,” she said.

In the book, Fisher describes waking up following their first night together — after a birthday party for director George Lucas — and feeling filled with doubt. “I looked over at Harrison. A hero’s face — a few strands of hair fell over his noble, slightly furrowed brow,” she wrote. “How could you ask such a shining specimen of a man to be satisfied with the likes of me?”

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10: (L-R) Actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford at the Hall H Panel for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" during Comic-Con International 2015 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 10, 2015 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

(L-R) Actors Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford (credit: Jesse Grant/Getty Images)

“I was so inexperienced, but I trusted something about him,” she says. “He was kind.”

As for Ford — who was 33, married and a father of two at the time — Fisher says he was told about the revelation in advance and given a draft of the book before publication. Ford’s publicist did not respond to requests for comment, according to People.

 

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