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Billie Lourd's 'Scream Queens' Earmuffs Are a Tribute to Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia Buns

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Billie Lourd and Carrie Fisher

Like mother, like daughter.

Though she comes from a long line of Hollywood royalty, Billie Lourd — daughter of the late Carrie Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd — stepped into the spotlight all on her own thanks to her role as sorority villainess Chanel No. 3 on Fox's campy Ryan Murphy-created drama, Scream Queens

As one of Emma Roberts' multiple blonde minions, Lourd's character stands apart from the others thanks to her constant accessory: A pair of fuzzy pink earmuffs. 

“They are a little bit of a Princess Leia homage,” Lourd told Seth Meyers during a Dec. 8 taping of Late Night in which she compared the muffs to the iconic oversize Princess Leia buns sported by Fisher in the Star Wars franchise. “It’s kind of a family tradition.” 

“I saw them in the fitting and I was immediately gravitating towards them because I had to be,” she continued. “It didn’t start out as a plot point, I just went into the fitting, saw them [and] recognized my family heritage — which is to have weird things over your ears."

The muffs obsession was later written into the show by writer Brad Falchuk, who constructed the story of a crazy ex-boyfriend so obsessed with Chanel No. 3's ears that he threatened to cut them off if he ever saw them again.

However, though she felt a strong connection to the pink accessory, Lourd explained that muffs do get a bit uncomfortable after while. "It’s kind of like being a wrestler and having your head smushed into the floor all the time. So it’s not ideal," she joked. 

In the same taping, Lourd also discussed her close relationship with her grandmother Debbie Reynolds, who passed on Wednesday, just one day after Fisher. 

"She gets very offended when people call me Carrie Fisher's daughter," Lourd told Meyers of Reynolds. "She wants people to call me Debbie Reynolds' granddaughter." 

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