The return of Star Wars to the silver screen for its highly-anticipated seventh outing, Star Wars: The Force Awakens later this year with an intriguing mix of old and new. While old friends like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill make welcome returns, the cast contains a lot of new faces as well.
Among them is Billie Lourd, daughter of Carrie Fisher who played the iconic role of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Speaking to Interview, 22-year-old Lourd talked about working with director J.J. Abrams on what has been a tightly-guarded production up to now. “It’s the first job I’ve ever had – right into the fire“, she said.
She also spoke of how her parents – Fisher and casting director Brian Lourd – tried to talk her out of acting altogether and told her to get a college education instead. “I went to performing arts camp, secretly taking classes – I got the lead in the musical, and my dad was like, ‘Wait, I thought you were going here for music and knitting“. However, she insists that she’s “not Princess Leia’s daughter” in The Force Awakens, bringing an end to one of the most common rumours circulating around the project. Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in cinemas on December 18.