Riley Keough talks grandpa Elvis’ legacy, mum on authorized drama

Actor Riley Keough — the granddaughter of rock legend Elvis Presley who’s embroiled in a authorized battle with grandmother Priscilla Presley over his profitable property — is again within the highlight to advertise her new Prime Video sequence, “Daisy Jones & the Six.”

While she stays mum on the brewing dispute catalyzed by the January dying of her mom, Lisa Marie Presley, and opted out of an occasion final week for her new present, Keough is now forging forward along with her music-adjacent performing profession, even becoming a member of TikTok to offer it a bit of increase.

The “Mad Max: Fury Road” and “Zola” actor instructed “Entertainment Tonight” on Wednesday that regardless of her household’s spectacular recording pedigree, she and co-star Sam Claflin needed to work onerous to develop their very own musical skills for “Daisy Jones,” which is an adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2019 breakthrough novel and stars the duo as Seventies California rockers Daisy Jones and Billy Dunne.

“It’s pretty amazing. I think we really came from not being able to play anything on a guitar or sing really, to having a full record going out, which is like it’s crazy to us, I think,” Keough mentioned. “We had months of jam sessions, so we had months of rehearsals, so we were basically in band practice for, I don’t know, a year.”

When requested what it means to be persevering with her household’s musical legacy within the sequence, which premieres March 3, the 33-year-old actor downplayed that notion.

“I certainly wouldn’t put that pressure on it. I don’t know if there is continuing my grandfather’s legacy, it’s its own sort of thing to me. But it was a really fun experience for me,” she mentioned. “I’m not a musician — or I am now I guess.”

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She added, “I’ve listened to music and my whole family are musicians and I’ve been around this world a lot and been on tour and all that kind of stuff. But I’d never really done it myself. So for me, it was more about my personal relationship with getting to play music, which was fun.”

Notably much less enjoyable is Keough’s impending drama along with her grandmother, who challenged Lisa Marie Presley’s will in late January. The “Dallas” star, 77, is contesting “the authenticity and validity” of her daughter’s appointment of Keough and her late brother Benjamin Keough as co-trustees of Lisa Marie’s belief in 2016. (Lisa Marie was the one little one of Elvis and Priscilla Presley. Priscilla later had a son with producer Marco Garibaldi. Lisa Marie had the youngsters with musician Danny Keough, her first husband.)

Legal specialists have mentioned Priscilla Presley has a powerful case within the dispute over the the belief — which incorporates Elvis’ iconic Graceland property in Memphis and Lisa Marie‘s remaining 15% ownership of his estate. However, Keough and her representatives have not yet responded to Priscilla’s petition or publicly addressed the drama.

Friends near Lisa Marie mentioned she entrusted Elvis’ legacy to her youngsters as a result of she believed “they would look at it exactly the same way she did.” But these sentiments got here together with experiences of a household rift, in addition to a rumor final week that Priscilla Presley and Keough are solely speaking via attorneys.

Before that, Priscilla tried to close down rumors with a Feb. 3 assertion that mentioned believing “the noise” could be “a travesty of the family legacy and would be disrespectful of what Elvis left behind in his life.”

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