Lily James finally made her first TV appearance following the Dominic West scandal after pulling out of a series of interviews earlier this week.
The actress, 31, failed to address that romantic weekend break in Rome where she was pictured kissing the married The Affair actor, 51, when she appeared on the Jimmy Fallon show on Wednesday.
The nervous looking star did address Mamma Mia 3! rumours during the chat and spoke about upcoming movie project, Rebecca, in which she stars with Armie Hammer, 34.
Jimmy, 46, did not broach the scandalous subject which saw Dominic and his wife Catherine FitzGerald, 49, take part in a bizarre photocall outside their Cotswolds home last week, insisting their ‘marriage was strong.’
She’s BACK! Lily James finally made her first TV appearance following the Dominic West controversy on the Jimmy Fallon show on Wednesday after pulling out of a series of interviews, but failed to mention him
Lily’s interview segment opened with Jimmy asking about her quarantine project of teaching a Broadway class over Zoom.
She said it was her first time teaching and the project consisted of Broadway and West End professionals teaching theatre classes online to students.
‘It’s great because, you know, when these performers can’t perform because of lockdown they’re getting to share their skills and people at home can be creative and learn and try and have some fun,’ Lily said.
‘I was teaching audition technique which is insane because I am terrible at auditions. I auditioned for Mamma Mia! during Glastonbury weekend. I knew I had to sing in this audition, I was desperate for this part.
Cosy: Almost two weeks ago, Lily, 31, caused shockwaves around the globe when she was seen getting close with married Dominic, 51, during a trip to Rome
‘It was due to be scheduled at the end of Glastonbury. I knew for sure that after screaming in a field for five days there was no way I would be able to sing, so I did it on the way in the car.
‘I had the car parked and filled to the brim with wellies. I went to Glasto. My phone ran out of battery
‘It wasn’t until on the way home, I plugged my phone in and my agent called me. I was like, [raspy voice]… “Hello!”
‘She said: “You got the job!” I said “Please say it doesn’t start soon”.’
Fallon asked Lily: ‘The producers say it was meant to be a trilogy, so there may be a Mamma Mia! 3 in the works. Would you be interested?’
Keeping quiet: The English actress was a remote guest on the show after previously pulling out of planned appearances to promote the film
Quarantine project: Jimmy, 46, did not broach the scandalous subject and opened Lily’s interview segment by asking about her quarantine project of teaching a Broadway class over Zoom
‘Yes, I would do 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,’ she replied. ‘I’m down. Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m theirs.’
Lily also plugged her new movie Rebecca and particularly praised her co-star Kristin Scott Thomas, 60, for her work in the movie.
‘She’s just chilling and wonderful in every way,’ Lily said.
Lily’s appearance comes after she pulled out of a press junket with just 45 minutes and no explanation the day after she was pictured with Dominic.
Audition technique: Lily said she was teaching ‘audition technique’ and shared her audition story for the sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Sequels volunteer: ‘Yeah, I’d want to do like 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I’m down. I’m like signed, sealed and delivered like that,’ Lily said when asked if she’d be interested in a Mamma Mia 3
Judi James, body language expert said…
Judi told MailOnline: ‘Lily James looked ‘about as comfortable as a trainee tightrope walker’.
‘She began with an air of modest sweetness that included a head-tilt, downward glances and a tentative smile that was pulled down at the corners and which didn’t quite make it as far as her eyes.
‘Waiting for her first question, that head-tilt increased, suggesting vulnerability, and she performed a lip-bite and small tongue-poke to hint at some anxiety.
‘Lily’s hand gestures were often limp and with the wrists bent. When she mentioned trying to “have some fun” her mouth pulled up at one side in what looked like a grimace’
Lily caused shockwaves around the globe when she was seen getting close with married Dominic during a trip to Rome on October 11, before he insisted all was well in his marriage.
Lily and Dominic both star in an upcoming BBC series together and they recently enjoyed a two-day vacation in Italy where they were seen riding on a scooter through Rome.
Dominic appeared at one point to lean over and kiss Lily’s neck and they reportedly put on a cosy display during their British Airways flight home.
The day after Lily and Dominic’s cosy pictures emerged, the actress pulled out of the interview, with a source telling Page Six: ‘It was a two-day junket.
‘On the first day, Lily was joined by the producers who it seemed were there to protect her from anyone asking questions about the photos.
‘The next day, when members of the HFPA and others were due to talk to her, she pulled out at the 11th hour. There was no explanation.’
Lily’s last minute decision to pull out sparked a wave of cancellations, as she then scrapped planned appearances on Friday’s installment of The Graham Norton Show and Monday’s Today show in America.
A press release sent out by The Graham Norton Show’s representatives stated that Lily’s Rebecca co-star Kristin Scott Thomas will feature instead, confirming:
‘Lily James will appear on the show at a later date.’
The Mamma Mia! star was set to appear on NBC’s Today show to promote her new Netflix drama Rebecca alongside her co-star Armie, 34, on Monday.
Netflix movie: Lily, shown in a still from the Netflix film Rebecca with Armie Hammer, particularly praised her co-star Kristin Scott Thomas, 60, for her work in the movie
Cancelled: Lily recently pulled out of a press junket with just 45 minutes and no explanation the day after she was pictured canoodling with married actor Dominic
However, both the actress, who stars as the lead in the Daphne Du Maurier adaptation, and Armie are pulled out of the show over the weekend.
Lily is still slated to appear on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show on Thursday, but it’s not clear if she’ll still appear on the night-time program.
She has since appeared on a BBC podcast giving a playful interview with her Rebecca co-star Armie Hammer, yet although it was released on Monday, it is not known exactly when it was filmed.
MailOnline has contacted Lily’s representatives for comment.
The reports come after Lily and Dominic who, both star in an upcoming BBC series together, enjoyed a two-day vacation in Italy where they were seen riding on a scooter through Rome, and Dominic appeared to at one point lean over and kiss Lily’s neck.
A source told MailOnline Dominic and Lily spent two nights in a suite at the top Hotel De La Ville with a panoramic view over the city and just at two minutes walk from the Spanish steps.
Oh my: The reports come after Lily and Dominic who, both star in an upcoming BBC series together, enjoyed a two-day vacation in Italy where they were seen riding on a scooter
They only left the hotel for a few hours riding an electric scooter around the Spanish Steps and Piazza di Pietra. While for lunch they joined their friend and mutual manager Angharad Wood at a downtown restaurant.
At the end of lunch Lily sat next to Dominic couldn’t resist nuzzling her neck and stroking her.
Dominic and Lily were then spotted putting on a very cosy display by ‘kissing and cuddling’ during their British Airways flight gome, it has been claimed.
They were pictured wearing face masks as they made their way through the Rome terminal to catch their UK-bound flight.
A source has claimed that the pair wasted no time in kicking off their romantic weekend and were ‘all over each other’ while travelling, reports The Sun.
A source told the publication: ‘At first, I thought she was his daughter, as I knew he was around 50 and you could tell she was a lot younger. Within minutes of the plane leaving, they began kissing and cuddling after both removed their masks.
‘They looked like a couple heading for a dirty weekend and they were all over each other. They were French kissing and there was a lot of necking going on.’
Cosy: A source claimed they put on a very cosy display by ‘kissing and cuddling’ during their British Airways flight to Rome, it has been claimed (pictured together at the airport)
Dominic is best known for playing Noah Solloway in Showtime drama, The Affair, which explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship between his character and a younger woman, named Alison Bailey (Ruth Wilson).
Since the pictures of Dominic and Lily in Rome came to light, he has put on a defiant display with his wife Catherine.
Just hours after she told friends she was ‘heartbroken’ over the images, which went viral, Catherine agreed to take part in a bizarre show of unity with The Affair star, with him telling reporters: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together’.
The mother-of-four gingerly stepped out of the marital home in Chippenham, Wiltshire, on October 12 with her husband, hiding her ring finger in her jeans pocket.
With fixed smiles planted on their faces, he and Catherine handed photographers a piece of paper, which repeated the words in his handwriting: ‘Our marriage is strong and we’re very much still together’, with their signatures placed underneath.
Married: Since the pictures of Dominic and Lily in Rome came to light, he has put on a defiant display with his wife Catherine, telling reporters: ‘Our marriage is strong’
The previous Thursday, it was announced that Lily had split from The Crown star Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to rekindle their relationship in lockdown following an on-off five year romance.
Lily and Dominic are set to star in Emily Mortimer’s adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s celebrated novel The Pursuit Of Love for the BBC featuring Emily Beecham & Andrew Scott and filming began in July.
The three part romantic comedy-drama about love and friendship is filming on location in the Bristol and Bath area and at The Bottle Yard Studios.
Set in Europe between the two World Wars, the story follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett, played by Lily and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan, played by Beecham.
But the pair go way back and starred in Othello together at Sheffield’s Crucible back in 2011. Lily played Desdemona when she was 22 and Dominic played Iago, aged 41.
Done and dusted: Last Thursday, it was announced that Lily had split from Matt Smith, 37, for good after a failed attempt to rekindle their relationship in lockdown (pictured in 2015)