TIME – I grew up with three parents: a mom, a dad and Princess Leia. I guess Princess Leia was kind of like my stepmom–technically family, but deep down I didn’t really like her. She literally and metaphorically lived on a planet I had never been to. When Leia was around, there wasn’t as much room for my mom–for Carrie. As a child, I couldn’t understand why people loved Leia as much as they did. I didn’t want to watch her movie, I didn’t want to dress up like her, I didn’t even want to talk about her. I just wanted my mom–the one who lived on Earth, not Tatooine.
I didn’t watch Star Wars until I was about 6 years old. (And I technically didn’t finish it until I was 9 or 10. I’m sorry! Don’t judge me!) My mom used to love to tell people that every time she tried to put it on, I would cover my ears and yell, “It’s too loud, Mommy! Turn it off!”–or fearfully question, “Is that lady in the TV you?” It wasn’t until middle school that I finally decided to watch it of my own accord–not because I suddenly developed a keen interest in ’70s sci-fi, but because boys started coming up to me and saying they fantasized about my mom. My mom? The lady who wore glitter makeup like it was lotion and didn’t wear a bra to support her much-support-needed DD/F’s? They couldn’t be talking about her! I had to investigate who this person was they were talking about.
Exciting news! Billie landed a guest role on the final season of Will & Grace. Billie will portray Fiona Alder, granddaughter of Bobbi Alder (Debbie Reynolds).
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Somewhere in heaven, Debbie Reynolds must be smiling down. Her granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, will guest star on the final season of NBC’s Will & Grace, playing Fiona Adler.
Fiona is Grace Adler’s (Debra Messing) niece, the daughter of Grace’s older sister (portrayed on the show by Mary McCormack), and granddaughter of Bobbi Adler, the role played by Reynolds on the original series.
In the episode, taping on Sept. 25, Fiona is reconnecting with her “cool aunt,” Grace (Messing).
“The episode is especially meaningful because of Billie’s relationship to the show,” Will & Grace co-creator/executive producer Max Mutchnick said. “We’re thrilled to have Billie. And best of all — she’s really good.”
Reynolds played Bobbie Adler in 12 episodes from 1999-2006, earning an Emmy nomination in 2000. The Will & Grace revival did a tribute episode following Reynolds’ Dec. 28, 2016 death, which featured Grace taking Will back to her family home for her late mother Bobbi’s birthday.
Lourd has returned to the American Horror Franchise. She is starring on AHS: 1984, which premiered last night on FX.
Exciting news! Billie will return to American Horror Story for season eight! It has also been announced that Billie has joined the film Booksmart.
DEADLINE – EXCLUSIVE: Billie Lourd is set to return to American Horror Story for the upcoming eighth installment of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series. Additionally, Lourd has been cast opposite Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein in the Annapurna/Gloria Sanchez feature Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde in her feature directorial debut.
In Season 8 of AHS, Lourd joins fellow AHS alums Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates, and new cast member Joan Collins, who will play Peters’ grandmother.
Following Season 7’s American Horror Story: Cult, which dealt with political themes, Season 8, set some 18 months in the future, will be “heightened,” Murphy revealed last month at a FYC event. “It’s not necessarily as real and grounded as the past season. We’re sort of getting back to Asylum, and Coven. That’s the tone of it.”
It’s also rumored the new season will be called American Horror Story: Radioactive, but there’s been no confirmation of that or the storyline. Murphy has confirmed that Season 8 will begin shooting around June 16.
In Booksmart, from Annapurna and Gloria Sanchez, on the eve of their high school graduation, two academic superstars and best friends suddenly realize that they should have worked less and played more. Determined never to fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.
Chelsea Barnard, David Distenfeld, and Megan Ellison produce for Annapurna; Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell, and Adam McKay for Gloria Sanchez.
The original script was written by by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins, with Initial revisions by Susanna Fogel, and current revisions by Katie Silberman. Filming is currently underway in Los Angeles.
Lourd made her TV acting debut as Chanel #3 on Ryan Murphy’s Fox horror-comedy anthology series Scream Queens and later joined the cast of AHS Season 7 as Winter Anderson/Linda Kasabian. On film, she most recently reprised her role as Lieutenant Connix from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the most recent film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Lourd is repped by CAA.
Lourd reveals her late mother also tried to attend a Comic-Con screening of ‘Scream Queens’ in mismatched socks and unbrushed hair: “Even then, everyone was like, ‘There’s Carrie Fisher!'”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – “Hello from Copenhagen,” said Billie Lourd during a phone interview Dec. 28, a day after the one-year anniversary of her mother Carrie Fisher’s death, which she honored by visiting the northern lights in Norway with her father, CAA’s Bryan Lourd, and stepfather, Bruce Bozzi. (“My momby had an otherworldly obsession with the northern lights, but I never got to see them with her,” Billie shared on Instagram.)
On the heels of her appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Billie volunteered a memory of how she and her mother tried to sneak incognito into a showing of 2015’s The Force Awakens. “No chance,” she said, laughing, adding that Fisher once tried to attend a Comic-Con screening of Scream Queens to see her daughter’s TV debut. “She showed up with mismatched socks and hadn’t brushed her hair, and even then, everyone was like, ‘There’s Carrie Fisher!'”
The 25-year-old actress — a judge alongside Last Jedi co-star Laura Dern at the third Moet Moment Film Festival, opening Jan. 5 in West Hollywood — also twice paid tribute to Fisher on the red carpet this year. For the Star Wars Celebration in April in Orlando, she donned a flowy white number, and she wore a disco ball-like column gown for the Last Jedi December premiere, both looks courtesy of designer Tom Ford and stylist Jamie Mizrahi. Said Lourd: “One was dedicated to the classic white dress she wore and the other a nod to the hologram” Princess Leia sent to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
This story first appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
We know that Ryan Murphy’s seventh offering in his American Horror Story anthology will be entitled Cult and will have some association with the 2016 Presidential election. But at TCA, EP Alexis Martin Woodall said that the new administration will not play the part we might expect. “When Ryan had to make the announcement originally that the season was going to deal with Trump,” she said, “I think it’s more about what’s going on in our world around us.”
However, the show will certainly feed into the state of mind surrounding the election, since Woodall said the show will feature a “streak of paranoia,” but she added, “it’s not what you think it is — and I’m not trying to be cagey. It’s just with all good horror and suspense not knowing is going to be good for you.” When pushed for more, Woodall conceded that she would describe the new season as, “bloody tension, a well-cooked meal, an exciting trip to a grocery store. It is true to our brand, which is you are going to be in a whole new world all over again, and fall in love with these really special characters and hate yourself for watching it before you go to bed.”
Newcomer to the AHS collection Billie Lourd elaborated a little on the tone of the new season, saying, “This is straight-up horror drama I’d say,” she said. “It’s definitely less of my comedic side and more of my dark side.”
Another newcomer, Alison Pill also referred to the season’s “streak of paranoia,” calling it “infectious.” She admitted working on the creepy show had affected her on a personal level. “I have a baby, and have to get up at night and do feedings and come back into the bathroom. The shower door behind me when I wash my hands never used to be a problem,” she joked.
Another clue as to what we might see on this upcoming season came from make-up artist Eryn Krueger Mekash, who said, “Sometimes we have days where we’re doing five or six neck slashes a day, or where intestines are coming out of say Leslie Grossman.”
Grossman said she has come back into the Ryan Murphy fold with a great sense of excitement. “I feel that I’m a comedy lady,” she said. “The show [AHS] is so scary, I DVR it and watch it in the daytime, because if I watch it before bed there are sleeping issues.”
As for why the show continues to be a resounding success, Sarah Paulson said, “I don’t know what the magic bullet is, why people love this show. I mean I love it, but I don’t know.” She predicted AHS will go on while “other things lay by the wayside.”