Mamma Mia 2’s Lily James has had quite enough of playing angelic characters
Lily James wants to stop playing conventional ~sweetheart roles.
The actress shot to fame in Downton Abbey and went on to star in Cinderella, Baby Driver, Darkest Hour, Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again and that potato film with the long title.
“I think every actor is typecast,” she told Allure in a new interview.
“You have to remind yourself, I can do this for a long, long time, and there’s so much time to reinvent yourself or move in a totally different direction.”
“I’ve just had this feeling that I can’t get rid of recently – and sometimes what you think is right for you is total nonsense anyway.
“I’ve wanted to step away from playing characters that feel quite honest and open. There’s a goodness to them that I want to get away from.”
James is still everywhere for the time being: she’s in Little Woods alongside Tessa Thompson, and has also signed up for the as-yet-untitled new Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis movie.
In the same interview, she also said she got the call to play young Donna in Mamma Mia 2 after she had completely fucked her voice at Glastonbury.
Speaking of Matt Smith taking her to her audition, she recalled: “He pulled over and waited for me while I went in and sang a few Mamma Mia! songs and did a few scenes. Then I was like, ‘Peace, I’m out,’ and we went to the festival and had the best weekend.
“My agents rang me on the Monday or Tuesday, and I had completely lost my voice. They were like, ‘You’re going to be doing ABBA in a few weeks.’ I was like, ‘Oh, shit.’”
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again is out Friday.