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.

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? 

[ebs_well type=”well-lg”]They were really made out of Swarovski crystals, so, even more amazing. They’re so beautiful but, sadly, I hate saying this, but, they don’t fit any human foot.  So, I’m glad it’s no foot, just not mine, if it was just my foot it didn’t fit I’d feel really un-Cinderella-y.  But um, yes, the prince is still looking for his princess. [/ebs_well]

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 will be in theaters March 13, 2015

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Bobbie is a handbag addict who has a passion for product reviews, tech, and food. Her first loves are her daughters, Dakotah and Alianna. Her second loves are bacon and coffee. Lots of bacon and coffee.