Billie Lourd is keeping up her late grandmother Debbie Reynolds‘ tradition of avoiding cooking for Thanksgiving. The American Horror Story actress made an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Tuesday night (20 Nov 18), and during the chat, host James asked her if she would be making any signature dishes for the celebration on Thursday.
However, Billie confessed that she’s not much of a cook, and explained that Hollywood icon Debbie had come up with a sneaky hack to get away without doing any preparation over the years. “Cooking is a dangerous thing for me. I’m pretty inept in the kitchen, it’s kind of scary. It’s a dangerous time. So, what I do is lie. I bring something from a great restaurant and put it in a sad little box and pretend like I did it,” the 26-year-old explained.
“And it’s kind of become a family tradition vibe, my grandma used to do it, and she did it really poorly. One year, she decided she was going to make everything… put it out, my dad (Bryan Lourd) and I were serving the food on the plates and we were like, ‘This isn’t looking great?’ So, we checked under and it’s (from chicken restaurant) El Pollo Loco. Nothing against El Pollo Loco, I love a good El Pollo Loco. At least put it in a different dish!”
Debbie passed away from a severe stroke in December 2016, one day after her daughter, Billie’s mother, Carrie Fisher died of a sudden cardiac arrest. While Billie has experienced a difficult few years in her personal life, the star has been focused on her acting career and recently celebrated wrapping on American Horror Story: Apocalypse by heading to Las Vegas to watch the Backstreet Boys perform.