Billie Lourd Looks To The Future After The Death Of Her Mother, Carrie Fisher

The Scream Queens actress just got real in her cover story for the September 2017 issue of Town & Country.

In a conversation with her new American Horror Story co-star Sarah Paulson, Billie Lourd opened up about what it's like less than a year after losing both her mother Carrie Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds within two days of each other.

And, while we're sure Lourd mourns their loss, she's looking forward to the future. "I've always kind of lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own," the 25-year-old said. "I love being my mother's daughter, and it's something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie."

Lourd went on, "It's a lot of pressure, because she had such an incredible legacy, and now I have to uphold that and make it evolve in my own way."

The young actress, who recently broke up with boyfriend Taylor Lautner, also revealed that her sense of humor has helped her navigate this difficult time in her life. "If life's not funny, then it's just true – and that would be unacceptable," Lourd explained. "Even when [Fisher] died, that was what got me through that whole thing. When Debbie died the next day, I could just picture her saying, 'Well, she's upstaging me once again, of course – she had to.'"

As Nicki Swift previously reported, Fisher passed away on Dec. 27, 2017. Debbie Reynolds died the next day after having a stroke.

It was later discovered that Fisher, who had a history of drug abuse, had done cocaine and ecstasy before her untimely death.