Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Billie Lourd Reveals She Auditioned for Rey in 'The Force Awakens'

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By: Dominic Jones

We all know that Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd appeared alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi as Lt. Connix.  But apparently, she originally auditioned for a different part.  Lourd appeared on Ellen this week where she spoke about losing her mother as well as how she got her role in The Force Awakens, and how that led to her role on NBC's Scream Queens.  Check out the video below,



Lourd told Ellen,
"JJ Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead. He ended up finding Daisy Ridley, who’s an incredible actress - so talented - but I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple lines, and I was super excited."

To be clear, it doesn't sound like Lourd was ever a serious contender for the part of Rey but Abrams was auditioning unknowns for the part, trying to recapture the magic of the casting of the Original Trilogy.  Although, based on Lourd's recent success on Scream Queens and now American Horror Story she probably would have done well with the role.

It was also interesting to hear her talk so candidly about losing her mother and her grandmother late last year.  It's an experience that few people can relate to, but she seems to be handling it as well as one could.


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