Lilly James interview - Cinderella

Lily James is, Cinderella

Lily James is, Cinderella

Lily James (in Dior with Aquazzura shoes and Olympia leTan bag), star of the highly-anticipated, critically-acclaimed "CINDERELLA," delighted audiences at a screening of the film at Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, on the latest stop of the film’s worldwide tour.

Lily James (in Dior with Aquazzura shoes and Olympia leTan bag), star of the highly-anticipated, critically-acclaimed "CINDERELLA," delighted audiences at a screening of the film at Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto, on the latest stop of the film’s worldwide tour.

Lily James, the star of Cinderella

Lily James, the star of Cinderella

What young girl hasn't dreamed of being Cinderella? Not just putting on the dress and the shoes, but actually BEING Cinderella? The dress, the shoes, the prince, the castle, the pumpkin, the love, the loss, all of it? Lily James (Downton Abbey) has actually gotten that chance and has literally been transformed into the beloved character in the new live action Cinderella Movie.

I met with the absolutely lovely actress who at 25 has already made quite a name for herself playing Lady Rose on the hit British television series, Downton Abbey. I did not hold back from telling her about my fan obsession with that show (she gets this ALL the time). We chatted about what it was like for her to play such a revered and iconic character (Cinderella) and how she prepared to play her. 

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. The perfect princess! 

Please click on the link below for our interview.

SYNOPSIS OF THE FILM: The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honour her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and, armed with a pumpkin and a few mice, changes Cinderella’s life forever.