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JUSTJARED – Lily James and Richard Madden channel their inner Cinderella and Prince Charming in these new JustJared.com exclusive portrait session pictures.
The perfect pair star in the new live-action re-telling of the classic fairytale Cinderella, in theaters tomorrow! The movie is on track to have an amazing weekend at the box office, due in part to its stellar cast, which also includes Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, and more.
Lily spoke about taking on the iconic role of Cinderella.
“Well obviously every girl wants to be a princess…the idea is just so magical. But on top of that, it’s a dream role because Cinderella is so special and kind and unique. Plus, we have a great opportunity to create a whole life beyond the fairytale, which is already so beautiful as it is, but making it richer and giving each character their own specific back stories,” Lily said. “And I liked the fact that Ken Branagh wanted to keep it light and magical, much like a fairytale.”
Richard commented on what he hopes audiences walk away with after seeing the film.
“I think the element of strength from unity is something audiences will definitely respond to. This is a story about two people coming together who actually bring out the best in one another, and from that love comes strength. Hopefully audiences will leave the theater understanding just how powerful love is,” Richard said.
THE CANADIAN PRESS – “Cinderella” star Lily James says she was “profoundly” moved by the film’s message to “have courage and be kind.” With the topic of bullying making headlines in recent months, James says the cast and the crew felt the film would speak to the issue.
“I remember reading it in the script and being really moved, and then when you hear it echoed throughout the film it would make me cry,” she said in an interview Thursday. “I think ‘Have courage, be kind and all will be well,’ there’s a sort of grounding to it and a reality to it as well. I found playing her quite inspiring, and the fact that if you can live like that, actually you can find joy just from within.”
James plays the title character in Disney’s new live-action reimagining of the classic tale of a downtrodden young woman who overcomes maltreatment from her evil stepmother and stepsisters — thanks to a little magic and a monarch. Chris Weitz (“About a Boy”) wrote the script.
Five-time Oscar-nominated star Kenneth Branagh directed the cast, which includes Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmom, Helena Bonham Carter as the fairy godmother and Richard Madden as the prince. James, who’s known for playing rebellious Lady Rose on “Downton Abbey,” said she had to take horseback riding lessons for the role.
Branagh also encouraged her to read books by Indian independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi and watch films including “Amelie” and “Annie Hall.” “He wanted her strength and her goodness to be something real, and so to look at people that have that kind of strength and courage,” she said.Continue Reading
I have updated the gallery with a new photoshoot of Lily and Richard for AOL Build. They look amazing!
Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 049
Lily and Richard posed for People Magazine, giving us another beautiful photoshoot. You can watch the behind the scenes video and interview below. I will try to add the scans as soon as possible. Enjoy!
She plays the radiant blond princess in Disney’s new Cinderella live-action remake. But Lily James is a big fan of some other royals as well.
The 25-year-old star chatted about her favorite prince and princess and what makes her feel like royalty at a shoot for PEOPLE’s new issue alongside her on-screen Prince Charming, Richard Madden, 28.
“Sadly, I’ve never met Princess Kate,” she admitted. But she has found a fan in the duchess’s husband, Prince William. “I have met Will. I was at a charity event and he said hello,” she recalled about her royal run-in. “I think he said something to do with [Downton Abbey] … he likes [the show]!” (James plays Lady Rose MacClare in the period drama.)
The British actress also dished on her favorite Disney dame: Belle from Beauty and the Beast. “As a kid I had long brown hair. And I think you always side with the princess that you think that maybe you could look like,” she said.
Her day-to-day life may not be studded with ball gowns, glass slippers and princes on horseback, but James finds that it’s the little things in life that keep her feeling like she still has some of that Cinderella magic. “I think I feel most like a princess when I’m sort of bursting with happiness and love. So whether that would be, like, with my boyfriend or my family, or … at a really fun party,” said James, who is dating actor Matt Smith. “When you’re just full – you’re full of life.”
Last night (March 11), Lily looked chic in a Dior dress at the Toronto premiere of ‘Cinderella’. I have added high quality pictures from the event and more will probably be added later. Make sure to check them out!
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