Lily James Longs To DITCH Corsets

Published on January 25, 2016

British actress LILY JAMES is desperate to swap corsets for a “tracksuit” after donning period costumes for her last few projects.

Lily James

The blonde beauty shot to fame in British TV drama Downton Abbey and graduated to Hollywood in Disney blockbuster Cinderella.

Lily famously adopted a liquid diet while shooting the fairytale because her corset was tied too tight for her to properly digest solid foods, and she was stuck with waist-cinching costumes for her next film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and a TV adaptation of War And Peace.

However, the 26-year-old actress is adamant she is done with corsets and can’t wait to play a waitress in director Edgar Wright’s upcoming movie Baby Driver.

“I’m playing a young American waitress who is not from a novel, who is not massively intense and complicated and I don’t have Jane Austen or Tolstoy to refer to!” she tells the London Evening Standard. “I have just my own imagination which is actually a bit of a relief. I didn’t necessarily think I wanted to do another period drama and then War And Peace came along so I think it depends on what projects come along.

“But I’ve learned so much at this stage in my career playing these parts. But I do want a bit of a break from… I want to just have my own voice and wear jeans, maybe a tracksuit and no bra!”

Lily previously admitted she ate a lot of soup while shooting Cinderella to avoid problems with her super-tight costume.

“When (the corset) was on, we would be on continuous days, so we wouldn’t stop for lunch… You’d be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn’t untie the corset…” she told “If you ate food, it didn’t really digest properly, and I’d be burping all afternoon in (co-star Richard Madden’s) face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I’d have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn’t get stuck (sic).”

Lily James

The actress’ slender appearance in the film proved controversial and Lily had to dismiss speculation her waist had been trimmed digitally.

“I naturally have a really small waist. The skirt’s big and the corset pulls me in and that’s the point,” she told the Los Angeles Times. “That’s the shape (the costume designer) created… I think all that stuff’s so negative, and you’ve got to let it wash over your head. I’m so healthy. I’ve got hips and boobs and a bum and a small waist.”