Wednesday 17 January 2018

Burlesque stars brave the cold

(Left to right) Kristen Bell, Christina Aguilera and Cher arriving at the premiere of Burlesque
(Left to right) Kristen Bell, Christina Aguilera and Cher arriving at the premiere of Burlesque

Cher and Christina Aguilera added a little sex appeal to Leicester Square at the premiere of their new film Burlesque.

Singer Christina braved the cold in a low-cut, figure-hugging black dress and a fake fur wrap, while Cher showed of bright red hair and kept warm with a leather jacket over her sheer Julien Macdonald gown.

The musical and dance extravaganza is Christina's film debut and Cher's return to the big screen after a seven-year break.

Director Steven Antin revealed he begged the 64-year-old star to take the part of Burlesque nightclub owner Tess, and claimed he tap danced to persuade her.

Asked why she accepted the role Cher said: "I wanted to sing in a film."

She added: "Yes, he did beg me. They all begged me and I kept saying 'no, no', and suddenly I found myself on the stage."

The singer revealed she enjoyed bonding with the female cast on the film.

She said: "It was really fun. The girls mostly were together and it was fun being about that many women, sitting around talking during the breaks. We got friendly."

Christina, 29, who plays aspiring singer Ali, was honoured to work with Cher and learn from her. She said: "She's absolutely amazing. She's a beautiful person inside and out and I learned a great deal from working with her."

Kristin Bell, who plays Burlesque bad girl Nikki, looked stunning in a botanical printed dress from Stella McCartney's Spring 2011 collection.

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