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In an interview on “The Ellen Show,” Billie Lourd revealed that she originally auditioned for the role of Rey in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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.”

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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, 2017.

Lourd continued that after her experience on “Star Wars,” her mother Carrie Fisher suggested that she pursue acting more »


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