For an extended period of time back in 2013, actress Lily James had the chance to see the world through the eyes of Cinderella. Starring as the fairy tale princess in director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action adaptation, she got to step into the life of the fictional character and literally take a walk around her in glass slippers. As you might imagine, this time gave her some special insight into the philosophy, psychology and mentality of her adopted personality, and she was kind enough to share some of her insight with me during a recent interview.
I had the chance to sit down one-on-one with the young actress during a press day for Cinderella in Los Angeles, and it was during our conversation that James gave me a fascinating look into the character of Cinderella, her personal approach to the film, some of the source material’s key issues, and her experience on set.
Richard Madden Wasn’t Lily James’ Only Prince CharmingKenneth Branagh has been known to take key roles in the movies he directs, be it Henry V or Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, but he wound up deciding not to take a part in his live-action version of Cinderella. Just because the filmmaker isn’t seen on screen in the fairy tale doesn’t mean he didn’t utilize his experience as an actor during the making of the film, though.
While discussing her relationship with Branagh on the Cinderella set, Lily James revealed to me that when she was testing for the lead role in the movie, the director actually stood in as her Prince Charming – an experience she was floored by. She explained,
It was so cool, in the screen test he played Prince Charming. I was just like, ‘I’m acting with Kenneth Branagh, this is a dream.’
Given Branagh’s impressive filmography both in front of and behind the camera, this isn’t a difficult enthusiasm to understand.