The Glass Slipper Squad: 9 Actresses Who Brought Cinderella to Life
James is the latest actress to try her hand – well, more accurately, her foot – at joining the glass slipper squad. "Our Cinderella is a really strong woman dealing with life on her own terms," James, who's making her fairy tale debut Friday, tells PEOPLE.
A Cinderella Story (2004) spins the tale of two Internet pen pals who fall in love. In other words, Duff was a Tinderella before that was even a thing.
Clearing racial barriers by playing the title role in the 1997 TV movie, Brandy's royal performance was praised by the late Whitney Houston, who executive produced and played the fairy godmother. "She is Cinderella," Houston told PEOPLE. "Brandy knows what she wants, and she goes for it, just like Cinderella."
The voice actress behind the 1950 Disney classic, Woods is responsible for basically every childhood fantasy you had about meeting your Prince Charming, or riding inside of a pumpkin.
Barrymore helps tell the real story of Cinderella – and that glass slipper – in 1998's Ever After.
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Cinderella spits rhymes about her glass kicks and her sweet pumpkin ride, as most princesses would do, in an epic riff-off with Beauty and the Beast's Belle. "Some things are meant to be/Like love at first sight/Bibbidi-bobbidi-booyah/He was mine before midnight," Gellar throws down in the latest from Whitney Avalon's YouTube series, Princess Rap Battle.
"You see her as this beautiful, generous, giving character. But in reality, she's been screwed over. She doesn't have a father, she sleeps in ashes," Schram says of portraying Cinderella in a guest-star role on Once Upon a Time. "So she's had a rough life, yet she only wants to be loved. So you actually get to the base of the character, and it's really cool to look at Cinderella in a different way."