Charlie's Angels star Ella Balinska reveals she was working in Selfridges when she got her big break as she discusses 'special bond' with Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott
She is set to star in Elizabeth Banks reboot of Charlie's Angels.
And Ella Balinska revealed she had been working in Selfridges for three years before she received a phone call asking her to feature in the film alongside Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott.
The actress, 23, who will play ex MI6 agent Jane Kano, told the Evening Standard Magazine: 'I worked for the better part of three years in the men’s shoe department.
Ella Balinska discusses Charlie's Angels, her 'special bond' with Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott and having a showbiz mum in an interview with Evening Standard Magazine
'I only left last May. They let me take two-hour lunch breaks when I had an audition. The friends I made there would read my lines with me in the stockroom.’
Ella added: 'It sounds so weird, but [Selfridges] is a really cool place to ground yourself.
'I know I sound ridiculous -"Yes, I go to Selfridges to ground myself" - but it feels like where I came from, if that makes sense. The most important thing for me is that I want to stay true to myself. I always want to be genuine.’
Gorgeous: Ella stuns in the accompanying covershoot where she models a purple feather dress before teasing her long legs in a dramatic strapless red dress
Big break: Ella Balinska revealed she had been working in Selfridges for three years before she received a phone call asking her to star in Charlie's Angels
Read all about it: The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine
The film -scheduled for release on Friday November 29- follows Ella, Kristen Stewart and Naomi Scott as they work for the mysterious Charles Townsend and his security and investigative agency.
The Angels have been ratched up into an international organisation with multiple teams - guided by multiple Bosleys.
On the rapport she developed with the girls, Ella said: 'Kristen’s really awesome. And so smart: the way she delivers lines, the way she sets you up for certain things. She’s very instinctive — a real artist. We clicked immediately, and it was the same with Naomi. The three of us had instant chemistry.'
And the trio even hung out off set. 'We had a lot of dinners. We cooked for each other, which was so nice. We had each other over and showed each other short films that we’d done. It’s a really special bond,' Ella admitted.
Despite working in Selfridges, the actress was brought up in a showbiz family with her mum Lorraine Pascales regularly starring on the TV as a chef.
And while Ella is following in her parents' footsteps but is adamant she won't let the new-found fame get to her head.
'Rihanna still takes the Tube. You can be a massive, huge star and still live a totally normal life. So that’s what I aspire to have. Fame is only what you endow it with,' she said.
Ella stuns in the accompanying covershoot where she models a purple feather dress before teasing her long legs in a dramatic strapless red dress.
The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine.
New story: In director Elizabeth Banks' vision, the Angels have been recruited into an international organisation with multiple teams