Comic Con season is here! Yesterday, the cast of Scream Queens attended Comic Con and we’ve learned so much about the upcoming season! Pictures from the SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio Channel Broadcast, the pressline, the panel and the 20th Century Fox Party have been added to the gallery!
Today is Billie’s birthday! We would like to wish Billie a very happy 24th birthday and hope she has a wonderful day with family and friends!
Billie Lourd was on the red carpet for Fox’s Scream Queens at Paleyfest on Saturday night. We’ll have a full story on Scream Queens later but we got the chance to ask Lourd about her brief appearance in theStar Wars saga. As you probably know, Lourd is Carrie Fisher’s daughter and you may have spotted her in the Resistance base scenes of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But will she return for Rian Johnson‘s Star Wars Episode VIII?
So, first of all, Rian Johnson has definitely asked Lourd to appear in Episode VIII, she tells us.
“Yes,” Lourd said. “I can’t say much about it but yes.”
Another reporter on the press line even asked Lourd what is next for her, and Star Wars is the only upcoming project she brought up.
“I am working on Star Wars VIII but that’s all I can say,” she said.
Now don’t worry if you’re reading this thinking, “Who did Billie Lourd play in The Force Awakens and why is she in the next one?” She was an Easter egg to pay homage to the Fisher legacy, but her character was Lieutenant Connix. Since the former Princess Leia is now a general, Connix is in her unit. She asks her mom, “General, are you seeing this?” while Leia watches from her command center.
Wherever Johnson is taking the story, we can imagine General Leia has a need for her lieutenants. Lourd confirmed to us that her role will be bigger in Episode VIII, although not exactly how much more screen time she’d have.
“Oh yeah, yeah,” Lourd told us. “The last one was a little Where’s Waldo-y.”
Lourd knew enough to be cagey about her participation in the next Star Wars film, but also say enough with inflection that doesn’t translate into print. Our last question was would she have more scenes with her mother. Lourd’s suggestive answer implies that she very well could. She is Leia’s lieutenant, after all.
“Maaaaaybe,” Lourd said as she moved down the line.
Star Wars: Episode VIII is now filming. It will be released December 15, 2017. Scream Queens returns for season two on Fox in the fall.
As the news of Scream Queens‘ second-season renewal sinks in, attention shifts to which of the original stars will transition from the Wallace University to the new setting, a hospital. Unlike with his American Horror Story, where the core cast play different characters each year, the idea with Scream Queens is for the actors to continue in their original roles, Fox chairman Dana Walden said today at TCA.
As I reported this morning, Jamie Lee Curtis is fully expected to return as Cathy Munsch, anchoring the horror franchise the way Jassica Lange did for the first four seasons of American Horror Story on FX.
I hear the other actress for whom the intention is to return include Lea Michele (aka Hester), who shared her excitement on Twitter following the renewal news; Emma Roberts (Chanel); Abigail Breslin (Chanel #5); Keke Palmer (Zayday); and Billie Lourd (Chanel #3). Most of the main stars of Scream Queens are said to have multi-year deals, so re-signing should be straightforward in a majority of the cases.
Scream Queens is expected to get a whole new male cast for Season 2.
Producer Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel and Scream Queens will also scare up thrills at the event, taking place March 11-20 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.
The full lineup will be announced on Jan. 19. Ticket info can be found atpaleyfest.org.
Saturday, March 12: Scream Queens (7 pm)
Emma Roberts, “Chanel Oberlin”
Jamie Lee Curtis, “Dean Cathy Munsch”
Lea Michele, “Hester Ulrich”
Abigail Breslin, “Chanel #5”
Skyler Samuels, “Grace Gardner”
Keke Palmer, “Zayday Williams”
Billie Lourd, “Chanel #3”
Niecy Nash, “Officer Denise Hemphill”
It’s strange to see Billie Lourd laughing. Her lips curled, raspy chuckles to match her whisky bottle voice. In real life, there’s a real jollity so unseen in her character Chanel #3 on the FOX series Scream Queens. No, Lourd brims with a personality totally lacking from Chanel #3, a fast-talking lackey to Emma Roberts’ Chanel Oberlin (Chanel #1), with a permanent pair of pink earmuffs and a secret—Charles Manson is her father.
But the laughter comes when I ask Lourd about a different secret, or rather what it’s like to keep secrets like the ones about her time on the set of the new Star Wars film. “It’s frustrating!” she yelps. “It’s like you have something inside and you’re just like ‘Agh! I want to tell everybody!”
Being anything in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a dream role even for a veteran actor, but Lourd is very much at the start of her career – it’s her debut film feature-proper. The 23 year- old’s showbiz parents, Carrie Fisher (who you might know as Princess Leia from the original Star Wars trilogy) and talent agent Bryan Lourd, encouraged her into acting. “I went to NYU Gallatin, where you make your own major,” says Lourd. “So I called it ‘Art and Business as Religion.’ It was basically everything but religion that’s religion. I talked about the Grateful Dead as religion, Steve Jobs as a god, Burning Man as sacred space, baseball as a religion. I took economics classes, marketing, music, acting.”
But Fisher and Lourd aren’t the only Hollywood troupers in the family. Lourd’s maternal grandmother is comedy doyenne Debbie Reynolds, and it was after digging into Reynolds’ oeuvre that Lourd decided to give acting a shot. “I didn’t even really want to be an actress, but I started watching her films and I realised how incredible a career could be,” she says. “Actually, when I started acting, she was upset about it. She was like, ‘This is a really hard lifestyle. Maybe you should be a doctor or a lawyer; anything other than this.’ Now she’s loving it. She gets upset when people call me my mum’s daughter. She wants me to be ‘Debbie Reynolds granddaughter.’”
It was a chance meeting with Scream Queens creator Ryan Murphy that sealed the deal. “I’ve known Ryan for five years now, but didn’t really know him—just ran into him at parties and had small talk with him. I decided to go [to a party] on a whim, and Ryan was standing outside. I sat with him, and we talked for 45 minutes at dinner over wine and fancy pasta. I was telling him inappropriate stuff that you can’t print—gross stuff. He said to me at the end of dinner, ‘You are Chanel #3.’ I was like, ‘That is such a weird thing to say to somebody.’”
This morning, Billie appeared on Live! with Kelly and Michael to talk (and not talk) about Scream Queens and Starwars. Check out 2 photos from her segment below. Once the interview is available online, I will post them along with screencaps.