Lily James “Kept Having Panic Attacks” After The Filming Of Her Latest Netflix Project

BY Harper's BAZAAR U.K. / Dec 9 2019 / 17:27 PM

She struggled with the "difficult headspace"

Lily James “Kept Having Panic Attacks” After The Filming Of Her Latest Netflix Project
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Lily James has revealed that she struggled with panic attacks after the filming of Rebecca.

James plays newlywed Mrs de Winter in the Netflix movie, which is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s gothic novel.

It tells the story of James’ character beginning married life, where she clashes with the oppressive housekeeper of the family estate, played by Kristin Scott Thomas.

She marries Maxim de Winter, played by Armie Hammer, but struggles to live in the shadow of her popular predecessor Rebecca, and experiences bullying and gaslighting.

“I found it really hard to let go of the character,” James explained to an audience at the International Film Festival & Awards Macao.

“She’s really bullied and gaslighted, she lives in a difficult headspace. I kept having panic attacks after it finished, I couldn’t shake it off.”

Kick-Ass writer Jane Goldman has adapted the screenplay from du Maurier's novel, while Kill List's Ben Wheatley directed.

Rebecca was famously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock in 1940 and starred Hollywood legends Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine. It was later developed into a TV mini-series featuring Charles Dance and Emilia Fox.

Rebecca will premiere in 2020.


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