Billie Lourd has set her own terms when it comes to speaking publicly about the death of her mother, Carrie Fisher. Carrie’s passing, followed the next day by the death of her own mother, Debbie Reynolds, created two huge holes in Billie’s life. While Carrie and Debbie have both been laid to rest, their spirits linger on for Billie, who opened up about the legacy of her mother and grandmother in a lengthy interview with Town & Country.
The interview, conducted by actress and friend of the family Sarah Paulson, unearthed some of the wildest stories from Billie’s childhood. It had her speaking reflectively about the things she learned from her mom. And she shared her memory of the last time she saw her mom alive.
“The last time I saw her in person, this episode of ‘Scream Queens’ was on, and it was a big episode for me,” Billie recalls. “I had tons of scenes, and I was so hard on myself about it—I hated how I looked, hated my performance. I was really frustrated.” Carrie refused to let Billie be so critical of herself, though.
“She told me, ‘Come over right now. I want to watch this with you.’ And she made me sit down and watch it, and she forced me to see the good parts,” Billie says. “She was incredible like that. But she was really hard on me, saying, ‘Shut up, you’re great in this. Have faith in yourself. Be more confident.'”