Though Emma Watson’s singing is front and center behind Beauty and the Beast, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) had an equally challenging journey for his respective role as the beast. Describing his outfit as a “muscle suit with stilts,” Stevens had created a back story in which the cursed prince was a dancer.
A big part of Stevens’ performance also included capturing the ambitious waltz that’s featured in the film. Taking on an iconic moment in the film required a mutual level of trust with Watson. “Getting to know Emma, first and foremost on the dance floor, I think it’s a great way, I think it’s a great way to get to know your co-star,” said Stevens. “And I’m going to try and do it with every movie I’m in now whether there’s a waltz in the movie or not.”
Click on the media bar to hear Stevens elaborate the waltz sequence in Beauty and the Beast:
Beauty and the Beast, directed by Bill Condon, is now playing nationwide.