Billie Lourd Almost Played This Character In “The Force Awakens”

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Billie Lourd might have made a bigger impact on the set of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

On Tuesday, Lourd appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and spoke about working with her mom, the late Carrie Fischer, on the Star Wars set for both The Force Awakens and upcoming The Last Jedi, and even shared a very interesting tidbit on how she got involved with the movie in the first place.

“It was incredible. I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason, and I think I ended up in that movie for a reason,” she told DeGeneres. “It was really incredible for us to get to have that experience together.”

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Lourd also explained how she got the part of Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix along Fischer’s General Leia Organa, only after being sought out to play lead role, Rey.

“J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,” Lourd explained. “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,” despite what her parents wanted.

Yet, Lourd revealed that when Fischer saw how comfortable she was on set, she gave her blessing.

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“I came home and my mom said, ‘This is really weird that you’re comfortable here; this is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. If you’re comfortable here, you should do this…You should act,’” Lourd said.

After her stint on The Force Awakens, Lourd found herself taking on the role of Chanel No. 3 on Scream Queens, and is now portraying Winter Anderson on American Horror Story: Cult. Wherever she decides to go from here, both her mother and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, would definitely be proud.

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