The English actress talks about her latest sleeper hit Trap For Cinderella

Britain isn't short of new talent this year and Tuppence Middleton is no exception, whose performance in the thrilling French novel given a British revamp earlier this summer put her on the map for future stardom.


After gaining a following for her appearance in the 2009 British horror/comedy Tormented, Middleton starred in Samuel Abrahams' short film Connect, which was nominated for a BAFTA, and later moved on to appearances in Friday Night Dinner before leading in Trap For Cinderella.


Based on Sébastien Japrisot's crime novel, Trap For Cinderella is a Single White Female for the younger generation. Here, Middleton reveals what it was like to play Mickey, the fun-loving photographer who is forced on a shocking journey of self-discovery, and working with director Iain Softley.



STUDIO: Tell us about your character Mickey.

Tuppence Middleton: I play Michele Dean, but everyone calls her Mickey. When we first meet her in the film she wakes up after a house fire with amnesia. It goes back in time and she retraces her steps and her memories through what people are telling her. Post-fire, to find out that her identity, what sort of person she was and regain her memory. And pre-fire is a kind of very different kind of Mickey, very outgoing. She comes from a relatively wealthy background and she is due to inherit but she hasn't yet. She is troubled but very magnetic. Hence why she attracts the attention of this girl; her friend Do (played by Alexandra Roach).


STUDIO: How did you get the part?

TM: The script's been around for kind of a couple of years. When I first left drama school, about two and a half years ago, it wasn't long after I left that I went up for it initially. I really loved the script and always remembered it, but it didn't happen at that point. Then a couple of years down the line my agent said this project has come back and I said "Yes!" I do remember I loved it and really loved the character at that time. It's funny because when I first read it I felt an affinity with it and felt like I would want to do it. I met (director) Iain Softley a few times; auditioned with a few different girls and here we are!


STUDIO: Tell us about your rehearsals with Alexandra Roach.

TM: We had quite a few rounds actually, maybe three or four rounds, and it was good actually. It was nice that it was very thorough. Obviously he had a very clear picture of what he wanted and what he wanted for the parts. I read with a few different girls, just chemistry reading really, to see how we got on, to see how we looked together. Because obviously it's an important part of the script - not that we look exactly the same - but something about us becomes quite similar. And as soon as I read with Alex, I kind of knew, yeah, I think she's gonna get it.


STUDIO: What was like working with Iain Softley?

TM: When we got the part we went to meet Iain and we were there with the costumes and the makeup head of department. We talked about of vision of it, the look he wanted and he showed us various kinds of snippets of films he put together and type of music that he wanted. So he's very clear about it. It's absolutely his baby this project and he knew what he wanted from it. We have definitely been on the same page the whole way through and he's he's so into peoples input and ideas. That's great from an actor's point of view because we can have a scene, look at it and he'll rework it with us. He's written but he's really open to doing this and he's very concise with what he wants from the script so it's great.




STUDIO: How did you work on developing Mickey's character?

TM: Mickey's seemingly extrovert and sociable but actually quite introverted in her own way, and Do at the start of the story is quite shy. She remembered Mickey from when she was younger and always wanted to keep friendship going because of things that happened in the past. It's a confidence thing, it's an image thing, the way they dress, it's just all very different. But then they start to become, as friends do, more alike and dress more alike and stuff it develops into something more unhealthy.


STUDIO: Tell us about the characters in the film.

TM: Then there's Julia, of course, and Elinor who are Mickey's guardians and her aunt. She has conflicting relationships with them. Julia has this tension with her, because she is set to inherit from Elinor which doesn't reflect well on Julia after her hard work. So there's a strange tension but at the same time Elinor's her only relative left. She wants to hold on to that but then they can't seem to get past this barrier. It's sad, all her relationships seem to break down without her realizing it really.


STUDIO: Did you read the original book by Sébastien Japrisot?

TM: I love the book. He's a great writer. It's just a great thriller and a really exciting read. In terms of, character stuff I spoke to my doctor, an amnesia doctor, who talked through some symptoms with me, and I asked him questions and he was really helpful. And I talked with Alex trying to find the differences in our characters and things that could become the same in how we speak, use your voice, you know, things like that. We also spent time together doing Bikram Yoga and we were separately training as well to try and make our bodies the same. In-depth things.


STUDIO: What are your thoughts on how the film plays with the audience?

TM: It's fun to making an audience work and to make an audience think. They don't want it spelt out on a plate for them so I think it's an exciting thing to go and watch. Especially as it has lots of twists and turns and keeps you guessing.



Introduction by Louise Robina Happé.


Taken from the film's official interviews.


Trap For Cinderella releases on Blu-ray and DVD November 4th.

“It’s fun to make an audience work and to make an audience think.”

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