It looks like cutting herself loose from Simon Cowell has given Leona Lewis a new breath of life.
She’s getting her debut acting role in the musical Walking on Sunshine, which was filmed in Italy and set to the greatest hits of the eighties. Leona plays a young woman coming to terms with her sister marrying her holiday romance.
The X Factor winner recalls the nerve wracking experience of auditioning for the musical:
“I remember sweating, I was so nervous. I came out of the audition and my mum and dad were supposed to pick me up, but they weren’t there. I started walking and tripped over in the street and the directors were behind me. It was so embarrassing. I was like, ‘No, that’s it, it’s gone. They think I’m crazy!’”
We can’t wait to see her in action!
Leona Lewis’s film début Walking on Sunshine has revealed its trailer.
Leona, who was crowned winner of The X Factor in 2006, has swapped the stage for the big screen in her first film role.
The movie musical tells the story of two sisters who have fallen for the same man, and features popular music from the ’80s.
The 29-year-old Bleeding Love singer, who plays the character Elena, joins the likes of comedienne Katy Brand, Sense & Sensibility actor Greg Wise and Being Human actress Annabel Scholey in the musical.
“It was something that just came along really, really quickly and this year my intention was to get refocused and re-inspired and it was perfect timing,” Leona said of the role. “I have done a lot of theatre work before, but it was quite a few years ago so getting back into that was kind of scary.”
The movie is directed by Max Giwa and Dania Pasquini, and is due to be released in cinemas on June 27th.