GLAMOUR's Leanne Bayley went off to interview Emma Watson and Dan Stevens for their new movie, Beauty and The Beast. After complimenting her on her shoes (day made!), Emma revealed to Leanne all about the secret talents, her feelings about wearing that yellow frock, and the Beauty and The Beast cast conga that she set up (with Pharrell's help!).
Dan also tells a really sweet tale about his daughter meeting Emma, and why the movie is a good lesson for the Tinder generation... Watch the interview now...
Emma Watson on… her secret talent of table tennis
“I’m an amazing table tennis player… I mean, really Olympic level… I mean, no, I’m not that good. It’s like I secretly fantasise that I might quit my job one day and become a full-time table tennis player".
Emma and Dan on... feeling the nerves about singing in Beauty and The Beast
Dan: “I did in the end, I think it was a little terrifying to begin with”.
Emma: “It’s the first time Dan and I have ever done this for a film before, but once we were in it, I mean, the music is so dreamy and it’s so special”.
Dan: “Connecting the voice to the character and getting to tell the story through song and dance, it just sort of expands the story-telling realm, really. And once you get your head around that, then it gets exciting”.
Emma and Dan on... the dance scenes and whether the dance training helped for the wrap party
Dan: “[Emma] has got the moves. I’m always the last person on the dance floor".
Emma: “I do love a dance. And actually, at the end of the day when we shot that, I made them play Pharrell Happy, and got everyone to dance a massive Beauty and The Beast cast conga line which was surreal yet awesome".
Emma on… the iconic yellow dress & how she felt on “dress day”
“Oh my goodness, if I’ve learnt anything about fashion it’s that ... you want something to look beautiful and magical, obviously, but also this dress had to be like a dream of a dress to dance in … We wanted to make it true to the time but also dance beautifully and whatever else, so there were loads of different versions of the dress and when we arrived on dance day, it felt perfect”.
Dan on… his daughter’s input of said dress
“While they were designing the dress, Emma came over for dinner and met my daughter, who was five at the time, and we were talking about it because we were talking about things that were happening at work and Willow overheard this and she went next door with a pencil and paper and came back with four or five little pencil sketches of Belle’s dress. She talked Emma through some options, and you picked one and then she came on dress day and was like ‘yep, that’s it!’ That’s the one’”.
Dan on… getting in to Beast mode
“Ooh, I suppose getting in to the suit got me in quite a good head space…”
Emma: "I’ve never seen someone eat so much as Dan ate during the shoot. Honestly, it was like Brad Pitt in a movie, every time I looked at Dan he was holding something, eating something, or about to eat something”.
Dan: “Yeah, I was eating a lot of protein and calories because I was burning so much because every step was an extra physical effort carrying the weight of the suit. I think the suit was about 40 or 50 pounds – it was a heavy piece”.
Emma and Dan on... what it was like to work with Emma Thompson
Dan: “She was lovely, wasn’t she? Obviously it was mostly her voice that I had on set but she was around for the scenes where she was transformed and she has a very godmotherly presence on set. And I felt her presence”.
Emma: “The original is obviously brilliant, and you’re like ‘who could possibly do it as well?’, and then you’re like, ‘Oh yeah, Emma Thompson - obviously'”.Drop everything: a Beauty and the Beast makeup line is coming
Drop everything: a Beauty and the Beast makeup line is coming
Emma and Dan on... Beauty and The Beast being a timely message for the Tinder generation
Dan: “There is sometime Tinder-like about the Prince’s first dance at the beginning of the ball, that kind of idea of him whirling through 60 princesses and not really connecting with any of them so that’s a tiny little glimpse of the back story that we wanted to give early on and actually it counterpoints really nicely with the magical central dance where Belle reminds the Prince of how special it is to dance with just one special person".WATCH: Ariana Grande & John Legend's video for Beauty and The Beast song
WATCH: Ariana Grande & John Legend's video for Beauty and The Beast song
Beauty and The Beast is released this Friday!
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