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Carrie Fisher Daughter: Billie Lourd Is Following In Mom's Star Wars' Footsteps

12/09/2015 12:02 EST | Updated 12/09/2015 12:59 EST

The force is strong with Carrie Fisher’s daughter, who will be making her acting debut in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” due out in Canada on December 18.

It’s long been rumoured that 23-year-old Billie Lourd will play Princess Leia’s daughter in the new epic, but the actress denied the reports in June. However, People confirmed on Wednesday that she will be in the movie.

We still don’t know the name of Lourd’s character, but we do know that she will be sporting the same iconic Leia hairdo her mother donned in the early films.

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In an interview with People, the young actress revealed that her mother has always been her inspiration. “When I saw the [original] movie for the first time, I noticed my mom was not only equally as confident and strong as the men, she was one of the most confident characters in the entire film," Lourd said. “It made me realize women are just as powerful as men and that we can truly do anything they can -- if not more!”

Lourd has certainly taken this lesson to heart, as she’s not only a budding actress, but also an NYU graduate. Following her studies in religion and psychology, the 23 year old landed a role on the TV show “Scream Queens” before getting her big break in “Star Wars” alongside her famous mom.

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Lourd is the only child of Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd. But her family never wanted her to get into acting.

“My whole life, they said, ‘Do not act. You need to get a college degree,’” she told Interview magazine.

Despite this, Lourd is pursuing her passion. “This is the first job I've ever had -- right into the fire,” she said. “This is what I've always wanted. I'm living the dream right now.”

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