Lily posed for another session of portraits to promote ‘Cinderella’ in Toronto.

Studio Photoshoots > Portraits & Press Conferences > 2015: ‘Cinderella’ Portraits #2

USA TODAY – Here’s a fairy tale: Once upon a time, a spirit animal known to mortals as Cate Blanchett sits next to a newly anointed Cinderella (Lily James) under the bright lights of a ballroom. Tea service appears, like magic.

Suddenly, a discussion bubbles up from the cauldron: How does one build a career in Hollywood, the sort that can be held aloft for other girls, in a land where micro-sized outfits and male studio heads guard the gate to opportunity?

Blanchett considers. “I’m fortunate to have an old-fashioned agent,” says the actress, who revamps the evil stepmother in Disney’s new live-action Cinderella (in theaters Friday). She follows the role with that of a closeted lesbian in the anticipated 1950s drama Carol, and then journalist Mary Mapes in Truth, an upcoming film about Dan Rather’s final days at CBS.

“There are very few (agents) interested in building a career. But also you get talked to — as an actor, I imagine, but particularly as an actress — (as if) you are a puppet. And you get told what to do,” says Blanchett, 45. “You’re sort of sold this idea that you have no agency within your career. You don’t build a career yourself, you don’t make choices. And I think your career is built out of what you say no to as much as what you say yes to.”

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Thanks to Emily, I have been able to add high quality scans of Lily and Richard in the March 23 issue of People magazine.

Magazine Scans > 2015 > People (March 23)

Studio Photoshoots > Outtakes & Sessions > Session 051

JUSTJARED – Lily James and Richard Madden channel their inner Cinderella and Prince Charming in these new 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.

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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