Billie Lourd has been solid to play the granddaughter of the character that her real-life grandmother, Debbie Reynolds, portrayed in Will & Grace in the course of the present’s authentic run, from 1999-2006.
PEOPLE confirmed that Lourd’s character is Fiona, the granddaughter of Reynolds’ Bobbi Adler, who appeared all through the primary seasons of the beloved NBC sitcom.
“The episode is especially meaningful because of Billie’s relationship to the show,” Max Mutchnick, one of many present’s co-creators and govt producers, informed Deadline. “We’re thrilled to have Billie. And best of all — she’s really good.”
Reynolds appeared in 12 episodes all through the primary eight seasons, Deadline reported and even earned herself an Emmy nomination in 2000 within the Excellent Visitor Actress in a Comedy Sequence class.
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Reynolds is Carrie Fisher‘s mother, and Fisher is Lourd’s mom, marking three generations of actresses.
This isn’t the primary time that Lourd can have a familial relationship to a job: she appeared in Star Wars: The Pressure Awakens and Star Wars: The Final Jedi as Lieutenant Connix. Lourd’s late mother was, after all, well-known for portraying Princess Leia within the Star Wars franchise.
The mother-daughter duo even appeared in some scenes collectively in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with outdated footage of Fisher from previous to her demise edited into to scenes that includes Lourd. The movie is ready to premiere on December 20.
“There are moments where they’re talking; there are moments where they’re touching,” stated director J.J. Abrams to Self-importance Truthful again in May. “There are moments in this movie where Carrie is there, and I really do feel there is an element of the uncanny, spiritual, you know, classic Carrie, that it would have happened this way, because somehow it worked.”
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Lourd can also be identified for starring in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology collection, which returned to FX on Wednesday.
Reynolds died at age 84 in 2016, at some point after Fisher died after struggling a coronary heart assault at age 60.
After its revival premiered with Season 9 in 2017, Will & Grace is ready to finish with its upcoming Season 11, which can premiere in the course of the 2020 midseason.