Lily James discusses male-female power dynamics and finding comedy in trauma

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Lily James and Armie Hammer have discussed their forthcoming film Rebecca, in the wake of the actress’ Dominic Cooper canoodling scandal. 

In an interview with Ali Plumb on Radio 1’s Movies podcast, the actress, 31, mused over the ‘addictive thriller romance love story’ they have starred in, and also discussed the importance of finding comedy to ‘undercut’ dark moments. 

Last week, Lily caused shockwaves around the globe when she was seen getting close with married Dominic, 50, during a trip to Rome just days before he defiantly insisted all was well in his marriage to Catherine Fitzgerald, 49.

Sweet: Lily James and Armie Hammer have discussed their forthcoming film Rebecca, in the wake of the actress’ Dominic Cooper canoodling scandal 

Lily was interviewed alongside Armie, her co-star in new Rebecca – a Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s novel, in which she plays a woman who marries a wealthy widower, but finds his home haunted by the memory of his late wife. 

Speaking about du Maurier’s novel and the subsequent movie, she said: ‘It’s a totally addictive read and story and there’s twists and turns its so shocking and twisted in itself and its morally all over the place…

‘You’re so drawn in and within this addictive thriller romance love story there’s also this amazing overall look on men and women and power dynamics. It’s very clever and says a lit inside a commercial story. the book itself was a huge commercial hit.’ 

They group discussed the comical words used by Keeley Hawes’s character Beatrice Lacy and how it helped alleviate Lily’s character’s pain. 

Scandal: The beleaguered actress has been at the centre of a scandal over the past few days, after she was pictured embracing married Dominic West during a romantic trip to Rome

Scandal: The beleaguered actress has been at the centre of a scandal over the past few days, after she was pictured embracing married Dominic West during a romantic trip to Rome

Lily said: ‘We really wanted to get more of the outrageous words in – Keeley Hawes saying bosh. There’s a great undercutting to this comedic moments.’

Nick responded: ‘It is essential as your character is being traumatised every day in every day so thank god for a bit of tickety tock and a bit of stiff upper lip’.

Bringing things round to real life, Lily responded: ‘Yes thank god for it in all senses of the word and life in general’.  

While the podcast was released on Monday, it is unclear when it was recorded. Lily has pulled out of planned television appearances on Friday’s installment of The Graham Norton Show and Monday’s Today show in America.

Interview: Lily was interviewed alongside Armie Hammer, her co-star in new Rebecca – a new Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic novel

Interview: Lily was interviewed alongside Armie Hammer, her co-star in new Rebecca – a new Netflix adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel

It comes after Lily and Dominic who, both star in an upcoming BBC series together, enjoyed a two-day vacation in Italy where they were seen riding on a scooter through Rome, and Dominic appeared to at one point lean over and kiss Lily’s neck.

Dominic was notably not wearing his wedding band during his vacation with Lily and days later put on a united front with his wife, proclaiming their marriage is ‘strong’.  

Dominic and Lily were spotted put on a very cosy display by ‘kissing and cuddling’ during their British Airways flight to the UK, it has been claimed. 

They were seen wearing face masks as they made their way through the Rome terminal to catch their UK-bound flight.

Haunting: She spoke of the trauma suffered by her character

Haunting: She spoke of the trauma suffered by her character

A source has claimed that the pair wasted no time in kicking off their romantic weekend and were ‘all over each other’ while travelling, reports The Sun

A source told the publication: ‘At first, I thought she was his daughter, as I knew he was around 50 and you could tell she was a lot younger. Within minutes of the plane leaving, they began kissing and cuddling after both removed their masks.

‘They looked like a couple heading for a dirty weekend and they were all over each other. They were French kissing and there was a lot of necking going on.’ 

Lily was seen resting on Dominic’s shoulder at one point, before boarding their flight back to the UK. After arriving in the city last week, Lily and Dominic surprised onlookers when they were pictured appearing to kiss while dining al fresco. 

Cosy: A source claimed they  put on a very cosy display by 'kissing and cuddling' during their British Airways flight to Rome, it has been claimed (pictured together at the airport)

Cosy: A source claimed they  put on a very cosy display by ‘kissing and cuddling’ during their British Airways flight to Rome, it has been claimed (pictured together at the airport) 

Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in Showtime drama, The Affair, which explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between his character and a younger woman, named Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson). 

A source told MailOnline Dominic and Lily spent two nights in a suite at the top Hotel De La Ville with a panoramic view over the city and just at two minutes walk from the Spanish steps.

They only left the hotel for a few hours riding an electric scooter around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra. While for lunch they joined their friend and mutual manager Angharad Wood at a downtown restaurant. 

At the end of lunch Lily sat next to Dominic couldn’t resist nuzzling her neck and stroking her. 

Married: Dominic and his wife Catherine put on a united front at their home after the pictures came to light

Married: Dominic and his wife Catherine put on a united front at their home after the pictures came to light

The previous Thursday, it was announced that Lily had split from The Crown star Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to rekindle their relationship in lockdown following an on-off five year romance.

Since the pictures of Dominic and Lily in Rome came to light, he has put on a defiant display with his wife Catherine Fitzgerald, 49.

Just hours after she told friends she was ‘heartbroken’ over the images, which went viral, she agreed to take part in a bizarre show of unity with The Affair star, with him telling reporters: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together’.

The mother-of-four gingerly stepped out of the marital home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on Tuesday with her husband, hiding her ring finger in her jeans pocket.    

Done and dusted: Last Thursday, it was announced that Lily had split from Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to rekindle their relationship in lockdown (pictured in 2015)

Done and dusted: Last Thursday, it was announced that Lily had split from Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to rekindle their relationship in lockdown (pictured in 2015) 

Catherine purposefully raised her head and passionately kissed Dominic for the cameras, as they emerged from their rambling cottage, through a rusty gate.   

Dominic appeared to have a rather smug look on his face as he made a point of showing that he was still not wearing his wedding ring. He wore the same outfit he wore on his day out with Lily, adding a brown jacket.

With fixed smiles planted on their faces, he and Catherine handed photographers a piece of paper, which repeated the words in his handwriting: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together’, with their signatures placed underneath. 

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