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Billie Lourd Briefly Played Her Late Mother Carrie Fisher as Young Leia in 'The Rise of Skywalker'

Billie Lourd briefly played her late mother Carrie Fisher‘s classic character, Princess Leia, in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalke.

The filmmakers behind the movie revealed that while most of Carrie’s appearance in the final Skywalker saga film was done through unused material, there was one scene that required a little help. (Warning: spoilers ahead.)

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At one point in the film, there is a flashback scene of Luke training Leia with lightsabers. ILM visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach confirmed to Yahoo that Luke is played by a digitally de-aged Mark Hamill, while Billie played her mom.

Billie was playing her mother. It was a poignant thing, and something that nobody took lightly — that she was willing to stand in for her mom,” he said.

He also said J.J. Abrams asked Billie to take on the role, and they filmed a few seconds for the scene. Her face was then replaced by her late mother from the original trilogy.

“It was an emotional thing for everybody to see her in that position. It felt great for us, too. If you’re going to have someone play [Fisher’s] part, it’s great that it’s [Billie] because there are a lot of similarities between them that we were able to draw from. The real challenge was just making the Leia footage we had to work with fit in that scene.”

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Debbie Reynolds Had Christmas Dinner Table Set for Carrie Fisher Before Their Deaths

It has been three years since the deaths of legendary actresses Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds and now more details have been revealed about their final days.

Carrie suffered a medical emergency on an airplane from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016 and she died four days later. Her mother Debbie died the next day after suffering a stroke while planning Carrie‘s funeral.

Now, a friend of the family has revealed that Debbie had already set the dinner table for their Christmas celebration before the tragedy happened.

“When Carrie was flying in on the plane [from London], Debbie had already made sure the table was set. The menu, everything,” writer Sue Cameron told People. “But there was no Christmas dinner. The table just sat there.”

Sue also opened up about Debbie‘s love of the holiday.

Debbie kept a Christmas tree up 24 hours a day, all year,” she said. “Debbie just loved Christmas.”

“I think in a way they’ve never left because there are constant reminders about their lives,” she added. “It’s almost as if they’ve never really gone. Star Wars is back and Carrie’s daughter, Billie, is becoming a star.”

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Billie Lourd Remembers Mom Carrie Fisher on the Anniversary of Her Death With a Beautiful Song (Video)

Billie Lourd is singing in memory of her mother Carrie Fisher on Thursday (December 27), who died two years ago to the day in 2017.

The 27-year-old actress and singer posted a touching tribute performance of “Angel from Montgomery” by John Prine on her Instagram.

“TakeYourBrokenHeartAndTurnItIntoArt Bathtub Sessions-Angel From Montgomery,” she captioned the performance.

“‘You will lose someone you can’t live without and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.’ – Anne Lamott ✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨✨🙏🏼to @moonbrothersmusic,” she went on to write.

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Billie Lourd Wishes Merry Christmas to Those Who Lost a Loved One

Billie Lourd is sending a touching message to everyone who has lost a loved one and is missing them during the holiday season.

The 27-year-old actress is the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher and the granddaughter of the late Debbie Reynolds, who passed away within days of each other three years ago.

“Happy holidays! (But also sad/emotional/weird/stressful holidays!) Sending my love to everyone who has lost someone they loved and is missing them a little extra today. I see you,” Billie wrote on Instagram along with a childhood photo.

“It’s okay if everything ain’t all merry and bright. It can be a mix of all of it. And it’s all okay,” Billie added. “Feel all the feelings – the good and the not so good. Eat something delish they used to love. Put on one of their favorite songs. Tell a story about them. Cry about them. Call one of their friends you haven’t talked to in a while. Be kind and patient with yourself. Don’t grieve in silence. You’re not alone. ❤️”

Star Wars' Billy Dee Williams Talks Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford's On-Set Romance

Billy Dee Williams keeps it suave in his new shoot for Esquire‘s Winter issue, on newsstands December 3.

Here’s what the 82-year-old Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker actor had to share with the mag:

On the one simple step to being cool: “Be yourself. I never tried to be anything except myself. I think of myself as a relatively colorful character who doesn’t take himself or herself too seriously…And you see I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”

On his portrayal of Lando Calrissian: “What I presented on that screen people didn’t expect to see. And I deliberately presented something that nobody had experienced before: a romantic brown-skinned boy.”

On Carrie Fisher’s and Harrison Ford’s romance (which was described in Carrie’s memoir): “As far as I’m concerned, I mean, I don’t care what people are—if they’re f–king each other and they’re sucking each other, whatever they’re doing, that’s fine with me. I don’t care.”

On what Lando has been doing between Return of the Jedi and the events of the new trilogy: “I always imagined Lando being like Steve Wynn, running Las Vegas. Because he’s a gambler. But he was a bit of a showman, a bit of an entrepreneur. That’s how I see Lando. I never necessarily saw him as a general running around shooting things.”

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J.J. Abrams Admits 'So Much Is Still Being Worked On' Ahead of 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Release Date

The Star Wars cast is on three special covers of the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, hitting newsstands on Friday (November 22).

Here’s what the cast and crew had to say…

J.J. Abrams on production: “We always knew we were going to have three fewer months to post-production this film….. So much is still being worked on. It’s literally a practical race to get it finished…the [trailers] that have come out are scratching the surface of what the movie is.”

Daisy Ridley on Rey: “Rey is driving her own thing. She’s not doing what other people are telling her to do…it’s a heavy story for Rey….There were days where I was literally like, ‘I can’t do this, I’m so tired, I don’t know if I can, like, reach that emotion again.’”

J.J. Abrams on Princess Leia and the passing of Carrie Fisher: “Saying Leia had passed away, or that she was off somewhere else, felt like a cheat. Then I remembered we had these scenes that we hadn’t used from Episode VII. It was like finding this impossible answer to this impossible question. Suddenly we had classic Carrie in these amazing moments. So when you see her in the movie, it’s her, she’s there. It’s not like there’s some crazy digital trickery. She’s just in the movie.”

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Billie Lourd Releases Statement Slamming Unauthorized Biography About Mom Carrie Fisher

Billie Lourd is standing up for her mom Carrie Fisher against the upcoming unauthorized biography about the late actress.

The 27-year-old American Horror Story actress’ dad Bryan Lourd released a statement on behalf of his daughter disavowing writer Sheila Weller and her upcoming book, Carrie Fisher: Life on the Edge, saying that they had no knowledge of the book in advance.

“A person named Sheila Weller has taken it upon herself to sell and write an unauthorized biography based on my daughter’s mother, Carrie Fisher,” Bryan shared with People. “I do not know Ms. Weller. Billie does not know Ms. Weller. And, to my knowledge, Carrie did not know her. Ms. Weller sold this book on her own without our involvement.”

Bryan then went on to tell fans to read Carrie‘s own writings about her life instead.

“For all the fans and friends of Carrie, I just thought it necessary that you know this information before you decided to purchase this book or consider what is being said in the upcoming press interviews Weller will do while trying to sell it,” Bryan continued. “To be clear I haven’t read the book. The only books about Carrie Fisher worth reading are the ones Carrie wrote herself. She perfectly told us everything we needed to know.”

Carrie died after suffering a cardiac arrest back on December 27, 2016. Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, died the following day from a stroke.

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