We all know scrappy yet sensitive Rey, the protagonist of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as actress Daisy Ridley. But she was far from the only actress who auditioned for the role. It appears that one actress who was up for the part was Billie Lourd, aka the daughter of Carrie Fisher.
Lourd ended up snagging the part of Lieutenant Connix.
Lourd revealed the news on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, saying that her parents had discouraged her from acting, but after filming her scenes, Lourd told her mom that she felt comfortable with the job. With that, Fisher said, “You should do this.”
Shortly thereafter, she told producer and director Ryan Murphy about her new career path, and he invited her to audition for him. That led to her role in the now-defunct Scream Queens. Lourd is currently appearing in American Horror Story: Cult.
It makes sense that J.J. Abrams cast Ridley — and not just because of her fabulous audition. Ridley, with several roles to her name, had acting experience. Lourd, on the other hand, had never acted before.
Raise your hand if, like me, you’re aching to see Lourd’s audition tape.
According to Comic Book Resources, Lourd’s role as Connix should be expanded in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.