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Calista Flockhart, 59, admits she thought Harrison Ford, 81, was ‘a lecherous old man’ when they met

In the glamorous setting of the 59th annual Golden Globes in 2002, Calista Flockhart’s life was about to change, although she didn’t know it at the time.

The evening marked the start of what would become a two-decade romance with Hollywood icon Harrison Ford, 81, although the spark wasn’t immediate for Calista, 59.

Looking back on that fateful night, Calista said her first impression of Harrison was not what you would expect.

“I had never seen Star Wars, and I know it sounds really crazy. But I grew up in a small town with no movie theater,” she explained to The Times.

Harrison Ford (L) and Calista Flockhart

Her first thoughts about Harrison were skeptical at best: “This is a lecherous old man, and what is he doing at our table?” she remembered thinking humorously. Despite her reservations, the bond eventually deepened, leading to their wedding in 2010.

Calista describes herself and Harrison as opposites who balance each other out perfectly. While she enjoys peaceful walks, Harrison is an avid pilot, a hobby that has seen its fair share of drama, including several crashes.

The love story of Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

Yet Calista has never asked him to stop flying, and has accepted it as part of who he is. “Of course I’m worried, but I’m glad he’s happy,” she says, showing her supportive nature.

In addition to overcoming their differences, Calista has also faced personal challenges, especially when it comes to her health.

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

Early in her career, during her time with Ally McBeal, she faced relentless rumors of anorexia; accusations that she found deeply hurtful and frustrating. “It was painful and complicated,” she admits, recalling the impact it had on her professional and personal life.

She talked about the media pressure and scrutiny: “I was an easy target, I guess… I really thought it would ruin my career,” she told the New York Times.

Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford at Miramax Post Golden Globe Party 2002 in Beverly Hills, California, United States

Despite the difficulties, she persevered, determined to overcome the stigma and keep her integrity intact. “I just put my head down. I always felt like, ‘Calista, you’re a good person, you’re not mean to anyone,’ and I’m very confident in that,” she said in a reflective tone.

Looking back, Calista believes such an ordeal today would be labeled as body-shaming and is grateful that perspectives on body image have evolved.

Calista Flockhart and Harrison Ford

“They now call it body-shaming… it’s really not okay to accuse someone of a disease that many people struggle with,” she reflects.

Now, years removed from the controversy, she looks at old photos and sees no difference in her appearance, highlighting the baselessness of the previous accusations.

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