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‘Cinderella’ Star Lily James Channeled Painful Memory for Film

‘Cinderella’ Star Lily James Channeled Painful Memory for Film


Lily James drew on the pain of her father’s death to help her play Cinderella.

The Downton Abbey star portrays the orphaned servant girl in Disney’s new live-action revamp of the classic children’s tale, and she recalled the loss of her actor dad Jamie Thomson in 2008 when playing out the fairytale’s sad scenes.

She tells Britain’s Style magazine, “He had cancer. That’s sort of why my experience in drama school is pretty unique – it happened while I was there… I had a scene (in the movie) where I was told my Dad had died, so it was really hard, but I feel what’s important in the film is that Cinderella gains strength from her loss and that was something I could (relate to)… That was in me. So, yeah. Yeah, it’s s**t.”

Cinderella was released in theaters around the country earlier this month.

If you’ve seen the latest version of the classic tale, let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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Jasmine Alyce Jasmine is the Associate Editor/Reporter for FanBolt. She’s been obsessed with pop culture and entertainment news since the olden days of MTV’s ‘TRL’ and graduated in 2009 with her BA in Journalism. She’s a huge horror and sci-fi/fantasy fan and her favorite shows include: American Horror Story, Game of Thrones, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who, Bates Motel, Once Upon A Time and Scandal, to name a few.


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