YAHOO – Lily James has revealed how she is looking to play more contemporary roles, where she can wear jeans and T-shirts.

The 26-year-old actress, who played Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s live-action remake and Lady Rose MacClare in ITV’s period drama Downton Abbey, will next star in BBC One’s War And Peace as Natasha Rostova.

But she admitted she is looking for a more modern part, saying: “I just want to feel really challenged, and push myself so I think the best way of doing that is by doing something completely different. I’ve done with period for a while, I think.

“But if the right director comes knocking you’ll do anything,” she continued, adding: “I’m saying jeans, no bra, T-shirt and a cigarette (is) much more like me.”

Paul Dano, James Norton, Jim Broadbent and Gillian Anderson will also star in the BBC’s small-screen adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s novel, which is expected to air on screens later this year.

Lily said: “It’s going really well. The director, Tom Harper, is amazing. It’s a beautiful adaptation and I’m really excited about it and it’s a really interesting character, such darkness.

“The character’s amazing and the journey she goes on, it’s quite a weird mental shift, to have gone from Canada promoting Cinderella to Lithuania being Natasha. It has been a really weird sensation for my mind. I feel a bit schizophrenic.”

Of her co-star James, the actress said: “I’ve known James [Norton] a long time. He did a play with one of my really good friends.”


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