Playing Cinderella wasn’t always a fairytale for actress Lily James. Wearing Cinderella’s famous blue ball gown and corset was a challenge, especially when it came to long shooting days. Lily shared in a new interview that she had to resort to liquid diets in order to aid proper digestion.
Lily revealed, “I think I may be trying to get sympathy a bit there. I’m being a bit over the top. When [the corset] was on we would be on continuous days so we wouldn’t stop for lunch or a lovely tea like this—you’d be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn’t untie the corset. So if you ate food it didn’t really digest properly and I’d be burping all afternoon in [Richard Madden]’s face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I’d have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn’t get stuck.”
Things were a tad more comfortable when it came to Cinderella’s glass slippers, however. Because they were’t actually glass. “I keep thinking maybe if I talk about it a lot in interviews, and say like ‘I really want the glass slipper,’ then maybe it would put a bit of pressure on Disney. And I feel bad every time I say this because I feel like I’m breaking the illusion—but what the hell. It was made of Swarovski crystals. [Glass slippers] would have broken and wouldn’t have been comfortable.”
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Posted Wednesday, March 4th, 2015 at 3:15pm
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The live action ‘Cinderella’ movie has been a long time coming! It was way back in 2013 when Disney gave us the first glimpse of photos from filming. And now the release is less than two weeks away, opening next Friday, March 13th. Disney held the movie’s premiere last night at the El Capitan in Hollywood and we have photos of the event for you! The one cast member we were hoping to see on the red carpet didn’t show up: Helena Bonham Carter (aka Fairy Godmother)!
Above is Lily James and Richard Madden, aka Cinderella and Prince Charming.
Holliday Grainger, who plays the role of evil step sister Anastasia.
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Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 11:11am
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Downton Abbey beauty, Lily James, will be playing the role of Ella or Cinderella, in the upcoming Disney film, which will be released in March. James took the role very seriously, and was inspired by Ella’s pure and positive spirit despite her difficult circumstances. She explains how she prepared for the role:
“I started taking horse riding lessons six weeks before shooting began, and I tried to start living healthily, doing a lot of yoga to try and get the kind of posture and grace and elegance that Ella would have had.
“I also did a lot of research on spirituality and read up on people like Gandhi who have been able to deal with life in a way that I knew I never could. But I wanted to make Ella seem as real as possible and didn’t want to just play that state.”
The film, directed by Kenneth Branagh, has an amazing cast that includes Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother, Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother, and Agent Carter star, Hayley Attwell as Cinderella’s mother. All the early reviews of the film are glowing, despite James’ scandalously tiny waist, and I can’t wait to take my daughter next month!
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Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 2:14pm
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Disney has just released the first image from ‘Cinderella,’ the live-action movie that just begun filming in London!
The photo shows Lily James (‘Downton Abbey’) as Cinderella, on a horse. Kenneth Branagh is directing the new movie. In the new movie, Cinderella gets a new name. She’ll be “Ella” in the new take on the classic 1950 Disney cartoon.
“With Lily James we have found our perfect Cinderella,” says director Kenneth Branagh in an statement announcing the start of production. “She combines knockout beauty with intelligence, wit, fun and physical grace.”
While it looks like it’s set in a similar time period to the 1950 Disney animated movie, the new project seems to feature a stronger, sexier, more independent version of Cinderella who isn’t afraid to wear a lower neckline while living a very active lifestyle. Cinderella will also star Rickard Madden as the Prince, Cate Blanchett as the stepmother and Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother.
Best known for playing Lady Rose MacClare on TV drama Downton Abbey, James will play Ella, a young girl whose merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother. When Ella’s father suddenly dies, Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel new family. They make her into a servant girl and give her the nickname “Cinderella” out of spite. But Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” And then she meets a handsome prince, and, with a little help from a fairy godmother, finds her way to the ball.
I’m excited! Disney’s Cinderella is slated to open on March 13, 2015.
Posted Monday, September 23rd, 2013 at 4:16pm
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