Star Wars: The Force Awakens is coming up and Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Scream Queens’ Billie Lourd, is sporting a new “rebellion bun” hair style, reminiscent of her mother’s portrayal of Princess Leia, according to People. The collector’s edition of People is available on newsstands today, and features Lourd in her Star Wars ensemble, and has made known to the public that she had an obsession with the Lucasfilm franchise as a child.
The 23-year-old Scream Queens actress was so obsessed, she involved Fisher in a Star Wars-themed play time activity of reenacting lightsaber duels and once-a-week home viewings of the sci-fi space opera.
“I made [my mom] watch it at least once a week – and on special occasions I would make her get in a lightsaber fight with me,” Lourd, 23, says. “Let’s just say the more trained Jedi usually won.”
Though the path to Hollywood wasn’t Billie’s choice at first, because at the age of 19, she took to academics in college, pursuing an education in religion and psychology at New York University. After that, Lourd took to Hollywood, taking the path of her mother and her mother’s mother, Debbie Reynolds. Back in November, Lourd was thought to have been spotted on a Force Awakens TV spot, per a report by Hollywood Life.
Now, The Force Awakens’ Carrie Fisher didn’t reveal much about Billie for a time, but did make known that her real life daughter won’t be playing her character’s daughter. Some fans would find such a thing fascinating, but it’s not happening on the big screen, according to Entertainment Weekly. Lourd appears in Scream Queens.
The 23-year-old actress also acknowledged that Fisher’s character, Leia, was her favorite, being that she represented that women can be just as good as men in their abilities, as seen on the big screen with Fisher, as the princess taking on the Empire.
“When I saw the [original] movie for the first time, I noticed my mom was not only equally as confident and strong as the men, she was one of the most confident characters in the entire film. It made me realize women are just as powerful as men and that we can truly do anything they can — if not more!”
Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks to be bringing forth some actresses to play some interesting roles in the new movie. Game of Thrones’ Gwendoline Christie is playing Captain Phasma, and Daisy Ridley is taking the lead female role as Rey. Recently, Carrie talked about women in Hollywood and suggested that at her age, that she was happy to take the role. It also took no coercing to bring Fisher back to the Star Wars franchise, according to the Washington Post.
“No, I’m a female in Hollywood over the age of, let’s say, 40. We could also say 50. You don’t have to ask if you want to work at that age.”
This seems to suggest some kind of ageism in Hollywood, and there are claims backing Fisher, saying that the number of leading roles by women in 2014 in the top grossing movies over the age of 45 was none, per the Washington Post. There had been some exceptions like Halle Berry, Meryl Streep, and Holland Taylor.
There’s no telling what character Billie Lourd will be playing in the film, but the pictures show what she’s doing, thus it does give fans a taste. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to open in theaters come December 18 and is directed by Star Trek: Into Darkness’ J.J. Abrams.
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