Princess Leia
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. LucasFilm

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher has been talking about her return to the sci-fi franchise and how being part of such a huge phenomena has changed her life.

Speaking to Time Out London ahead of the release of her new film, David Cronenberg's Map To The Stars, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia opened up about what it has been like filming the new movie with director JJ Abrams.

"I love making them. Star Wars has been my whole life. It wans't this deal with the devil, it's this deal with Disney. It's like summer camp for droids," she said.

"The new actors are great. I go: 'Just you wait til you get a fanbase that's going to follow you around for 40 years!'"

Fisher was also asked about Leia, and her feelings toward the character that has defined her career. "I am Leia and Leia is me. We've overlapped each other because my life has been so cartoony or superhero-like. By this age, it would be ridiculous if I had a problem with it. Most people are really nice, even if you're tattooed on their arm."

She was also questioned about a quote from her autobiography in which she said Star Wars creator George Lucas "ruined my life in the nicest possible way". "He certainly changed it, but you couldn't ruin it - it was weird from the beginning. No one had the power to ruin my life, but he sure had the power to transform it."

Finally, the actress was asked about her daughter and what age she was when she started to realise that people knew who her mother was.

"[She was] pretty young. I was about five when I realised strangers used to come up to my parents. You struggle to understand it at that age, and why you're being ignored," she said, speaking of her father, singer Eddie Fisher and mother, actress Debbie Reynolds.

"That's where insecurity in the children of movie stars can come from. I showed my daughter one of the Star Wars movies and she basically said 'It's too loud.' I didn't feel that was a valuable critique for George."

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on December 2015. A Map To The Stars is out this Friday (26 September).