Carrie Fisher’s Daughter Auditioned to Play Rey in The Force Awakens

Posted 2017/09/12 0 0

Billie Lourd, the daughter of late Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher, reveals that she auditioned to play Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.


"Scream Queens" star Billie Lourd landed the gig of Lt. Kaydel Ko Connix in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the forthcoming "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," but she almost had a much bigger role in the series. In an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen Show Monday, Lourd said Abrams turned to her to read for Rey before he landed the actress who would come to embody the role. She says:

“J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead. 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.”

In the film, she asks her mom, “General, are you seeing this?” But Lourd was super excited about the small role and "didn't know what was going to happen." And what happened was it changed her entire life. Lourd said her mother and father, talent agent Bryan Lourd, didn't want her to be an actress, but after seeing how comfortable she was on set, she was often singing Jersey Boys, Fisher told her she had to keep doing it.

"My mom said, 'You know this is really weird that you're comfortable here. This is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. Like, if you're comfortable here, you should do this,'" she said.

Looking at Daisy Ridley's resume, it's understandable why J.J. Abrams selected her to play Rey. While Billie Lourd hadn't acted before The Force Awakens, Ridley had collected a number of short film and television credits in the United Kingdom, and she made her feature film debut in the supernatural horror-thriller Scrawl. She certainly wasn't a household name yet, but with that body of work, she was unquestionably the more experienced performer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be released in theaters on December 15, while Episode IX, the final entry of this trilogy, was just pushed back to December 20, 2019.

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