“Beauty and the Beast” star Emma Watson was deeply involved in crafting her character Belle for Disney’s latest live movie adaptation, and she even gave a lot of input with regards to Belle’s costumes.
One dress, in particular, received a lot of attention from the actress — the magical yellow dress Belle wears when she dances with the Beast (Dan Stevens).
“I really embraced working on the dress, making sure that it was utterly whimsical, and magical. The scene that I wear that dress in, and I have that dance in, it really tells the story of Beast and Belle falling in love,” said Watson, according to Movie Pilot.
“You know, we don't have a huge amount of time in the story to tell that story. The dance, for me, is really where the audience starts to see it happening and starts knowing that it is happening,” she continued. “This is total, blissful escapism. You are transported to another world. The dress, and the dancing, and the candlelight, and the music — it was really fun to work on every aspect of that.”
Earlier, Watson told Entertainment Weekly that Belle has an exciting new backstory in the upcoming film. In the animated movie, all fans knew about Belle was that she was a devoted daughter who had a deep passion for books. This time, they gave her some unique skills and talents.
“In the animated movie, it’s her father who is the inventor, and we actually co-opted that for Belle. I was like, ‘Well, there was never very much information or detail at the beginning of the story as to why Belle didn’t fit in, other than she liked books,” she explained. “Also what is she doing with her time? So, we created a backstory for her, which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
“Beauty and the Beast” will hit cinemas on March 17, 2017.