But a casting director took one look at her heaps of blond locks and urged her to read for the starring role.
James glanced at the character synopsis on the spot and suddenly found herself desperate to slip on the glass slipper.
Indulging in sea salt caramels from Paul A Young chocolatier (uk). Buying something practical from Farringdon Locksmith & Tool Supplies, a great hardware shop full of men, hovering, too proud to ask for help on a subject they know nothing about.
James Ivory and Ismail Merchant cast him as a servant in The Remains of the Day, and as the socially inept Con Wainwright in Feast of July (1995).
Despite her easy laugh, effervescent eyes and dancing smile, the London-based actress admits to being drawn to shadowy, enigmatic narratives.
“It’s weird when you get roles that coincide with your life,” says James, whose father — the British actor and musician James Thomson — died in 2008 after a battle with cancer.
While revealing her kissing experience Oona claims Richard to be the best kisser filled with skills, however, in real life, the actress has completely under cast the idea of dating her on-screen husband.
Richard Madden is currently in a relationship with actress Suki Waterhouse.