Billie Lourd Says American Horror Story Saved Her Life After Mom Carrie Fisher Died

American Horror Story: Apocalypse, FX

Next month will mark two years since Billie Lourd lost her mother, Carrie Fisher, and then -- one day later -- her grandmother, Debbie Reynolds. The world knew those ladies as film icons, but to Lourd they were simply family. Lourd co-starred in two Star Wars movies with her mother, but for TV credits she's been busy with three Ryan Murphy shows. Turns out, getting cast in Murphy's American Horror Story: Cult was exactly what she needed at exactly the right time:

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. Being able to cry for Winter helped me cry for myself. And it's been really healing and cathartic in an amazing way, and getting to be around all the incredible people on set, they've become like a family to me, and I cannot thank Ryan enough. Honestly, it kind of saved my life.

Billie Lourd played Winter Anderson in AHS: Cult, which aired last year. Before that, she was the amazing Chanel #3 in Ryan Murphy's Scream Queens. And, most recently, she continued with the AHS anthology as powerful witch Mallory in American Horror Story: Apocalypse.

As Billie Lourd told ET, when Ryan Murphy added her to the AHS family it gave her everything she needed as a grieving daughter. The actress said she'd love to continue into AHS Season 9, 10, and maybe beyond.

I love doing this show. It is so much fun and so challenging and has taught me so much. I would do as many seasons as they would offer me. I mean, obviously I would like to do, like, a sweet romantic comedy on the side too, but, like, this is my jam. I love this show so much. And I would do anything Ryan asked me to do. I trust him with all of my heart.

Billie Lourd has done so well with her three Ryan Murphy shows, but so far those shows are her only TV credits. For film, she appeared (with AHS co-star Emma Roberts) in Billionaire Boys Club, and she also has a role in the upcoming comedy Booksmart. She'll also reprise her role as Lieutenant Connix in Star Wars: Episode IX.

Carrie Fisher died in December 2016, but it was revealed that Episode IX will feature her General Leia Organa with unused footage from J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Billie Lourd recently promoted that film as "magical." We're looking forward to seeing Leia back on screen one more time, but it has to be even more special for Fisher's own daughter. Star Wars: Episode IX arrives in theaters December 20th, 2019. Check out our 2019 film release schedule for more titles to watch.

Billie Lourd had a huge role in the AHS: Apocalypse finale, which just aired two days ago. We know at least two more seasons are ahead from Ryan Murphy, and we'd be surprised if Lourd didn't return as part of the AHS fold. Check out what else you can watch on TV in the meantime, in our fall premiere guide.

Gina Carbone

Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.