Riley Keough says substance abuse was 'not glamorous' in new TV show, due to family

Riley Keough attends the 2023 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 12, 2023 in Beverly Hills, California
Riley Keough is currently starring in TV series Daisy Jones & The Six. (Getty Images)

Riley Keough has opened up about her new TV scenes showing substance abuse saying they did "not feel glamorous" and also admitted they touched a nerve due to her family's personal experiences.

The actress, 33, plays the lead role in the much-anticipated Amazon Prime Video series Daisy Jones & The Six.

Speaking to Porter magazine, she said she felt it was important that scenes of drug-taking were depicted thoughtfully and given "weight".

She explained: "Because this is something I’ve experienced in my family.

Riley Keough (L) and Lisa Marie Presley attend ELLE's 24th Annual Women in Hollywood Celebration at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California
The actress recently lost her mother Lisa Marie Presley (pictured in 2017), who was open about her battle with substance abuse. (Getty Images)

"I wanted the moments in which you see Daisy’s addiction to not feel glamorous; to make sure that those moments had weight to them; that we’re seeing the humanity behind the closed doors of what people are perceiving to be glamour.”

Keough, who is the daughter of musician Danny Keough, recently lost her mother Lisa Marie Presley.

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The late daughter of Elvis Presley passed away from a cardiac arrest at the age of 54 in January this year, with the exact cause of her death still unknown.

However, Lisa Marie had in the past been open about her addiction to painkillers and opioids, noting in the book The United States of Opioids that the latter was a "difficult path to overcome".

Similarly, Keough's younger brother Benjamin took his own life in 2020, aged 27, after struggling with depression and addiction.

Their legendary grandfather also developed a dependence on prescription drugs before his death in 1977 aged 42.

Read more: Lisa Marie Presley's cause of death deferred amid ongoing investigation

In the interview, Keough gave an insight into her health-focused LA life with her husband Ben Smith-Petersen and their young daughter.

She said: "It’s really important for me to be connected, somehow, spiritually. I spend a lot of time doing things that are grounding.

"My body is really important to me because I have Lyme disease, so I’m trying to take care of myself.”

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