Carrie Fisher’s daughter opens up about life after the tragic deaths

Actresses Carrie Fisher and Billie Lourd posing with Debbie Reynolds at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
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In 2016, the world lost two of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood, but 25-year-old Billie Lourd lost a mother and a grandmother.

In a recent interview with Town & Country, the daughter of Carrie Fisher and granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds opened up about her life the past eight months and how she plans to uphold the two actress’ legacies.

For the magazine’s September cover story, Lourd sat down with her American Horror Story co-star Sarah Paulson to discuss her childhood, career aspirations, and how she’s coping with the deaths of Fisher and Reynolds.

“Ive always kind of lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own,” she said. “I love being my mothers daughter, and its something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie.”

Though Lourd says she’s proud of her Hollywood lineage, she said the role definitely comes with pressure. “…She had such an incredible legacy,” Lourd said of Fisher, “and now I have to uphold that and make it evolve in my own way.”

When recalling her mother’s sense of humor Lourd said, “If lifes not funny, then its just trueand that would be unacceptable.”

“She had such an incredible legacy and now I have to uphold that and make it evolve in my own way.”

“Even when she died, that was what got me through that whole thing. When Debbie died the next day, I could just picture her saying, ‘Well, shes upstaging me once again, of courseshe had to,'” she went on.

Lourd recalled memorable and somewhat unconventional moments from her childhood, like watching Turner Classic Movies with her grandmother, putting Christmas lights on palm trees at 2:00 a.m., and going to Sharper Image at 1 a.m. or 3 a.m. to pick up little trinkets, “as if that was what you do!” she joked.

Though the actress recently earned regard for recent roles on Scream Queens and American Horror Story, her career began at back in 2015 when she made an appearance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Moving forward, Billie Lourd plans on pursuing more acting, and also, releasing a musical album before she turns 30. “Looking back and watching her interviews, I try to model what I do after her. She was so good at it,” she said about Fisher. “She would get so annoyed with me if I ever did a fake interview. Shed say, ‘Tell the real story.'”

Earlier this year when Fisher’s toxicology report revealed she had cocaine, methadone, ethanol, and opiates in her system when she died, Lourd released a statement to People explaining her mother would want the issues she struggled with brought to light.

“My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it.She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases,” Lourd told People. “…I know my Mom, shed want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles.”

It seems she’s already starting to live by her mother’s wordsif by no other way than never shying away from truth, however unseemly it might be.

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