Carrie Fisher might have been a Star Wars legend, but the galaxy far, far away’s Princess Leia was also a mother, and according to the actress’ daughter, Billie Lourd, Fisher was pretty much a stage mother to her when she first joined Star Wars.
Billie Lourd just recently released a new essay about her mother for Time, and in the article, the young Billionaire Boys Club actress talks about finally falling in love with Leia. Lourd might have tried very hard to keep away from Star Wars, but eventually, Fisher’s daughter found herself gravitating towards the franchise and her mother’s character, Leia, one of the coolest women in space.
In her essay, Lourd opens up about joining the franchise, revealing how much her mother loved to hover over her while she was working to make her debut on Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I had no lines in the scene, but my mom kept checking on me like I was delivering a Shakespearean monologue. ‘Are you okay?,’ she asked. ‘Do you need anything?’ I scoffed at her maternal questions like a child embarrassed by her mother yelling good-bye too loud in a carpool line: ‘Mommy, go away! I’m fine. Focus on you, not me!’ In the moment, I was humiliated that my mom was moming me on my first day of work, on the Star Wars set, of all places,” Lourd revealed in her essay.
It’s a pretty tender moment. Though Lourd didn’t get a major role in Lucasfilm’s sequel trilogy, she did manage to work alongside her mother as a member of the Resistance. In The Force Awakens, Lourd appeared as Lieutenant Connix, a member of the Resistance serving under the command of General Leia.
We can’t wait to see Connix in Episode IX.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker premieres December 20, 2019.