‘Rise of Skywalker’s’ Billie Lourd, on Her Decision to Act in the Final Movie of the Sequel Trilogy

The final movie in Star Wars’ sequel trilogy is almost here. Fans will get a final look at the character Princess Leia, who, according to Billie Lourd’s essay with Time Magazine, will appear thanks to previously recorded clips. Here’s what we learned about Billie Lourd, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, and the actress’ “third parent,” Princess Leia.

‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ premieres on Dec. 20, 2019

After months of anticipation, the final movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy is only a few weeks away. One of the actors in this upcoming movie is Billie Lourd, the daughter of Carrie Fisher. She discussed her role with acting and her relationship with her mother and the character, Princess Leia. 

Billie Lourd attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
Billie Lourd attends the premiere of Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” | Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Billie Lourd discussed her relationship with her mother and Princess Leia for Time Magazine

During an essay for Time Magazine, the actress opened up about her relationship with her mother and her “third parent,” Princess Leia. She also discussed her decision to start acting, although her mother initial advised against it. Since her acting debut, Billie Lourd appeared in multiple seasons of American Horror Story, and the Star Wars sequel trilogy alongside Carrie Fisher.

“Watching the original Star Wars movies as a kid in my mom’s bed, I never imagined the lady in the TV would get older and get back in the TV,” Lourd wrote. “And I definitely never imagined we would end up in the TV together. But that’s where we ended up. Two little ladies in the TV together–Leia and little Lieutenant Connix.”

Billie Lourd discussed her choice to act in ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Carrie Fisher passed away before the end of the sequel trilogy, leaving Billie Lourd as the as “the keeper” of Princess Leia. It was her decision to feature clips of her mother in the final movie of the Star Wars saga. It was also her decision to appear as Lieutenant Connix in The Rise of Skywalker.

“Losing my mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever been through,” Lourd wrote. “I lost my best friend. My little lady in the TV. My Momby. And I inherited this weird, intimidating thing called her legacy. Suddenly I was in charge of what would come of her books, her movies and a bunch of other overwhelming things. I was now the keeper of Leia.”

“About a year later, J.J. called me into his office to talk about the plans for Leia,” she continued. “We both agreed she was too important to be written off in the classic Star Wars introductory scroll. This last movie was supposed to be Leia’s movie, and we wanted it to remain that, as much as possible. What I hadn’t known–and what J.J. told me that day – was that there was footage of my mom that they had collected over the years that hadn’t made it into the movies, footage that J.J. told me would be enough to write an entire movie around. It was like she had left us a gift that would allow Leia’s story to be completed. I was speechless. (Anyone who knows me knows that doesn’t happen very often.)”

Fans can watch Billie Lourd in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, which premieres on Dec. 20, 2019.