There is a new Snow White in town. This is not the animated demur Snow White of yore, this Snow White is totally new, bold and knows how to battle with the best of them. Mirror Mirror – which opens nationwide on Friday, March 30th – is a new tale on the old tale. Yes, there is an evil stepmother (played by Julia Roberts), a Prince (played by Armie Hammer) and sever dwarfs, but that is where the comparisons end.
Besides the gorgeous sets and costumes, the one stand out? Lily Collins. The young actress was perfectly cast as the fair-skinned princess dealt a bad hand in the stepmother category. Lily Collins doesn’t just bring beauty to the role but a strong, feisty and fun portrayal of a classic character. We were lucky enough to be part of a blogger roundtable to talk to Lily about her role in Mirror Mirror…
On playing a new kind of Snow White:
“I grew up in England in the countryside, and I would run around the yard kind of just making up my own fairytales in my head. And I think when it comes to fairytale characters, every young girl has their own interpretation of what a fairytale princess is and who she should be. Even if it’s the wrong hair color, it’s like, “I’m her, and that’s kind of my way of doing it.
So, I think the script already kind of gave way to a new vision of Snow White, that she already was a modernized version of the classic fairytale character we knew. It wasn’t as much intimidation of trying to stay true to the original, it was just making sure I was someone that young girls could relate to.
I didn’t want to be this caricature of a fairytale princess that was already in cartoon form. I wanted to be someone that young girls could look at and say, “She’s a friend of mine,” you know? So, it was more trying to make sure I did relate to young girls as opposed to being fearful that I wasn’t going to live up to everyone’s expectations of what Snow White should be.”
On her transformation into Snow White:
“I’ll be 23 this month, but I do look a lot younger, depending on hair and makeup and the way that I’m dressed. So, I think it’s fun for this film, because she does go from this young, wide-eyed, innocent girl who is unaware of what’s going on around her, as well as, being put in this fairytale princess dress. It’s very poufy and classic of what you would see as a younger fairytale princess.
And then as the story goes on, Snow grows up and becomes more mature and more of a young woman. To be able to physically show that in hair and makeup changes, of where I do go from more of the young looking princess to a more mature young woman, I think that kind of helps, especially when it comes from me then acting how I look, because sometimes when you change your look, it makes you act completely different.
(Also), I wanted to make Snow White this relatable girl that young girls could relate to.”
On the transformation of her character:
“One thing that stayed the same throughout was that Snow really had this amazing character arc of going from a young fairytale princess that you think you know — who’s almost void of personality. She is wide-eyed, innocent, and almost, in a sense, a caricature of a fairytale princess.
When you first hear her talking to a bird in an early scene, it’s very much that of a fairytale princess. But as you go on, Snow ends up evolving as she becomes this fighter, emotionally and physically, into a young woman who is someone that I hoped young girls would say, “That’s a friend of mine.”
And that idea that the prince doesn’t need to save the princess in the end was there from the beginning. And I thought that was cool. Don’t get me wrong, I love all the animated versions of fairytales. As a kid, I’d watch them over and over again. I knew every word, all the songs. I’m the kid that made my parents rewind every night.
And so, when you have something that amazing that kids love and have loved for so many years, when you go to remake something, you think, “Well, there’s got to be some sort of element that we can add so that the new generation will hopefully react in a similar way.”
So, seeing in that the fact the filmmakers they wanted to modernize this classic story and make it very much about female kind empowerment, but not overwhelmingly so, It’s just the fact that she found it within herself, that she had the potential to do what the prince could do.
And that sense of female empowerment and confidence and self-esteem is something that I have always been a big advocate of promoting in young girls, and teen confidence among girls and boys but especially with young girls, and body image. And the story is the fairest of them all. And the price and the queen talk about her beauty, or the queen’s lack of beauty, or we agree to disagree kind of thing.
But, Snow is never aware of her own beauty. She isn’t looking in a mirror and saying, “I can make this happen because I’m pretty.” She learns from the dwarves about self-confidence. And once you accept yourself and accept spontaneity in the world, you can then pursue things because you’re more aware of your surroundings and more confident within yourself.
So, I think the fact that she is so unaware of how she looks, but she finds it within herself to love herself regardless, that’s the core of self-esteem and confidence building for young girls. So, I saw that the script had potential. I thought, “I would love to be a part of something that gives a message like that to young girls.”
On Her Eyeborws:
“Well, I think physically speaking, and they’ve become such a topic of conversation, my eyebrows. It’s so funny. When I was younger, when I moved from England to LA, it was this beachy look and everyone had thin eyebrows. And it was blond and very different than where I’d come from in the countryside in England.
And so, I felt pretty self-conscious, because kids would comment about my eyebrows. I tried plucking them myself, which was really bad. But, then I started to be think, “You know what? Actually, they’re kind of quirky and they’re different.” And I idolized Audrey Hepburn and all these old movie stars who had that look, a very different look, but it was their own and no one was telling them to change it. I mean, they were classic.
And I thought, “Well, there’s really no point. That’s me.” “I don’t want to look like everyone else.””
And her Snow White, it’s not like anyone else’s at all. Check out a clip from the film below: