Lily is on the cover of the October issue of ELLE (UK) magazine featuring a stunning new photoshoot! She talks about her Burberry campaign, what it means to be sexy, insecurities, the kind of roles she likes to play in the future and much more. Outtakes and high quality scans can now be found in our gallery, enjoy!
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Magazine Scans > 2016 > Elle UK (October)
ELLE – British actress Lily James is ELLE’s October cover star. In an exclusive interview Lily talks candidly about tackling more challenging roles next, what makes her sexy, and partying with boyfriend Matt Smith.
For the cover shoot with Lily, ELLE gained exclusive access to Burberry’s highly anticipated see-now-buy-now collection, that showcased on the catwalk in London last night.
‘Maybe I should be a b***h now…’ Lily told us on her plans to take tougher roles next. ‘I’m so much more than those roles. I can be challenging too and not always sunny in the way people might expect. I’m not afraid to insult people, not purposefully, but to have strength of conviction and trust myself’.
Talking about her boyfriend, and fellow actor, Matt Smith, Lily added, ‘I love dancing but I don’t do it very much now unless I’m drunk. Me and Matt have been known to dance on a table…’ Later adding, ‘I can be quite a solitary person and I need to be alone quite a lot. Or with Matt.’
The 27-year-old actress who was recently revealed as the new face of the Burberry Black fragrance said of the campaign, ‘The pictures are very sensual and seductive, and people are a bit shocked to think I would do that, based on the period roles I’ve played. It just felt natural. And it’s nice to explore different sides of yourself. I just felt really confident and sexy. I think you’re at your sexiest when you’re at your most free and uninhibited and bold. Power is sexy. So is being open and innocent and vulnerable. But trying too hard is not sexy. Or thinking about it too much. I’ve got drawers of sexy underwear which I probably never wear because I’m much sexier when I’m not trying.’
She believes there are still many battles in her industry’s fight for gender equality. ‘The brilliant thing is that it is now being addressed so openly. Emma Watson, Jennifer Lawrence, Lena Dunham are all so inspiring and I feel totally swept up in the movement, even though I haven’t had a pay gap experience in the same way as them due to doing different type of work. But we all need to join together from the smallest jobs to big blockbuster movies.’
Last evening (September 19), Lily was spotted at the Burberry Spring/Summer 2017 Show with Cara Delevingne, Jenna Coleman, Felicity Jones and Nicholas Hoult during the London Fashion Week. Many photos from the event have been added to our gallery, make sure to check them out!
Public Appearances > 2016 > London Fashion Week – Burberry S/S 2017 Show
Lily James has joined forces with renowned British photographer and film maker Greg Williams, to be part of a series of poignant films for Stand Up To Cancer to demonstrate the statistic that 1 in 2 people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime.
Stand Up To Cancer’s work funds translational research that takes developments in the lab and transforms them into new tests and treatments for cancer patients right here in the UK.
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In 2015, Lily was best known for portraying one of the most iconic fairytale princesses in the live-action of ‘Cinderella’ among other talents such as Richard Madden, Cate Blanchett, Holliday Grainger and Derek Jacobi. Blu-ray screencaptures have been finally added to the gallery, make sure to grab your own copy!
Film Productions > Cinderella (2015) > Blu-Ray Screencaptures
Following the premiere of ‘The Exception’ alongside Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer and director David Leveaux, Lily has posed for a portrait session in Burberry during the Toronto Film Festival.
Lily attended the premiere of her upcoming film The Exception during the Toronto Film Festival. She looked so beautiful, be sure to check out the gallery for photos! More will be added tomorrow!
Public Appearances > 2016 > Toronto Film Festival – ‘The Exception’ Premiere
PRESTIGE – Lily James is having a moment right now. Even if you’ve somehow missed the phenomenon that is Downton Abbey, you would have to have been living under a rock this past year to miss the buzz surrounding this young actress. From the controversy over her tiny waist in Cinderella, to her beautiful portrayal of Natasha Rostov in the critically acclaimed BBC adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s literary classic War and Peace, to her budding romance with fellow Brit actor Matt Smith, aka Doctor Who, it seems hardly a week goes by when she isn’t making headlines.
When we meet, she’s in the middle of a four-month stint on stage in London’s West End, taking on yet another iconic role: the female lead in Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Richard Madden – best known as Game of Thrones’ Robb Stark – plays Romeo to her Juliet, and Kenneth Branagh steps out as director. Having worked with both men on Cinderella, it’s a familiar crowd for James, which one can’t help but hope takes the pressure off somewhat, as she seems to be one of the busiest people in showbiz. Several projects are either in process or about to be released, War & Peace has just finished airing, she’s on stage eight times a week for four months, and she’s just been announced as the new face of Burberry’s fragrances. It’s a wonder she finds time for a personal life, but then again dating a Time Lord must have its benefits.
Not that she’s complaining. Despite being on voice rest (she sings in Romeo & Juliet, as with many of her other roles), any fears of a quiet interview and quick answers are allayed within a few minutes of meeting her. Warm and chatty, she makes it easy to forget she’s a serious rising star. Her speech is peppered with laughter, a chuckle that verges on the dirty, but with an undercurrent of nervousness that makes it truly endearing. She has a habit of wistfully repeating questions after they’re asked, as if she’s really invested in giving the best possible answer.
As the new face of Burberry fragrances – and the spokesperson for the newly launched My Burberry Black – she’s following in the footsteps of British style icons Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss. Though James differs in a lot of ways from her predecessors, she also represents many of the same things that Moss and Delevingne do, in particular an authenticity that resonates with women. “They’re both genuine people and they’re very real,” says James, “and I’d hope that would be true of myself.” Added to this is a sense of humour, which James sees as inherently British. “I feel there’s a sensibility of getting on with stuff and taking the piss out of stuff,” she says of fellow Brits. “It makes me happy.”
As chief creative officer of Burberry, Christopher Bailey has been on a mission to seek out the best emerging talent from the UK, and has proved time and again that he has the eye for it, as James is quick to point out. “I really respect [Christopher] … He has an eye for talent and I felt really honoured considering the people who have been a part of the brand, you know: Felicity Jones, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne … the list is endless.
PEOPLE – Lily James loves all things beauty and fashion.
The Downton Abbey actress, 27, became a total red carpet darling when she went on her global press tour for Cinderella last year, and has kept up an interest in fashion and beauty ever since. This month, she was even named the face of Burberry’s new My Burberry Black fragrance (for which she posed topless in the campaign).
So when we caught up with her to chat before the Burberry launch, we had to wonder, what has she totally fallen hard for now that she’s, well, in it?
Scroll down to see her top five obsessions.
1. Carrying lipstick everywhere.
“In my bag right now, I have my lip gloss and about four Chapsticks,” she tells us. “In my normal handbags, I usually have quite a few lipsticks. They sort of mound up. My Chapsticks are regular, and my go-to lipsticks are the Burberry Kisses lipsticks, which I truly love. I’m really into that nude tone that’s quite mellow and effortless.”
2. A good contour stick.
“Because I have quite a round face, I love to accentuate my cheekbones as much as possible,” she explains. “So I use a lot of contour sticks. I also like to look quite natural, so I like foundation and a little shading and some blush to make you feel like you just crawled out of bed but not too heavy.”
3. Keira Knightley’s look.
“She has such a strong structure for her face,” says James, “I can’t stop looking at her face!”
4. Her Berlin Film Festival Dior gown.
“I loved one of my first red carpets, when I did the Berlin Film Festival,” says the star. “I wore this pink Dior dress, and that was my first fashion moment. From never wearing certain clothes to be able to transform in that way was really exciting.”
“I love a pair of Spanx,” admits James. “I don’t go too extreme. I know there are some crazy contraptions that people wear now but a good ol’ fashion pair of Spanx never goes amiss, but it’s not for everyday wear.”