Lily James debuted more than just her new film, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, at Comic-Con in San Diego. The Downton Abbey actress, who was last seen as blond-haired princess Cinderella in the live adaptation of the Disney tale, walked the red carpet at her film’s press conference in a low-cut embellished dress that complemented her new short brunette locks. “New hair, don’t care!” she declared in an Instagram post the following day.
The 26-year-old actress has returned to her natural hue after wrapping production on the sixth and final season of her hit period drama. Lily commenorated the somber occasion by sharing a pictured posted by her Downton co-star, Michelle Dockery (tag), captioned, “Last cast and crew photo #finalcountdown #lastdaysofdownton.”
Lily is by no means the first star to make big changes after a film role; Emma Watson famously cut her hair into a pixie crop as soon as her ten-year contract with Harry Potter came to an end, and Kristen Stewart also went for a shorter, more androgynous style after finishing Twilight.
Joining Lily in San Diego was her boyfriend, and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies co-star, Matt Smith. The couple looked very sweet and very much in love as they took part in a joint interview that same day, giggling together and sitting with their arms wrapped around each other as they chatted on a radio program.
The actress’s low-profile romance with former Doctor Who star Matt, 32, came to light last October when they were caught on camera sharing a kiss. They went public with their romance at the Milan premiere of Cinderella in February.
Lily and Matt remain coy when it comes to talking about their relationship. “In regards to your love life, you’re just entering into a whole lot of pain if you talk about it,” the actress told InStyle UK magazine in January.
“If you’ve never said anything, there are no sound bites to haunt you when you’re crying into a box of Kleenex after it all goes wrong.”