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Lily James Reveals What Happened the First Time She Met Meryl Streep

Lily James is on the cover of Allure magazine’s August 2018 issue!

Here’s what the 29-year-old Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again star had to share with the mag…

On not letting work get in the way of enjoying her life: “You could go home early and sleep and not drink beer and not have a club sandwich when you get in at 2 in the morning…But that’s not as fun. I don’t want to look back and think, I wish I’d made more of my life and the people in it. I don’t want that to be the cost of being an actor. It’s not worth it.”

On being anonymous in public: “I can just hang out in bowling alleys with loads of kids…I don’t think people expect to see Cinderella in jeans bowling at midday or in a pub having a pint.”

On what happened the first time she met Meryl Streep (she’s playing the younger version of Meryl’s character in Mamma Mia): “She was singing this song, and it’s a beautiful song, and it made me cry…. I just hugged her and said hi. She’s such a cool woman.”

For more from Lily, visit Allure.com.

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Amanda Seyfried & Lily James World Premiere 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' in London!

Lily James and Amanda Seyfried happily hit the blue carpet together while attending the world premiere of their anticipated film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again held at the Eventim Apollo on Monday (July 16) in London, England.

The two leading ladies were joined at the event by their co-stars Dominic Cooper, Jeremy Irvine, Hugh Skinner, Josh Dylan, Jessica Keenan Wynn and Alexa Davies.

Also in attendance to show their support was Amanda‘s husband Thomas Sadoski, as well as Lily‘s boyfriend Matt Smith, who didn’t hit the carpet but was spotted making his way inside the premiere separately.

FYI: Lily is wearing Oscar de la Renta. Amanda is wearing Tiffany and Co. jewels.

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Lily James Won't Return for 'Downton Abbey' Movie - Here's the Reason Why

Lily James will not be reprising her role of Lady Rose MacClare for the Downton Abbey movie!

The 29-year-old actress confirmed the news herself in a new interview.

“I spoke to Laura [Carmichael] not long ago and was texting Michelle [Dockery] about Love Island and it’s going to be really exciting. And the whole gang is coming back,” Lily told People. She said it wasn’t her busy schedule that is causing her character to miss the reunion.

“My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back,” she continued. “I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline. There was no space for Rose.”

It was announced earlier this week that the Downton Abbey movie is officially in the works with the original cast set to return.

Amanda Seyfried & Lily James Bring 'Mamma Mia' Sequel to Germany!

Amanda Seyfried and Lily James join co-star Pierce Brosnan and writer/director Ol Parker at the photo call for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again on Thursday (July 12) in Berlin, Germany.

The cast is currently on a huge press tour around the world ahead of their movie’s release on July 20.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Amanda Seyfried

Amanda, Lily, and their co-stars flew into Germany after premiering the film in Sweden the day before. Check out those photos if you missed them!

FYI: Amanda is wearing Veronica Beard pants. Lily is wearing a Brock Collection dress and Manolo Blahnik shoes.

Check out all the new photos…More Here! »

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Lily James & Amanda Seyfried Join 'Mamma Mia' Sequel Cast at Sweden Premiere!

Lily James and Amanda Seyfried are gorgeous as they strike a pose on the blue carpet at the gala premiere of their anticipated film Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again held on Wednesday (July 11) in Stockholm, Sweden.

The 29-year-old actress and Amanda, 32, were joined at the event by their cast mates Christine Baranski, Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely Shaye Smith, and Stellan Skarsgard.

That same day, Lily and Amanda rocked more casual ensembles to join their co-stars as well as composers Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, and producer Judy Craymer at their Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again press conference held at the Grand Hotel.

FYI: Lily is wearing a Saloni x Venyx dress and Jimmy Choo shoes at the premiere. Amanda is wearing a Prada dress at the premiere and Saloni dress at the press conference. Christine is wearing Lorraine Schwartz jewelry at the premiere.

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