Billie Lourd Opens Up About Carrie Fisher's Battle with Drug Addiction

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Agosto 1, 2017

Losing two family members in the span of days is nothing short of tragic, but Lourd has proudly taken up the family mantle, appearing at a "Star Wars" festival in April and starring in the forthcoming season of "American Horror Story".

The Scream Queens actress just got real in her cover story for the September 2017 issue of Town & Country.

But now the 25-year-old actress is opening up about the losses and the way her life looks in the absence of her iconic loved ones. But it's hard to compare that experience to what her daughter, Billie Lourd is going through - especially since she lost her mother and her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, in the same week. "It's a lot of pressure, because she had such an incredible legacy", Lourd added. In a recent interview, Lourd talked about moving forward while remembering her roots. 'My mother would pull me aside and be like, "It's weird that you're so comfortable here". This is the most uncomfortable environment in the world. Literally three days before she died, she was like, 'What numbers are you going to put in your act?

"If life's not amusing, then it's just true - and that would be unacceptable", says Lourd, echoing her late mother. "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, she's upstaging me once again, of course - she had to'".

The "Scream Queens" star continued to dwell on the vast footsteps she feels the need to follow. "She would get so annoyed with me if I ever did a fake interview".

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

Currently, Lourd has a recurring role on American Horror Story and parts in upcoming films Billionaire Boys Club and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Reflecting on what her parents have taught her, Lourd explained that her mom taught her at a very young age-and in straight words-the importance of good character. Have faith in yourself. "Tons of people grow up with mentally ill parents who have drug problems". I want to watch this with you.' And she made me sit down and watch it, and she forced me to see the good parts.

"My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life".

Lourd is aware she'll likely be compared to her famous family in Hollywood, but she hopes to further develop her own identity as a means to get some much-needed healing. But, you know, that was the beauty of her'.

Read Lourd's full Town & Country interview here.

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