Billie Lourd had a role in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but it wasn’t the part she originally auditioned for. Lourd’s character, a member of the Resistance, was never named on screen, but if things had gone differently, she could have ended up in the starring role.
In a recent interview with Ellen DeGeneres (as reported by EW), Lourd revealed that she initially read for main character Rey. “J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,” she said. “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. I was super excited.”
Although her role was ultimately smaller, it allowed her to spend some time with her mother, Carrie Fisher, which she came to appreciate even more after Fisher’s tragic passing in late 2016. “It was incredible,” she said. “I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason and I think I ended up in that movie for a reason. It was really incredible for us to have that experience together.”
Lourde will be returning in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi.
Arriving Dec. 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke.
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