Riley Keough, the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and the granddaughter of rock icon Elvis Presley, spoke out about finding joy in her cover interview with The Wrap.
The actress stars as the title character in the music centered series Daisy Jones & the Six.
‘In hindsight, it helped pull me out of the suffering I as experiencing at the time. It was exactly what I was supposed to be doing: something that would be entertaining and an escape for people,’ she told The Wrap.
Adding: ‘I needed that in my life at that moment.’
Riley, 34, filmed the show after she lost her younger brother Benjamin at age of 27 in 2020 by suicide.
Riley’s cover story comes out five months after Lisa Marie died on January 12 from cardiac arrest at age 54.
The latest: Riley Keough, the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and the granddaughter of rock icon Elvis Presley, spoke out about finding joy in her cover interview with The Wrap
In character: The actress stars as the title character in the music centered series Daisy Jones & the Six; seen with co-star Sam Claflin
Tragic: Riley’s cover story comes out five months after Lisa Marie died on January 12 from cardiac arrest at age 54; seen together on October 16, 2017
Riley talked about the time she started filming Daisy Jones & the Six after she lost her brother Benjamin and after being sick.
‘I have Lyme disease, and the sickest I’ve ever been was probably the year we filmed Daisy Jones,’ she said.
‘And I’d also lost my brother, so emotionally and physically I was feeling totally overwhelmed. [The disease] makes basic things like getting out of bed and going on a walk challenging.’
Lisa Marie Presley, the only child of Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla, died on Thursday, January 12 from cardiac arrest at age 54 – two days after making an appearance at the Golden Globes.
Lisa Marie was mother to four children: daughter Riley and son Benjamin with ex-husband Danny Keough, twin daughters Finley Aaron Love Lockwood and Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, 14, with ex-husband Michael Lockwood.
Benjamin Keough died at age 27 from suicide on July 12, 2020 – which would have been his 28th birthday.
After his passing, Lisa Marie wrote: ‘My beautiful angel, I worshipped the ground you walked on, on this earth and now in Heaven. My heart and soul went with you. The depth of the pain is suffocating and bottomless without you every moment of every day.’
RIP: Riley talked about the time she started filming Daisy Jones & the Six after she lost her brother Benjamin and after being sick; Riley and Benjamin pictured
Generations: Riley seen June 21, 2022 in Hollywood during their handprint ceremony; (from L to R: Harper Vivienne Ann Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough, and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood)
Icon: Elvis pictured with wife Priscilla Presley and their daughter Lisa Marie, pictured in 1970
She was laid to rest at Graceland late January next to Benjamin in the Meditation Garden at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
Elvis, and his parents Vernon and Gladys are also buried in the garden.
In the interview, Riley revealed she never played the guitar or sang in public – despite her family’s rock star legacy.
‘It is funny, and a lot of the response I get when I share that I never sang or played instruments is that people are very confused by that,’ she said.
‘But it’s the truth. For whatever reason I never picked up a guitar and sang until the show.’
The actress revealed that they filmed the final concert in spring 2021 in New Orleans.
‘We had been rehearsing to do the live performances and then we had like five months of just acting,’ she said to the magazine.
‘We were like “We wanna perform now!” When I watch the performance stuff, it makes me feel joy because we were all feeling wild.’
Adding: ‘Performing was very real and we didn’t have to fake the fun. We were having the best time every and there was a real sense of freedom, even though it was probably four or five in the morning.’
Rock star: Daisy Jones & the Six stars Riley, Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne, Camila Morrone as Camila Alvarez, Suki Waterhouse as Karen Sirko and more; seen with Sam
For her first audition, the star said she sang with her husband Ben Smith-Petersen as he played the guitar.
She also hired a vocal coach and worked with music producers Blake Mills and Tony Berg.
Daisy Jones & the Six stars Riley, Sam Claflin as Billy Dunne, Camila Morrone as Camila Alvarez, Suki Waterhouse as Karen Sirko and more.
The series dropped in March 2023 on Amazon Prime; the series has 10 episodes total.
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