COLLIDER – At a time when fairy tales on the big screen are getting darker and more edgy, the timeless classic Cinderella show that kindness and courage can win out over all, and that maybe a princess has enough inner strength that she doesn’t need a prince to save her and make her dreams come true. This live-action retelling focuses on the beautiful young Ella (Lily James) whose idyllic life comes crashing down when her merchant father remarries following the tragic death of her mother, and her new Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) brings her own daughters into the family home, quickly turning into quite the jealous and cruel bunch. When Ella meets the dashing Kit in the woods, unaware that he is really the Prince (Richard Madden) and not merely an apprentice, she believes she has finally found a kindred spirit and hopes they will cross paths again, perhaps at the royal ball.

During a roundtable interview at the film’s press day, actress Lily James talked about how much she loved princesses growing up, how amazing it is to play a character who’s the best version of herself, at all times, just how difficult it was to do the choreography for the ball while she was in that dress, studying the animated film for inspiration on the physicality, enduring a corset, her experience working with Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter, collaborating with director Kenneth Branagh, and her hope that this next season won’t be the last one for Downton Abbey, in which she plays Lady Rose MacClare.

Question: Was it a childhood dream for you to play a princess?
LILY JAMES: I loved princesses! I had a Princess Jasmine outfit that my grandma made me, which was see-through and a bit weird for a seven-year-old, and I had like little plastic princess slippers. I really, really loved the princesses, growing up. I was definitely one of those girls. But then, I had two brothers that kept knocking me off my pedestal a bit, thank god. But I hadn’t carried that with me through life. I didn’t still want to be a princess. I originally auditioned for one of the step sisters. Once I started reading Ella and being her, I was totally desperate to play her.

How do you like the whole philosophy of kindness and courage? Do you feel like you have those qualities in life?
JAMES: I hope so. I think we all do. I think we have to, to get through life, which can throw us off. I think what’s amazing about Ella is that she’s the best version of herself, at all times. That’s what remarkable about her.

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While talking with Julia Cunningham on News & Notes about their new movie Cinderella, Lily James and Richard Madden filled us in on what their next project together will be.

Listen to “News & Notes” on Entertainment Weekly Radio, weekdays 3PM ET on SiriusXM channel 105.


I have updated the gallery with more photos of Lily outside the “Late Show with David Letterman” studio and I replaced the stills with high quality pictures. Thanks to Sam for some of them!

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Lily and Richard are still very busy with the promotion of ‘Cinderella’ and today (March 10), they visited SiriusXM Studios in New York City.

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I have added high quality pictures of Lily during her visit on “Good Morning America” on March 10, 2015 in New York City.

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Magazine scans

Lily graces the cover of GIRLZ Netherlands magazine for their latest issue. I will try to add the scans as soon as possible but if you can have them, please do not hesitate to send them here, full credit will be given, thank you!


COUPONERS UNITED – Have you ever dreamed of being Cinderella?
Not just putting on the dress and the shoes, but actually BE Cinderella? The dress, the shoes, the prince, the castle, the pumpkin, the love, the loss, all of it? We had the chance to speak with Cinderella herself. Lily James IS Cinderella in the new Cinderella Movie. She tells us what it’s like to be every little girls dream!

Let me start by saying that Lily James is even more beautiful in person than she is on screen. Flawless skin, perfect hair, and all the grace and elegance you’d expect from Cinderella. She entered the room with such grace and gave us all a warm welcome!

Question: What was your initial reaction when you found out you got the role of Cinderella?
“Ken rang me himself and I screamed so loudly I’m sure I burst his eardrum. He said “I’d like you–, I want you to be my Cinderella.” And I just, my heart, I was on set 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.”

QUESTION: Can you tell us about how you felt when you first saw it (the dress), you tried it on, what it was like?
“The dress is insane. When I first put it on, there’s a scene from Runaway Bride with Julia Roberts where she looks, 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 the, it’s like the moment, 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. But, it was really hard to wear and it was incredibly tight and incredibly, it had a life of it’s own basically.”

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