The Topshop site interviewed Ellie about her new movie ‘The Nutcracker and the Four Realms‘ which will debut this week in theaters around the world.
Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to be the Christmas movie of the year, transporting us to the magical world of The Sugarplum Fairy and The Mouse King with a new spin on the classic E.T.A. Hoffmann tale. We spoke to up-and-coming British actress Ellie Bamber (Nocturnal Animals) – who plays Clara’s older sister Louise in the movie – to find out what we can expect…
How did you get cast in this movie?
I auditioned and met with the director Lasse Hallström. Then I actually didn’t hear anything for a couple of months, so I kind of forgot all about it. I was so excited when I eventually got offered the role and I was really keen to work with Lasse.
Can you tell us a bit about your role as Louise?
I play Louise, she’s Clara’s older sister. In the first scenes of the film you get to know the Stahlbaum children, the family’s situation and how Louise has to step up to look after the family and take care of Clara.
What was your initial reaction when you read the script?
It takes you straight into this magical fantasy. I was instantly thinking about what the sets might look like that would create all of these different worlds. And I was instantly excited to see what the ballet would look like on screen.
How would you describe the film in three words?
Epic, magical and dreamy.
Ellie Bamber graces the cover of Rollacoster’s Autumn/Winter 2018 issue, available now to pre-order.
Here’s what the 21-year-old The Nutcracker and the Four Realms actress had to say…
On her favorite actresses: “Definitely Nicole Kidman. Moulin Rouge was one of those films that I watched as a kid and was like ‘Oh my god, that’s what I want to do.’ And I love Emma Stone, I think she’s a really amazing actress.”
On her upcoming Les Mis mini-series: “The funniest thing is that I was in the musical version of it at my school when I was younger. I really like re-imagining the classics and looking at all the different adaptation. With our version of Les Mis, it’s very much based on the book – which is wonderful because there’s so much detail in it. It’s 1500 pages!”
On her acting journey: “I think I can be very self-critical, for sure. I’ve still got tons to learn. But it makes me really, really excited, I think you can probably hear that. I don’t know much at all, so I’m looking forward to being challenged more and learning more from my peers and directors. I’m always ready. I just want to be as open to that as I can possibly be.”
For more from Ellie, visit Rollacoaster.tv.
Watch Lily Newmark, Mackenzie Foy, Ellie Bamber, Diane Rouxel & Ayami Nakajo as they share their impressions on Paris, Haute Couture and the most Parisian house of them all: CHANEL.
Ellie talked about her next work, the BBC mini-series Les Misérables, with WWD during the Chanel Haute Couture Show today in Paris.
“It’s like a terrarium,” said Ellie Bamber, who had wrapped filming “Les Mis” the day before. (The six-part drama adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century classic also stars Dominic West and Lily Collins, with Bamber in the role of Cosette.)
“It was really challenging, it’s been amazing creating Cosette’s journey. I feel like there are so many new things that an audience is going to see that, if they’ve watched the musical, they might not know about,” she said. “The book is 1,500 pages long, Victor Hugo goes into so much detail, and [screenwriter] Andrew Davies has captured that so well.”
Coming “from that to this was just beautiful,” she continued, adding: “I sat in my room and had French onion soup last night — it’s something I do every time I come to Paris.”