“J.J. Abrams called me to come in for Star Wars because he couldn’t find someone for the lead,” she explained. “I went in and he ended up giving me this tiny role with a couple lines and I was super excited. I didn’t know what was going to happen, ended up going and fell in love with it — was weirdly singing Jersey Boys on set, really comfortable.”
The lead role, of course, ended up going to Daisy Ridley. She will reprise the role of Rey in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, due out in theaters Dec. 15. Lourd will also return as Resistance Lt. Connix.
Lourd continued that after her experience on Star Wars, her mother Carrie Fisher suggested that she pursue acting more seriously. “I came home and my mom said, ‘You know, this is really weird that you’re comfortable here, this is one of the most uncomfortable environments in the world. If you’re comfortable here, you should do this.'”
Lourd went on to star in Fox’s Scream Queens before its cancellation in May. She also spoke about getting to act alongside her late mother on The Force Awakens.
“It was incredible,” she said. “I’m a big believer in things happening for a reason and I think I ended up in that movie for a reason. It was really incredible for us to have that experience together.”