Cinderella was swept off her feet all right.
At a Sunday night screening of the new film adaptation of “Cinderella,” Lily James, the actress playing the title role, was blushing and gushing about her leading man, Richard Madden.
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“The thing I love about Richard is — he’s an obvious choice for the role because he’s so good looking — but there’s so much more to him,” she said. “He’s deep, he’s funny, he’s sexy, he’s charismatic.” What can’t this Prince Charming do? Best known as the dreamy Robb Stark, may he rest in peace, on “Game of Thrones,” this is just Madden’s fifth movie.
For his part, Madden was attracted to the challenge of interpreting a character who was in only a few scenes in the original animated film.
“I just wanted to make a character,” the actor explained. “In this film, he’s so fleshed out. We get to see a real young guy.”
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Ethan Hawke and Patti Smith were among those in attendance at the Cinema Society-hosted screening at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, but this being a Disney screening a number of actors, like Gina Gershon and Edie Falco, brought their kids along.
“I have the real Disney Cinderella heirs with me,” said Stacey Bendet, pointing out her two daughters, whose grandfather is Michael Eisner, the former chief executive officer of Disney. “My kids just absolutely love fairy tales.”