Trailer: New movie about Winston Churchill
Lily James spent six weeks learning to touch-type to convincingly play a secretary in upcoming movie Darkest Hour.
The Cinderella star plays Elizabeth Layton (later Nel), the secretary to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, in the biographical war drama, which follows the newly-appointed leader as he decides whether to negotiate with Hitler during the early days of World War II.
To look the part, Lily made sure she could use a typewriter without looking at the keys by undergoing six weeks' worth of preparation.
"(The director) was like, 'Could you just type 'bread and butter, bread and butter'. I had spent six weeks (learning) so I was typing exactly what Gary Oldman as Churchill was saying and I was sort of able to keep up," she told Hello! magazine.
"Now I'm very proficient and even asked my mother for a typewriter for Christmas. It's very old school and I love it. But my boyfriend (actor Matt Smith) is like, 'You'll never use it.'"