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

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The religion and psychology major said of how she was coping without the "goddesses" in her life: 'I don't know, if I say that I'm doing good, I'm too happy. "There's no way to really explain it", she said after DeGeneres noted how hard it must have been to lose her mother one day, and grandmother the next.

It was a fitting venue for the interview as The Ellen Show was the last public appearance Carrie made before her death from a cardiac arrest on December 27 2016. It's been a very hard year for Lourd, having suffered the loss of her mom last December, followed by the death of her maternal grandmother, Debbie Reynolds the following day. As it turns out, Billie Lourd was seriously considered for the part of Rey in Star Wars 7.

Lourd said director J.J. Abrams asked her to audition for the lead role before Daisy Ridley was cast.

"He ended up finding Daisy Ridley". But I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple lines. Since that time, she has appeared on the Fox series Scream Queens and will be a featured player in the new season of American Horror Story.

While Lourd is successfully managing to carry on the acting tradition in her family, it no doubt has to be a bittersweet endeavor.

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Because of that, Fisher realized that Billie should be an actress after all and told her to pursue it if she so desired. "I came home [from set] and my mom said to me, 'You know, this is really weird that you're comfortable here, '" Lourd said. "Like, if you're comfortable here, you should do this".

Next up, of course, will be Lourd's reprisal of Lieutenant Connix in The Last Jedi. "I was looking for things to do with her as a regular guest because she was so hilarious".

But her parents - Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd - were not overjoyed for their daughter to be bitten by the acting bug. "It was really incredible for us to get to have that experience together".

But it appears the screen star has quickly acclimatized to the family business. Billie Lourd knows all to well from living with her mother how to play the Star Wars game though, and she will not give away any of the movie's big secrets.