COVER MEDIA – Lily James thinks Cate Blanchett is “everything you want her to be and more”.

The 25-year-old actress stars alongside the screen icon in upcoming movie Cinderella, in which Lily takes on the title role.

She rose to prominence in period drama Downton Abbey and feels the TV show helped set her up for the big part in the real-life Disney remake.

“[Cate is] amazing. She is the coolest woman. [Downton] has so prepared me because, had I not squared up to Maggie Smith, I think that it would have been even more intimidating,” Lily laughed to British magazine Look. “I went straight from Downton Abbey with a weekend off, so I was in a groove. Cate is everything you want her to be and more. She’s the most amazing woman and the most incredible actress.”

This feature will mark Lily’s biggest to date, and means she will be recognized a lot more following its release. But the brunette beauty isn’t worried about the rise in attention and hopes it won’t alter her everyday routine dramatically.

“I don’t really know how much you can prepare for something like that because I feel that it won’t change my life that much. Around the time of the film, it might be a big deal, but after that, I think it will go back to normal,” she added. “I don’t think I am very recognizable, which is probably a purposeful decision because I’m not very good at it. I find it unnerving when someone comes up and knows me and then I feel like I’m being mean because I’m shocked.”


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