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Billie Lourd opens up about Carrie Fisher's death in heartbreaking interview

13 September 2017

"J.J. Abrams called me to come in for "Star Wars" because he couldn't find someone for the lead", she said. Lourd ended up with a much smaller role in The Force Awakens.

Fisher died last December and the next day her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died. Star Wars 7 marked Billie's acting debut.

Lourd called them "goddesses" and said it's been hard to express her feelings since they passed.

Lourd was one of the many actresses who auditioned for the part of Rey.

"It was incredible", Lourd said. But I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple lines.

Because of that, Fisher realized that Billie should be an actress after all and told her to pursue it if she so desired. Until she saw how comfortable her daughter was in front of the camera.

But even so, after entering the Star Wars set, she still received some well-intended pieces of advice from Carrie. So it is really hard to know what to say about it because it's just so surreal and impossible to deal with, ' Lourd said about losing her mother and grandmother. This is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. "If you're comfortable here, you should act'".

Reynolds was best known for her roles in "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown". And I think I ended up in that movie for a reason. "It was really incredible for us to get to have that experience together".

Fans can see Fisher in the new "Star Wars" film due out December 15.

Because of that, Billie Lourd jokingly congratulated Ellen for managing her so well considering Carrie Fisher would always take over talk shows in a sort of an "aggressive" way - according to the daughter!

#CarrieFisher often visited Ellen as a guest over the talk show's 15 seasons and counting run; it also happened to be the last talk show she appeared on before her surprising death.

Billie Lourd opens up about Carrie Fisher's death in heartbreaking interview