Bille Lourd Covers Town & Country’s September Issue

by Sydney Sadick

Town & Country has enlisted Billie Lourd (a.k.a. Chanel #3 on Scream Queens) to cover its September issue, which marks the beauty’s first interview since the deaths of her mother Carrie Fischer and grandmother Debbie ReynoldsVictor Demarchelier lensed the 25-year-old actress in a burgundy and black leopard Michael Kors Collection dress and Harry Winston baubles. Lourd opens up to her friend and American Horror Story co-star, Sarah Paulson, on life without her mother and grandmother, why she chose the family business, and how she’s creating her own happy ending. Peruse some highlights from the interview below, read the story in full, here, and pick up a copy when the issue hits newsstands on August 8.

On coping with the loss of her mother, Carrie Fischer, and grandmother, Debbie Reynolds…
“If life’s not funny, then it’s just true – and that would be unacceptable. Even when she [Carrie Fischer] died, that was what got me through that whole thing. When Debbie died the next day, I could just picture her saying, ‘Well, she’s upstaging me once again, of course – she had to.’”

On her decision to become an actor
“My mom [Carrie Fischer] pointed me toward it. The first thing I did was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. [On set] my mother would pull me aside and be like, ‘It’s weird that you’re so comfortable here. This is the most uncomfortable environment in the world. If you’re comfortable here, you should do this.”

On life after her mother and grandmother…
“I’ve always kind of lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own. I love being my mother’s daughter, and it’s something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie. It’s a lot of pressure, because she [Carrie] had such an incredible legacy, and now I have to uphold that and make it evolve in my own way.”

On growing up around her mother’s drug addiction and mental illness…
“A lot of people have had experiences like mine, too. Tons of people grow up with mentally ill parents who have drug problems… It’s such a common thing, and people really don’t talk about it. [On Billie’s statement about her mother’s death] it ultimately helped so many more people, and that’s why I made that statement.”

On how she met Ryan Murphy, creator of Scream Queens and American Horror Story
“I went to Silver Lake for this birthday dinner and ended up sitting next to Ryan [Murphy]. He was like, ‘What the hell are you doing with your life? And I said, ‘I’ve started acting. I’ve gone on 10 auditions and I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’m going to try.” And he said, ‘You need to be on my show Scream Queens.’”

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