Camila Cabello: It was 'daunting' to make movie debut with Idina Menzel in 'Cinderella' (exclusive)

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Camila Cabello says it was "daunting" to make her movie debut alongside Idina Menzel, given her co-star's status as a "Disney queen".

The 24-year-old chart-topper delivers her maiden performance as an actor in the new version of Cinderella, directed by Kay Cannon, in which Menzel portrays her stepmother.

Cabello tells Yahoo Entertainment UK she spent time trying to psych herself up to step on to a set with somebody she admired.

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She says: "I was in the car listening to Into the Unknown and I was like: 'I've got to skip this song because I'm about to see her'. 

"Of course it was daunting, but I feel just so lucky that being alongside Idina, that could've been a really intimidating and nerve-wracking experience. Everybody felt like that."

Camila Cabello says she feels 'lucky' to have made her screen debut with 'Cinderella', alongside Idina Menzel. (Kerry Brown/Christopher Raphael/Amazon)
Camila Cabello says she feels 'lucky' to have made her screen debut with 'Cinderella', alongside Idina Menzel. (Kerry Brown/Christopher Raphael/Amazon)

Menzel, though, chips in to admit she doesn't think she acted like the most obvious of role models on set.

"Then I messed up my lines like a million times and cursed inappropriately every time I did it," says the Frozen star. 

"And then they saw what a mess really was. Why have I been looking up to this woman all along?"

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Cabello says: "But [you were] also so 'how are you doing?' and that thing that you wanna feel. 

"That's the best part about women too. We're so nurturing and there for each other."

Idina Menzel, Camila Cabello and Billy Porter take on a trio of iconic fairy tale roles in the new version of 'Cinderella'. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Idina Menzel, Camila Cabello and Billy Porter take on a trio of iconic fairy tale roles in the new version of 'Cinderella'. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Cabello adds that Menzel was "immediately disarming" and friendly, which the theatre veteran puts down to her career on the stage.

Menzel says: "I think that's just the theatre creature in me that just loves so much about community and having a family and being on stage with people and every night having to get up and do that and not being alone."

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Cinderella also stars Billy Porter as a genderless take on the Fairy Godmother, with Nicholas Galitzine as Prince Robert alongside Pierce Brosnan and Minnie Driver as the king and queen.

The supporting cast includes British comedians James Corden, Romesh Ranganathan, James Acaster as mice turned footmen, and Rob Beckett as another suitor for Cinderella.

Cinderella is available to stream via Amazon Prime Video from 3 September.

Watch: Trailer for Amazon's new take on Cinderella

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