How Billie Lourd Is Keeping A Positive Outlook Following Her Mother's Death


From as early as Lourd can remember, her mother was helping shape her personality.

"My mom actually pointed me toward it", Lourd said of her start in the business. Her mother, Reynolds, died the following day of a brain hemorrhage.

But now that Lourd is herself in the spotlight, she says she tries to emulate her mother: "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.

At the time, Debbie's son Todd Fisher, 58, confirmed the bad news, telling TMZ: "She's with Carrie".

The "Scream Queens" star continued to dwell on the enormous footsteps she feels the need to follow.

"[Carrie] told me, 'Come over right now. I always think that now: I don't want to grow up to be an a-hole!"

Fisher had many pearls of wisdom that shaped Lourd's personality - for example, asking a 9-year-old Billie "Are you going to grow up to be an asshole?" after she got into trouble at school.

'If life's not amusing, then it's just true - and that would be unacceptable, ' Lourd told the magazine.

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Lourd, who first realized she wanted to be an actress after scoring a small role in JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens, recounted how her mom encouraged her to pursue her ambitions. The family has obviously been an integral part of the famed galaxy far, far away, as Fisher portrayed Leia Organa five times in the franchise (including this December's The Last Jedi), while Lourd has played Lieutenant Connix of the Resistance in the sequel trilogy.

She also said she appreciates how open her mother was about her life, including her struggles with substance abuse. She later died in the hospital at the age of 60. "She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases", she said in the statement.

Though the family's history in showbiz doesn't deter the budding actress so much as confirm it's her calling.

"I've 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. I love being my mother's daughter, and it's something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie", Lourd told the magazine.

While Lourd plans to keep her mother's home, there are aspects of Fisher's legacy she may not incorporate into her own.

Adding that maybe "living too out in the open" was one thing she learned from her mother's life that she doesn't want to repeat. "It's such a special place and I'm having a couple of friends move in with me, like an old-style commune", she said.

Paulson recalled when Fisher told her, "You've got to find the amusing, Paulson".