Kay Cannon Convinced Pop Star Camila Cabello to portray ‘Cinderella’ – How did she do it?

In the modern rendition of the story Cinderella, Camila Cabello makes her acting debut as Cinderella. Kay Cannon, the film’s director, wanted her to play the renowned fairytale figure, therefore the singer’s first step into acting was influenced by her.

Sony offered Cannon the opportunity to direct the film if she could persuade Camila Cabello to make it her first acting project. Cannon flew to Miami with a glass slipper she had purchased on Etsy, determined to get Cabello on board.

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Cannon revealed in an interview with Variety that her producers urged her against bringing the slipper because it would be strange, but her strategy worked. Cabello agreed to star in the film, but they ran into another stumbling block not long after.

Cinderella filming began in England in February 2020, but was forced to halt due to the COVID-19 crisis. The film was meant to be a terrific theatrical experience, according to Cannon, and while theaters have opened, it is not getting a wide distribution. Nonetheless, the director is pleased that Cinderella may now be enjoyed in the comfort of one’s own home, owing to Amazon’s acquisition of the film. On September 3, 2021, the film will be available on Amazon Prime Video.

Camila Cabello on her role as Cinderella

Cabello plays the title heroine in the new Cinderella film. Her desire of becoming a dressmaker is the central theme of the film. Many elements, such as the evil stepmother and stepsisters, are reminiscent of classic fairytales.

The film, however, offers a fresh twist to the well-known subject. During a virtual appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Cabello discussed her experience performing the character.

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I was in a new kickass version of a classic fairytale, but it was delivered in a completely different manner. In this one, Cinderella is a total badass. She’s not waiting for a prince to save her; instead, she’s rescuing herself. Those fairytale values, I believe, need to be reinterpreted.

Cabello went on to say that Cannon crafted the script the way she did because she wanted to shift those values for today’s youth.

The Fairy Godmother is played by Billy Porter in Cinderella

Other aspects of the film were also taken in a different direction. Billy Porter, who plays Fairy Godmother in Pose, comes out as one of the standouts. Cannon told Variety that she wanted the fairy godmother to be a man because so many women had already played the role. She also discussed how she and Porter came to the decision to make Porter’s character non-binary.

It was brought up in conversation. ‘I think the answer needs to come from you,’ I told Billy several times throughout our chats. He’s uttered things like “they/them” and “magic has no gender.” Definitely non-binary. Porter was also in mind when Cannon conceived the character. As a result, she claims the character came easily because she wrote it in his voice.

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