Billie Lourd Says American Horror Story 'Saved My Life' After Death Of Mother Carrie Fisher
Billie Lourd has spoken out about the show's executive producer Ryan Murphy, saying he helped her following the death of her mother Carrie Fisher in December 2016.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the 26-year-old expressed her gratitude for Murphy casting her for the role in the seventh season, saying, “I cannot thank Ryan enough. Honestly, it kind of saved my life.”
“When Ryan offered me Cult, it was just a few months after my mom passed, and it honestly helped me process all of my emotions through these characters,” Lourd said.
“Being able to cry for [my character] Winter helped me cry for myself. And it’s been really healing and cathartic in an amazing way. … It is heavy. We spend like, 14 hours a day crying, and sometimes I go home and I will cry in my car for no reason, because it’s like peeing. Once you break the seal, you can’t stop,” she added.
'Star Wars' actress Fisher went into cardiac arrest while flying from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016, and while she was revived and taken to hospital, she passed away four days later.
As if this wasn't devastating enough for Lourd, Carrie's mother and Billie's grandmother Debbie Reynolds died the next day after suffering a stroke.
After toxicology revealed that Fisher had drugs in her system at the time of her death, Billie spoke out about her mother's battle with drug addiction and mental illness, saying to PEOPLE that her mother would “want her death to encourage people to be open about their struggles.”
“Tons of people grow up with mentally ill parents who have drug problems… It’s such a common thing, and people really don’t talk about it, ” she said about why she decided to make the statement. “It ultimately helped so many more people.”