"I feel so lucky... they won't get to meet my mom, they will get to know a piece of her through Leia," she said.
Trigger Warning: This article contains themes of drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental illness that some readers may find distressing.
Billie Lourd recently attended the ceremony for her late mom Carrie Fisher being honored posthumously with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4, 2023, in Hollywood, California. The Star Wars icon received the honor on a special day for the franchise known as "May the Fourth Be With You," referencing a famous line from the movies (with a twist!)
Billie Lourd beamed with pride as her mother was honored with a star on Thursday's Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. A day after losing her mother in 2016, her grandmother, Hollywood legend, Debbie Reynolds passed away. Reynolds died of a stroke at the age of 84 in 2016, one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died at age 60.
She said that from the day her mom died six and a half years ago, she has fallen deeply in love with the entire Star Wars universe and Leia. She went from being someone who was quite unwilling to watch Star Wars, to someone who is an obsessive Star Wars fan. The Ticket to Paradise actress, 30, paid homage to her mom by wearing a shimmering, satin dress that featured Leia's face and iconic hair buns.
She added that she teared up when she watched The Mandalorian. She also has a lightsaber lamp in her living room, X-wing tiles in her bathroom, and she buys every single one of Leia merch. Talking about her two young children, she added that she feels "so lucky that even though they won't get to meet my mom, they will get to know a piece of her through Leia. I will get to tell them that the little lady in the TV is my momby, their grandmomby."
She says she can't wait to bring her kids when they're old enough to understand how cool having a star is. She shares her two children - Jackson Joanne and Kingston Fisher - with her husband Austen Rydell, 31, according to PEOPLE. Beyond the woman on screen, she said one of the things she's most proud of is how her mother inspired others by being honest with her own struggles with drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness. "One of my favorite quotes of hers is, 'Take your broken heart and make it into art.' And she did just that." Billie Lourd hopes that she could pass this wisdom or lightsaber on to the next generation of fans.
She also revealed that her mother used to say that "you weren't actually famous until you become a Pez dispenser." Lourd believes that having a star on the Walk of Fame is what makes you famous. Now, her late mother has both. "My mom is a double-whammy — a Pez dispenser and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, Mama, you've made it."
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