ELLE – If there’s anyone who knows what it means to be surrounded by powerful women, it’s Billie Lourd. The daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, and the granddaughter of the late Debbie Reynolds, Lourd was raised by some of Hollywood’s most beloved stars. But she’s also carved her own space in the entertainment world, nabbing roles in Scream Queens and American Horror Story, and even scoring a part in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was also Fisher’s last movie before she passed away in December of 2016.
Lourd recently spent 30 hours in New York City as a judge at the Moët Moment Film Festival, which invited young filmmakers to create and submit 60-second films based on the theme “A Cause for Celebration.” Ahead of the festival, which took place Wednesday, Lourd got on the phone with ELLE.com to talk about her latest trip to Coachella, the advice she’s gotten from other actresses, and her go-to, full-proof breakup hack:
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After a devastating year, the actress sits down with her friend and Horror Story co-star Sarah Paulson to talk about the loss of her mother Carrie Fisher and her grandmother Debbie Reynolds.
It’s been quite a year for Billie Lourd. The 25-year-old actress has hit her stride in Hollywood: She appeared in the series Scream Queens and is starring in the latest installment of American Horror Story (which premieres this month on the FX network), and she’ll grace the big screen in the upcoming films Billionaire Boys Club and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
But she has also faced huge personal tragedies. Last December her mother Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds—who were both stars in their own right but also beloved as a charming, squabbling duo whose unique relationship was the subject of a recent HBO documentary—died within days of each other. Here, in a wide-ranging conversation with her friend and Horror Story co-star Sarah Paulson, Lourd opens up about her life with and without her mother and grandmother, and going into the family business against the wishes of her mom and dad (the talent agent Bryan Lourd). She also explains how following some of her mother’s famously frank advice has helped her navigate her more difficult moments.