For Lily James, playing the titular character in Cinderella was a dream come true.
And watching the actress—and her character—realize her dream was a moving experience for the cast and crew. When Cinderella made her debut at the ball and danced with Prince Charming (Richard Madden), even her Evil Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) got emotional. "When Richard and Lily began to dance, it made me just want to weep. You just don't see that!" Blanchett said in a behind-the-scenes featurette, which fans can see in full when the movie is released on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere Sept. 15. "You don't see those grand, romantic moments where you say, 'Yes!' There's a couple of beautiful, really difficult lifts. Everyone just erupted into applause, naturally, when it happened because it was so beautiful and because I think you're really, genuinely rooting for her."
Ahead of the film's home release, director Kenneth Branagh spoke exclusively with E! News about how his movie both pays tribute to Walt Disney Animation's 1959 animated classic but also makes its own indelible mark in cinematic history. Since the live-action film's release in March, it has grossed over $542 million worldwide.
Although Cinderella was physically transformed by her Fairy Godmother (Helena Bonham Carter), "She lit up from within," Branagh said of the character's big moment at the ball. "She didn't trade one personality at the door; she brought her real self into this real place and found a way to be at ease."