Exclusive Interview with #FrozenFever Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck #CinderellaEvent

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”15328″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Frozen Fever is coming and everyone is going to catch it! You can only see it with Disney’s new film Cinderella, opening in theaters March 13th but trust me, it is totally worth the price of admission!

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U.S. Release Date:                    March 13, 2015, in front of “Cinderella”

Voice Talent:                             Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad

Directors:                                  Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Producers:                                Peter Del Vecho, Aimee Scribner

In “Frozen Fever,” it’s Anna’s birthday and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Exclusive Interview with Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” style=”double” border_width=”4″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”15332″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]So it’s been a year. How are your lives now?

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Jennifer Lee- We thought they’d be less busy, but they’re not.

Chris Buck– I still buy shirts at TJ Max. Hasn’t changed…

Jennifer Lee– I still find myself going I have to buy another dress? So. So yeah. So nothing’s changed, really.

Chris Buck– Since we first last talked, it’s been overwhelming, the year. We still get Youtube sent to us. I mean, I got one just yesterday…mash-ups. All this kind of stuff. It’s actually very funny. So I just, it’s beenoverwhelming. It really has. We’ll get serious right away. Starting with the Reddit. Reddit round table is where a woman wrote in sayin that she was, uh, in a bad place and was gonna commit suicide, and saw Frozen and inspired by Elsa and, and her journey, and she said, and I’m still here. Thank you.

So, you know, we’re overwhelmed by that. There are autistic kids that watch Frozen that parents tell us they hadn’t… They don’t sit still for anything, and they watch Frozen, and they relate to Olaf. Just a few weeks ago, uh, a friend of ours working at a nursing home and a senior citizen just, she wasn’t really, She sort of internal and not doing much. And she watched Frozen. And then she started drawing again. ‘Cause she used to draw when she was younger. And she was drawing the Frozen characters. And just, and her husband was just so grateful she was coming back to life. So you get those are the stories that we go oh wow. And that’s how I think our life has changed.

Sort of seeing what… We always knew that these films had some influence and power. But this one certainly I’ve never experienced anything like this.

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You sick of the song?

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Jennifer Lee – It was a joke about having parents coming up to us going “thanks”. You know?  And so we just go sorry.  Like, kidding.  Was like, what are you gonna do?  I mean, I think… I always say I think when I’m very old, the last thing left in my head will be Let it Go, and that’s just fine with me.

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In the Frozen Fever short, Elsa sneezing is the cutest thing ever. How’d you come up with that idea?  Or who came up with the idea of her sneezing and snowmen come out?

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Jennifer Lee– We have this, uh… One of our story artists, he was one of the head story artist on Frozen itself. And we were brainstorming all, whatever could be, you know. Blue sky. Anything. We thought it would be nice to focus on Elsa more. What’s she like now? I mean, we end the film. We had this tragic character. We end the film, she’s free, but we don’t know. And, but we’d love to play with her magic in a different way, and he just said what if she’s a cold, and the cold wreaks havoc. And we just went crazy.

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What’s the future of Frozen and Elsa and Ana?

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Jennifer Lee– We don’t know. we just finished the short like two weeks ago.
Chris Buck- And we really didn’t have much of a break before we started on this.
Jennifer Lee– But we’re working on the Broadway musical and helping a lot on that and in the studio. The directors helped us on Frozen and we’re helping them on their projects. We got to stop for a second and dream again. We don’t know what we’re going to come up with.
Chris Buck– Because we’re also involved with the thing at the parks and all that. We’re very Frozen busy but the nice thing is that they’re actually asking us to help. Sometimes in the past it’s been you do the movie and then it’s kind of taken away. They do their thing throughout the company without any advice from us. It is niced to be asked to help because we know these characters so well. There are thing that we tried but didn’t work with our characters. So it is nice to give them a heads up and tell them not to go down that road, it can get sticky.
We just feel very, very busy with a lot of it. So we’ll, we’ll see what’s next.
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How is Frozen Fever’s attached to Cinderella and does that mean anything for you guys?

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Jennifer Lee– Well, I have to say it’s huge for me because my first Disney film was Cinderella. And then, once it came on VHS, I think I played it 50, 60 times. Working for Disney was a dream when I was a kid, so to have everything come together and you know, the film I was blown away by how much it, it was in line with the animated film. And yet, you know, it went even deeper and it was so beautiful. So there were a lot of, like, very nostalgic tears last night.

Chris Buck– But seeing it last night too, it felt like sort of the perfect match with Frozen, and then Cinderella. You know?

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]One of the biggest question was- Is there an Easter egg in the short? And the answer is…YES!

But you have to look closely and it is really quick. But see if you can find him or her!

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Frozen Fever Trailer:

CINDERELLA

Cinderella will be in theaters March 13, 2015

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Exclusive Interview With Lily James – “Cinderella” #CinderellaEvent

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_single_image image=”15304″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Sometimes in Hollywood they cast a person so perfect for a role that you have a hard time believing they are a real person. That is Lily James as Cinderella. When she walks into a room she lights it up with her grace, kind demeanor, and her humor. This girl is very funny and loves to laugh. But most importantly, she is truly like Cinderella. I honestly could not fathom another young woman playing the part. Kenneth Branagh made the best decision ever casting Lily James.

The thing that really struck me during these interviews was how passionate they were about their roles. Lily is known best for Lady Rose on Downton Abbey and Richard Madden is known for Rob Stark on Game of Thrones but listening to them during their interviews you would never believe that already had famous parts. It is like they lived to play Cinderella and Prince Charming. I loved that because seeing them excited and passionate about their characters made me more excited about the movie than I already was. If that was possible.

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”15306″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”About Lily James” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” style=”double” border_width=”4″][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_single_image image=”15292″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”large”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]She was born April 5th 1989 and was christened Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson. But she is better known for her stage name, Lily James. Her father, James Thomson was an actor/musician that passed away in 2008 and she is granddaughter to American actress Helen Horton.

She studied acting at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and graduated in 2010.

She is best known for her roles in Clash of the Titans, Fast Girls, and playing Lady Rose in Downton Abbey. In addition to Cinderella she is also playing the lead role ( Elizabeth Bennett) in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. No release date has been set but the movie is in post-preduction. We will also be seeing her in 2016 as Natasha Rostova in the TV Mini-series, War and Peace.

She is currently dating actor Matt Smith.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Exclusive Interview With Lily James” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” style=”double” border_width=”4″][vc_single_image image=”15323″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]What was your initial reaction when you found out you got the role of Cinderella?

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]Ken rang me himself and I screamed so loudly I’m sure I burst his eardrum. And he said “I want you to be my Cinderella.” And I just, my heart, I was on set and I, and I screamed. And Laura and Michelle came running over and, and they knew I’d been doing this torturous audition process and they’re like, ‘what is it, what is it?’ And then Ken was like, ‘you’re not allowed to tell anyone.’ So, I was like, ‘oh, nothing, nothing.’ And then, later that day Hugh Bonneville announced it at the Downton dining room table. It was really sweet.
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How did you prepare yourself, leading up to the beginning of filming to be Cinderella?

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]First of all I started horse riding lessons ‘cause I’d never ridden before. When I first met Ken early on after he cast me he was like, ‘so, how do you feel about horse riding?’ and I was like, ‘[GASP]great.’  So I start–, and I had to bare back as well so I was going, every time, every second I wasn’t filming Downton, I was at this farm learning to ride.  Then I did yoga, to sort of try and feel in my body and be graceful and breathe properly. That was physically, and then I was just working on the script and the back-story.  When I met with Ken as well, he was like, ‘I want to know, does Ella sleep with the blinds open or closed, what does she dream about, you know, what’s her favorite food.’  He wanted to know, for me to know all those details so that I could sort of just exist on set being her, you know.[/ebs_well]

What would you tell young girls today that your character Cinderella, how is it relevant to them?  What is the message that Cinderella has for them today? ‘Cause it is a bit of an old fashioned, some would say, out of date message.

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]With our film, was being really faithful to the fairytale. This is a girl that’s not sitting around waiting for a prince to come and save her. That she’s got this unbelievable strength and it doesn’t come from fighting or from what happens to her, it comes from within. And the strength is her courage and her kindness and that, if she has that, she can, in a way, deal with, as best she can what life throws at her.

By being this person that, you know she’s being the best version of herself. And with such an open heart when she does meet the prince not knowing who he is, he falls for her because she’s a strong, powerful, you know, beautiful from within woman. That’s the idea.[/ebs_well] Can you tell us about, like your experience with the dress? I’m obsessed with the dress. Can you tell us about, you know, how you felt when you first saw it, you tried it on, what it was like?

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]The dress is insane. When I first put it on, There’s a scene from Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts where she puts this dress on and she looks in the mirror and, I think Richard Gere is looking really handsome somewhere and she just goes like swoosh, swoosh. She makes this sound and I put it on and I felt like Julia Roberts, it was just the best feeling ever. I was so nervous about this bit of the movie ‘cause it’s the bit where she’s the princess. It’s like the moment, you know, and, and I think, ‘how can anyone live up to that?’

Really, you know, it’s this fairy tale, it’s this sort of thing that’s very far removed from me. And then I put on that gown and I just felt transformed and it felt like a suit of honor. It was really hard to wear and it was incredibly tight and incredibly, it had a life of its own basically. [/ebs_well]

Was the dress heavy?

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]  Yeah, it was really heavy. It was like crazy heavy and it pulled down on my waist and it took about twenty minutes to get in and twenty minutes to get out. It was like, it was kind of cool because it was almost like a ritual every morning. I’d have my dress I would, we’d start from the very bottom and slowly it would take a bit of time, we’d have some music on. But, the only thing was if I needed to toilet. You’re always so rushed when you’re filming so it would be like a forty minute break, so the crew would be like, ‘god, where’s Lily?’ [/ebs_well]

So, next to the dress you think about the glass slipper. How was that? Were they comfortable? Were they really made out of glass? 

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How did you feel during the dancing?  Did it feel like you were really at a ball?

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]  Yeah, it, the dance switched from being the most, sort of beautiful, romantic moment of my life, actually and to being one of the most stressful and hardest. Because the dress was so heavy and there was all these, and it, it ripped by basically if Richard looked at it, it ripped, it was so delicate. We learned the dance we were getting really smart, we’d been doing it for months at Pinewood studios in London with this incredible choreographer. Then suddenly they were like, ‘okay, the dress’ and I just, like, almost fainted, I thought, ‘the dress, of course, how are we gonna do this in the dress?’

And, Ken didn’t say it but he let it run right ‘til the end of the whole, like where we run out of the ballroom. Because we didn’t know who was gonna stop or not, and it was these big wides, and we just, and then we did it, and then we didn’t do it wrong. And everyone was watching, Cate Blanchett was there, it was like, my heart, it just, it was, me and Richard were just giggling ‘cause we were feeling so. It was really, it was lovely, it was such a special moment, And then, these like big burly guys in the crew would like come over with tears in their eyes and we were like, ‘guys, come on stop.’[/ebs_well]

What was the most emotionally difficult scene to shoot?

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]  The stuff at the start was hard and even the stuff watching with the younger me.  And last night, one of the little girls came up to me at the end and she was like, ‘it’s so sad, both your parents died.’  And I was like, ‘I’ve got the mice and the prince.’  Those scenes were really hard, and the scene where the farmer comes and tells me the news, it was.  And there was a bit in shooting when I felt like I was crying all the time. [/ebs_well]

And the dress that you were in the wedding dress, in the end, was amazing.

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]That was Sandy Powell. It’s all Sandy Powell. She’s amazing and I felt so sad that it was only in the film for like thirty seconds. I was like, ‘Ken, you’ve gotta shoot it from the back, you’ve gotta shoot it from the back.’ ‘Cause the flowers were hand painted and, you know, the detail that goes into these dresses.

We did the hair like how Cinderella in the animation wears it at the ball, so that was a kind of like little echo. I was doing a sort of photo shoot in it one day when we were so busy and I rushed in and we did the photos. I rushed in, I was so cold and I was walking past this heater and my skirt caught on fire. And I didn’t care about myself I was like, ‘the skirt!’ and it was all hand painted flowers and they had to redo, like a whole section of the skirt.

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CINDERELLA

Cinderella will be in theaters March 13, 2015

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Exclusive Interview With Cate Blanchett- The Wicked Stepmother “Lady Tremaine” #CinderellaEvent

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”15277″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]I remember many, many years ago sitting in a movie theater watching “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” and this gorgeous, I mean amazingly gorgeous elf popped up on the screen. I couldn’t believe how stunningly gorgeous she was and that is when my fascination with Cate Blanchett started. That totally made me look like a stalker, didn’t it?[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”About Cate Blanchett” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” border_width=”2″][vc_single_image image=”15278″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Cate Blanchett has starred in many roles, including all of the Lord of the Rings movies, as well as The Hobbit movies. One of my other favorites with her in it is “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, also starring Brad Pitt. Cate was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on May 14th 1969. Her mother was a teacher and her father was an ad exec. She also has an older brother and a younger sister.

She graduated from the Australia’s National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992 and went on to star in many roles, including a few TV Series. She has won two Oscar’s and 3 Golden Globes.

In 1997 she married Andrew Upton and they have 4 children together. Just recently they adopted a baby girl.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Cate Blanchett- The Wicked Stepmother “Lady Tremaine“” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey”][vc_single_image image=”15281″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]We had watched Cinderella before our interviews and I have to say that Cate Blanchett played a great Wicked Stepmother. But to be honest, maybe because I am older, I didn’t know whether to hate her or feel sorry for her. Sometimes life can make you a very bitter person and that can make you mean.

Without giving too much away I can say that she played the role well and while I may not have known how to feel, I do know there were a couple of times I wanted to slap her.

I was amazed at how a demeanor and costumes can truly transform someone. In Lord of the Rings Cate was stunningly gorgeous. Full of light, beauty, and purity. In Cinderella she looked bitter, hard, and well, evil. In parts I had to remind myself this was the same person. She played the role well and after meeting her, I couldn’t believe this was the same person I just saw on screen. She was definitely a far cry from the older, graying evil stepmother in the original Cinderella animation.

Cinderella has been redone a thousand ways but I believe Cate Blanchett was the best Wicked Stepmother yet. I think when you see the movie you will agree.

[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Interview With Cate Blanchett” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]When Cate walked into the room it was like the sun had come in. I know that sounds super cheesy but it was true. Her smile lit the room up and she was so laid back. She smiled, carried in her cup of tea, and looked fashionably put together in a casual way. If I could put my clothes together that well and still look approachable I would say my life was complete. She immediately made us laugh and put us at ease with a couple of funny good morning’s. It is always so awesome when a talent does that because that means the interview is going to flow pretty smoothly because we are comfortable and so are they.

Did you go after this role?

Yes, like a rabid dog, and I didn’t get the Cinderella role, though I had so many friends who- they asked me what I was doing in the summer, and I said, oh, I’m in a live-action version of Cinderella, and there was a big kind of awkward pause.  And they didn’t quite know how to ask me, are you a little old to be playing Cinderella?  Yeah.  A bit Bette Davis, so yes.  It sort of landed in my lap, actually.

I was very lucky, and when Sandy Powell and Dante Ferretti were on board, and they’re, you know, two of the greats. They’ve created such extraordinary visuals in modern cinema. Then Ken Branagh came on board who’s so fantastic with actors and with language, so it was kind of a perfect, a perfect storm.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”dotted” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]What’s your favorite scene?

Cate BlanchettOoh, well, I think the chemistry between Lily and Richard is palpable, and I wept like a baby, completely inappropriately and out of character when they waltzed for the first time.  The, the music is beautiful, but also it was a real- it was really big feat because Lily was cinched in so tightly, and that dress was like an armored tank, and he was in seven hundred layers of wool, and the dance was really athletic, and they acted like a dream.  And the chemistry was, palpable, and I just, I wept because it was beautiful to watch.

I think maybe being the, the mother of sons, I found it very, very moving, and every time I see it, I do- I’m a bit of a- I do cry a lot.  I love the scene between, Derek Jacobi as  the king, and Richard Madden as the prince.  You know, because that’s the wonderful thing about the film, I think is that, you know, we try and shield our, our children from moments of grief and, and I know it from, having lost a parent at the age of, of ten. (side note- Cate’s father died when she was 10 years old.)

I thought, for him as a man to be curled up like a young boy, you know, and I’ve had a lot of friends recently lose a parent, and whether you’re eighty or eight and you lose a parent, you- you’re always the child, and so I find that scene very moving.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”dotted” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]How much fun was it to play a Disney villain?

There’s a lot of great Disney villains, and a lot of them are women and they always have fabulous frocks and fabulous hairdos, and so it was an enormous amount of fun.  You know, the wonderful message in the film, of course, is to have courage and to be kind.  You know, kindness is a super power, and we try to teach our children, you know, you share, you be respectful, you be generous, you be thoughtful, put yourself in someone else’s shoes, and to play someone who can’t play someone who can’t do any of those things, you know, to have that as your avatar during the day was quite fun.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”dotted” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]How did you prepare for your role?  

Often on film, we don’t get a lot of rehearsal time.  We got a little bit time with Ken on the script.  Actors come in at various different times, and so for me, the most creative two parts of the process early on are your costume fittings.

We get to try things out because before you even utter a syllable, um, what you wear- I mean, we do it, we do this on a daily basis.  We form unconscious judgments of people,you know, the way they smell, by the way- what they choose to wear; how you choose to present yourself, you know, it’s a big part of who we are, and particularly on film because it’s so visual, obviously. Once I knew what those silhouettes were, I knew which bits I didn’t have to act because the costume was revealing those things.

 You could play against it. So that was an incredible amount of fun and then obviously, it gives you a sense of how the character might move, and you try those things out because the camera’s not rolling- no one’s looking at you, and the other thing I find very creative is the camera tests.  Because obviously the cinematographer and the director are looking for lighting effects and how will it affect on your skin or the hair- with wig color.  They’re not looking at you, and I always like to see the camera tests because you can try things out.  You can f*ck things up, and think, oh, I won’t do that. So that was a big part of the preparation.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”dotted” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]Did you have any input on what you wore, and what was your favorite look of that you wore?

Oh, gosh, yes, it’s been a Sophie’s Choice moment isn’t it? I mean, Sandy’s got very, very strong ideas.  I mean, that’s what makes her Sandy Powell.  But we talked really early on.  We started emailing, each other pictures that we found inspiring, you know, lighting references, hat references, drapes, fabrics, um, and we sort of- we found this pool of images that we were both drawn to and the big offers that Sandy began to make, which I found really exciting is when she pulled out the color swatches.

Okay, we’re going for chartreuse, we’re going for green, we’re going for hot pink, and we’re gonna mix them all together.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Your favorites?

My favorite, well, there was a lot of green- my school uniform was green, so I tend not to wear a lot of green in everyday life, and I call that dress that I wore at the ball, the gherkin, that was my least favorite, but everyone seems to like that one. 

I like the blue one.  There’s a scene where the stepmother goes to see the archduke, and yeah, the poppy gloves and a blue hat.  It was sort of, I think for memory, it had a bird on it.  I mean, the detail in Sandy’s costumes are just extraordinary.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”dotted” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]You just spoke about trying things out on the camera test.  How much input did you have- the script or anything?

A lot.  I mean, I think there’s a sense that actors are sort of puppets that get moved around, I’m always interested in input.  My husband’s a writer, you know, and I come from the theater, so I have a great respect for the script, and often times, you know, the line that you want to change is the line that you need to make work, and that once you make that line work, then you’ve actually- you’ve shifted from yourself, the line you find hardest to say.

It’s actually- so without getting too kind of complex, it’s quite a difficult neurolinguisic process to actually make someone else’s words sound like they’re your own.  And so the one I find that you may find most difficult to make your own is often the one that will unlock the character. But it was really important to me, and it wasn’t the case when I first read the script that Cinderella had the final line of the film.  And, I said to Ken, so it’s a really great message.  She comes in and says, well, I’m not gonna be rescued. 

If this relationship is gonna work, he has to accept me for who I am, which I think is wonderful for young girls to say.  I think it’s fantastic.  And then there was a line at the end where he said, shall we go, and she didn’t say anything.  And I thought, it’s not his story- it’s her story.  And so then they- we added in this sense of forgiveness.  I forgive you, and I, I feel, I feel like that’s a wonderful kind of conclusion to her, to her, her super power.  Ella – she has an incredibly generous spirit and she also closes out the film which I think is great.[/vc_column_text][vc_separator color=”grey” align=”align_center” style=”dotted” border_width=”2″][vc_column_text]Your laugh in the movie, I found that very iconic. Where did you draw the inspiration for that laugh?

Cate BlanchettWell, I was mucking around with  a friend of mine on set and, um, we were talking what makes people ugly.  And,I said, it’s interesting, you can go out with somebody and think, oh my gosh, you’re so attractive, and then he or she eats, and you think, oh my god, you’re a pig.  Or, someone is amazing and you think, your politics are reprehensible, or you know, there’s something about them will give them away, and I said- and we were talking about dirty laughs. And, and so I just did it, and she laughed, and then we were at the gambling scene, I think, and I, I laughed, and Ken’s face was so revolted.  He was really worried.  He said, you’re not gonna do that, are you?  And I said, oh yes I am,  so I think his reaction made me wanna keep it.  And it was a way where, you know, she’s, she’s got exquisite dresses, perfect makeup, and then she opens her mouth and that comes out.  And so I thought that that was a bit of a red flag about what was to come.

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Cinderella will be in theaters March 13, 2015

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Cinderella Red Carpet Premiere at El Capitan Theatre #CinderellaEvent

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I thought about my Mother-In-Law and how proud she would have been for me. How if it wasn’t for her I would have never met Cinderella. I thought about her telling me how much she enjoyed seeing me enjoy Disney World and I made the trip a joy for her. I missed her. I may have even cried a little bit, but I won’t say either way.

Pushing the sadness away I got dressed and then Skyped my Mom and my girls. Soon laughter ensued and they gushed over how pretty I looked and then I missed them too but was so excited about what was coming. I took one last look at the view and was sad that it was raining but nothing could have dampened my happiness. Not even rain.[/vc_column_text][vc_text_separator title=”Cinderella Red Carpet Premeire” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” style=”dashed”][vc_single_image image=”15238″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Walking a red carpet is crazy. There are flashes going off every where, security is telling everyone to move along, and you are just trying to enjoy the moment because you don’t know if you will ever get another one. Celebrities are everywhere and the paps are screaming their name. I attended a red carpet for the Muppets but let me tell you, it was nothing compared to the Cinderella one. I have never seen something so amazing in my life. I knew there was no way I was going to be able to convey what it was like in words, so here is a little video. I would have loved it to be longer but everyone was rushing by.

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]See how crazy it is? But in a good way. The energy is just amazing! You can’t help but be happy and excited when you are walking. Of course I almost got so into everything I forgot pics. Yes, I am as crazy as the red carpet! Thankfully I was able to grab someone to snap a quick pic of me 🙂

[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”15236″ border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Of course it wouldn’t be a party without the stars of the movie! Trust me they were out in all of their Cinderella glory, looking beautiful and regal!

Cinderella – Lily James

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Prince Charming- Richard Madden

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Cate Blanchett- Evil Stepmother

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Stepsisters- Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera

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And!! You know you are having the party of the year when Grumpy Cat shows up! She was looking very regal and Disney like!
Cinderella-GrumpyCat-Cinderella-Red-Carpet[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Cinderella Red Carpet Party” title_align=”separator_align_center” align=”align_center” color=”grey” style=”dashed”][vc_single_image image=”15245″ alignment=”center” border_color=”grey” img_link_large=”” img_link_target=”_self” img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Of course no red carpet is complete without a party and what a party it was! The Royal Ball was perfect in every way! I received my ticket to attend the movie premiere:

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There was even Herald’s that blew their trumpets when people entered! That was so super cool!
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It was so crazy inside that I tried to do a video but only got about 10 seconds because of the noise level. I wish it was longer but this will give you a good idea of what it was like!

I met another girl at the party and she showed me the red carpet behind the rope and I got some cool pics of Disney stars and yes, that is Willow Sheilds from Hunger Games and Peyton Meyer from Girl Meets World.

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A blogger friend found an interview Ms. Sheilds was doing and you can see me in the corner!
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You can see the video in it’s entirety HERE.

I try to be super polite and not bother the celebrities even if I see them. But when I saw Lou Diamond Philips eating I had to snap a pic for my Dad! He is a big fan!

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Cinderella will be in theaters everywhere March 13th 2015!

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Photos of Lily James, Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera © ABImages

All other images and gold frame are © Bobbie Seacrist

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Pre-Premiere Reception Hosted by JCPenney At The El Capitan Theatre #JCPCinderellaMoment #CinderellaEvent

Like I said in my last post, JCPenney wasn’t finished with us yet! We were invited to a Pre-Premiere Reception at the El Capitan Theatre and it was amazing! It was raining but that didn’t stop us princesses from having a good time! I have to say the stylist was right. The clutch and blingy bracelet really did complete my look!

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I really did feel like Cinderella! We braved the rain and headed over to the event. Of course we had to stop and take a picture on the Oscars staircase.

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Aren’t we all gorgeous? After our pic we made our way to the El Capitan Theatre which wasn’t very fun. It was pouring and my shoes were getting soaked. That didn’t stop me from being super excited though. Finally we made it and rushed inside. I took a quick selfie:

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And then followed everyone around the corner and OMG. There it was! THE dress. Oh my, it was so pretty in person. It is the dress that most little girls dreams are made of. I could have stared at it all day if I could have. I did let myself dream a little bit and imagined myself wearing it. I was quite a bit younger, skinnier, and taller but I looked amazing!

 

 

JCPenney Sponsors The World Premiere Of Disney's "Cinderella"
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They also had some other props from the movie and it was so much fun to look at everything and then be able to remember it when you watched the movie! The attention to detail was mind boggling.

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Of course the Glass Slipper was there also but unfortunately my pic got corrupted. So I only have this selfie I took with it, but trust me, it was amazing in person! I have never, ever, seen that much sparkle before!

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After we spent some time upstairs with THE dress we were whisked away to the pre-party. Before we entered the room we got a peek at some of the items JCPenney has created for Cinderella. I loved the little girl glass slippers. I wanted to be little so I could wear them!

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Inside the party we were able to see the outfits worn by the Evil Stepmother, Ugly Stepsisters, and the Fairy Godmother. Take a guess which one was my favorite!

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Of course no party isn’t complete without a pic with good friends!

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Photo © Trippin’ With Tara

 

 

I just can’t thank JCPenney enough for such a wonderful day! It is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Don’t forget to take a look at their Cinderella goodies and bring some of the movie magic home!

p style=”text-align: center;”>Cinderella will be in theaters March 13, 2015

For More Information:

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Trailer:

All photos are © Bobbie D. Seacrist unless otherwise stated.