Another Princely Role for Richard Madden
Richard Madden (r) is the Prince and Derek Jacobi (l) is the King in Disney's live-action CINDERELLA. ©Disney Enterprises. CR: Jonathan Olley.

Richard Madden (r) is the Prince and Derek Jacobi (l) is the King in Disney’s live-action CINDERELLA. ©Disney Enterprises. CR: Jonathan Olley.

By ANGELA DAWSON

Front Row Features

HOLLYWOOD—Scottish actor Richard Madden plays the prince in Disney’s new live-action version of the classic fairy tale “Cinderella.”

The former “Game of Thrones” star recently spoke about taking on the iconic fantasy royal character, working with “Downton Abbey” star Lily James (who plays the title character in the grandly produced fairy tale), director Kenneth Branagh and the rest of the illustrious cast that includes Derek Jacobi, Stellan Skarsgard, Cate Blanchett and Helena Bonham Carter.

Q: What was your experience like on a Kenneth Branagh set?

Madden: It was a joy, maybe because he’s also an actor. This is my first big film, and it’s a part that a lot of guys have played before. Audiences come to this with their own perception of who Prince Charming should be. Ken understood that and the pressure that comes with it. He just gave me confidence every day that allowed me to play and took away the anxiety of being on a massive movie set and playing a character in which everybody has an idea of who their prince is. He took all that away and that’s why I’m thankful to him.

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