Her latest project is her biggest yet – Disney’s live action version of Cinderella, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Cate Blanchett and McShera’s Downton co-star Lily James.
McShera plays ugly sister Drizella.
“Cate Blanchett is my mum which is hilarious, she was so much fun to work with. Me and Holliday Grainger (who also stars in the film) watched Blue Jasmine the day before we met her so we were so in awe of her. She was so nice and generous and funny, we had the best time with her.”
At least McShera will get to give the orders for a change – her Downton co-star, Lilly James, who plays cousin Rose in the drama, takes the lead in Cinderella.
While the actress acknowledges it was nice to have the roles reversed for once, she jokes: “Lily’s definitely no Daisy – she looks beautiful in rags, it’s really irritating!“
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Bonnie & Clyde DVD Extras
- “Iconography: The Story of Bonnie & Clyde” – Go behind-the-scenes with the director & explore the costumes, props & sets
- “Becoming Bonnie” –Explore Holliday Grainger’s interpretations of Bonnie Parker
- “Becoming Clyde” – Explore Emile Hirsch’s interpretation of Clyde Barrow
Bonnie & Clyde Blu-ray Extras
- All of the DVD Extras
- “A Legendary Story Revisited” featurette – Writers John Rice & Joe Batteer explore how their creative decisions & artistic direction gave life to the fresh retelling of Bonnie & Clyde
Holliday Grainger thinks her Bonnie and Clyde costumes are “beautiful”.
The 25-year-old actress embodies real-life American outlaw Bonnie Parker in the new TV series.
As part of her role Holliday had to step into authentic outfits from the 1930s, which helped her get a feel for who her alter ego really was.
“I love that juxtaposition [of having a beautiful wardrobe and carrying around a shotgun]. That’s who Bonnie wanted to be,” Holliday explained to collider.com.
“She wanted to be this cool, glamorous fashion icon. The outfits were beautiful. Marilyn [Vance], the costume designer, did an amazing job. My trailer was plastered with pictures of the 1920s and 1930s front covers of Vogue, and Bonnie’s outfits were straight off the covers of Vogue. It was amazing!”
Holliday has previously spoken about how comfortable she feels when preparing for roles. Her previous projects include period dramas Great Expectations and Anna Karenina.
“I’m very lucky as I’ve never ever felt any pressure from any producer to lose weight whereas a lot of actresses have,” she admitted. “So if ever I feel that pressure from someone inside, then maybe ask me that question again and I may be down the gym and eating no carbs.”
She has also spoken about how she feels confident to bare all for her work.
“I’m perfectly comfortable naked. I have that thing where I never think of myself as at all sexy so I’m like a two-year-old; I’ll just be naked, that’s fine,” she confessed. “They’re just bodies – people shouldn’t make so much of a fuss.”