50 Amazing Lily James Quotes

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Which are your favorite Lily James quotes?

Lily James is an English actress and model. She is best known for her appearances in the popular British historical drama TV series ‘Downtown Abbey’.

Throughout her acting career, she has successfully brought home many other film awards including the Harper’s Bazaar Women of the Year Awards and Gasparilla International Film Festival Awards.

James began her acting debut following her graduation from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama when she landed a role in the British TV series ‘Just William’.

She notably made her breakthrough with the starring role in the critically acclaimed movie ‘Cinderella’ and gained mass recognition. Having established herself in the film industry, James then continued to book central roles in big-name movies such as ‘War & Peace’, ‘Baby Driver’, and ‘Darkest Hour’.

Here’s our collection of the best Lily James quotes:


50 Amazing Lily James Quotes

1. “My first paid role was my first job out of drama school, which was ‘Just William.’ It was a BBC TV show. I played Ethel.” – Lily James

2. “It’s weird, the idea of someone else playing my dad, but weirdly nice.” – Lily James

3. “My dad lived on Sunset Boulevard for a couple of years as a waiter, and he said he’d do a different character every time somebody sat down, just to get some practice.” – Lily James

4. “I think our sense as actors of what we’ve just done – whether or not it be in an audition – is usually really not connected to any truth. I’m always asking for more takes and more goes. I think I just need to shut up and listen.” – Lily James

5. “Ultimately, ‘Cinderella’ is the story of the underdog. You root for her in this fairytale; the girl who has nothing, deserves so much more, and gets it.” – Lily James

6. “I love clothes but it’s a struggle for me to get out of jeans and a baggy jumper.” – Lily James

7. “There are other things I want to focus on rather than staying in shape.” – Lily James

8. “Boarding school in Tring was a bit of a bubble that burst when I went to Hackney to go to drama school.” – Lily James

9. “The Twenties outfits are all about freedom and loose, flowing lines, whereas in ‘Cinderella,’ I had to wear corsets and big huge skirts.” – Lily James


10th of 50 Lily James Quotes

10. “It took me a while to warm to the ’20s costumes on ‘Downton.’ I love it when women accentuate their curves, and that era was all about hiding them. The shapes they wore then were in tune with female empowerment. Cutting off their hair and hiding their busts was a way of saying, ‘We’re equal to men!'” – Lily James


11. “No one looks twice at me when they’re around, and ‘Cinderella’ has made no difference. And I know that isn’t going to change.” – Lily James

12. “For exams, I swotted so hard because I couldn’t bear the thought of not coming first.” – Lily James

13. “It’s so hard coming out of drama school to claim your right to be taken seriously and even get auditions.” – Lily James

14. “Drama school was a lifeline for me, it saved me. I found it very nurturing – I just clung on.” – Lily James

15. “For girls growing up, sometimes I think they get the wrong idea for what women should look like.” – Lily James

16. “I think I feel most like a princess when I’m sort of bursting with happiness and love, so whether that would be, like, with my boyfriend or my family or at a really fun party – just when you’re full of life.” – Lily James

17. “I think Keira Knightley is amazing, and I’ve heard also that she is one of the coolest, most down-to-earth, brilliant girls, and I really look up to her in that respect. She’s got it all, really, and I think she’s made interesting, bold choices in her work.” – Lily James

18. “I really have been lucky because I’ve always had a very healthy attitude to my body.” – Lily James

19. “I think it’s probably best to work out in the morning to get it out of the way. My ultimate top tip is to drag yourself, even if you have to roll yourself out of your bed and in to a sit-up – it’s really not that bad once you start.” – Lily James


20th of 50 Lily James Quotes

20. “I played Nina in ‘The Seagull,’ and I remember thinking it’s incredible to see all the actresses in the past that’ve played her. It’s quite strengthening. You feel a part of the family of actresses going through and giving something of themselves to the role.” – Lily James


21. “With corsets, it’s interesting when you put them on, realizing that’s what women actually wore. They’re just so constricting.” – Lily James

22. “I used to go to musicals every birthday – that was my birthday present. We’d go to London, me and my two brothers and mum and dad. I think I saw ‘Mamma Mia’ about five times.” – Lily James

23. “I think everyone can feel like an outsider. I know I have. I’ve always felt like one.” – Lily James

24. “I trained with Olympics Athlete Jeanette Kwakye – who is amazing! And Shani Anderson, who is an excellent Olympic runner. We trained five times a week; running, circuits, weights, working out in the gym, and on the track. It was an insane time.” – Lily James

25. “The world of the flapper – live free, wild, and young – that energy is intoxicating. It’s nice to inject that into the more controlled ‘Downton’ way of living.” – Lily James

26. “You know that scene in ‘Runaway Bride’ when Julia Roberts puts on the amazing wedding dress and looks at herself in the mirror and goes, ‘Swish, swish’? I loved that moment so much when I was a little girl.” – Lily James

27. “When people feel good, they look good.” – Lily James

28. “To be honest, when I was growing up – I think it’s because of Kate Winslet and ‘Titanic’ – I always wanted to do period.” – Lily James

29. “Cinderella’ touches on loss, and there was definitely a strong sense of grief in my life.” – Lily James


30th of 50 Lily James Quotes

30. “As cynical as I can be, there’s always a part of me that believes in love and the fairy tale.” – Lily James


31. “I never thought I would say this, but I’m desperate to do an action film.” – Lily James

32. “There’s nothing wrong with falling in love and sharing your life with someone.” – Lily James

33. “I love singing so much. As a kid, that was what I wanted to do.” – Lily James

34. “In regards to your love life, you’re just entering into a whole of pain if you talk about it. If you’ve never said anything, there are no sound bites to haunt you when you’re crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong.” – Lily James

35. “I don’t have an exact moment when I decided I wanted to be an actress – it kind of was just really a part of my growing up.” – Lily James

36. “I loved all the princess films, and I grew up with them, and I think it’s really cool how they’ve changed over the years – how the princesses have become more positive role models right up until ‘Frozen.'” – Lily James

37. “Any kid in the world can draw from strengths within – we all have the potential with that.” – Lily James

38. “My dad did every single accent under the sun, and he would read bedtime stories.” – Lily James

39. “When I worked with Bill Nighy on ‘Wrath of the Titans,’ he said to me, ‘There’s one thing you can promise me, and that’s never, ever, ever read your reviews.'” – Lily James


40th of 50 Lily James Quotes

40. “My mum thinks I’m amazing at everything. That unconditional love is just the most precious thing you can have.” – Lily James


41. “I treated myself to a £700 Chloe bag after one of my first acting jobs. Then my friends pointed out that, for the same money, I could buy a flight to India. So I took it back.” – Lily James

42. “I love to start the morning with a mist spray, especially after a night out.” – Lily James

43. “Mum would have a panic attack if she had to stand up and give a speech around a table.” – Lily James

44. “I really want to play interesting roles, but you want to work, so it’s a balancing game.” – Lily James

45. “I don’t like seeing celebs looking too skinny, I love it when they look healthy and comfortable in their bodies and embrace their curves.” – Lily James

46. “I have an amazing stylist; she’s called Rebecca Corbin Murray… I go around to her living room, and it’s sort of exploding with dresses, and we go through them all, and she’s so good at picking things she knows I’ll like, and we work together. She’s taught me absolutely everything; she’s brilliant.” – Lily James

47. “I’m dying to do a tiny indie and play something totally naturalistic without any sort of constraints on me. Something where I can shock everyone.” – Lily James

48. “The first Disney movie I saw I think was ‘Snow White.’ I loved all the Disney princess movies.” – Lily James

49. “As an actor, you get a bit itchy to do something entirely different.” – Lily James

50. “I saw this cool interview with Amy Adams from when she did ‘Enchanted’ and played a princess, and when kids came up to her with no make-up and ripped jeans on, she said, ‘I’m off duty. I’m an off-duty princess’, and I thought that was quite sweet.” – Lily James



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Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa
Zisilia Alvsa is a writer for Wealthy Gorilla. Friends often call her Zii. She is a girl from Jakarta, Indonesia who currently lives in Bali. Zii loves photography and travelling.


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