“Have Courage and Be Kind,” A Modern Day Cinderella
*I was invited by Disney to attend the press junket for Cinderella. All opinions are my own.*
“Where there is kindness, there is goodness. And where there is goodness, there is magic.” This pretty much sums up the magic that is created in Disney’s new live-action feature inspired by the classic fairy tale, “Cinderella.” To make this film relevant to modern audiences, this core value of kindness and compassion was fundamentally important to its success. The filmmakers were convinced that by having a powerful story, combined with an exceponally-talented cast, along with complex and realistic characters, would make for a truly entertaining and magical experience. After seeing the film, I am still in awe of all the magic, beauty, artistry, and the heartfelt message of “Have Courage and Be Kind.” I cannot wait to see it again, and am happy to say that I had the pleasure of interviewing a few of the key characters, producers, and the costume designer for Cinderella to be able to share with you today a little bit about what makes this re-make of Cinderella oh so special.
First, we spoke with Prince Charming himself, Richard Madden. We had many questions to ask him.
What drew you to the roll of the Prince?
Richard: I wanted a character with depth and humor. I got to see Cinderella as a daughter and the Prince as a son. Cinderella sees the Prince as a friend and soldier first, as well as a prince.
What was it like working with the Director, Kenneth Branagh?
Richard: It was wonderful. I’ll be working with him again in 2016. He’s considerate and has confidence in me.
How will this movie speak to kids at heart today?
Richard: Cinderella would have been fine if she didn’t end up with the prince. It’s not like the original. This is two people bringing out the best in each other. Young boys will see love in a more equal way, and will have more of a respect for women and the world around them.
What’s the first thing you see in a woman Richard?
Richard: I don’t know. I am just interested in people. I want to talk to them and get to know them.
What did you think about learning to Waltz?
Richard: Awful!! You won’t be seeing me on Dancing with the Stars. Absolutely not!
What was it like working with Lily James as Cinderella?
Richard: A joy. I couldn’t have asked for anything more. She’s so kind, generous, caring, loving, giving, everything you could want.
What is your favorite scene from the movie?
Richard: When the Prince and Cinderella meet for the first time. There are many feelings going on, the dancing around of the horses. Lily hadn’t ridden horses before the movie. She took many riding lessons to prepare for these scenes on horseback.