Billy Porter says that the upcoming 'Cinderella' remake starring Camila Cabello is 'for a new generation': 'It's not about a woman needing a man for validation'

  • Billy Porter, who stars alongside Camila Cabello in an upcoming "Cinderella" remake, spoke to Insider about how this reimagining will stand apart from previously released versions.
  • "It's a 'Cinderella' for a new generation," Porter, who's promoting his partnership with Clorox Scentiva and their Spring Queening campaign, told Insider.
  • The actor, who will play a version of the Fairy Godmother called Fab G, added: "It's not about women needing a man for validation. It's about women empowering themselves, and that's a really great message to be sending out into the world."
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Billy Porter says that the upcoming "Cinderella" remake, which he stars in with 23-year-old singer Camila Cabello, is "for the new era."

"It's a 'Cinderella' for a new generation," Porter, who's promoting his partnership with Clorox Scentiva and their Spring Queening campaign, told Insider.

The 50-year-old entertainer continued: "It's not about women needing a man for validation. It's about women empowering themselves, and that's a really great message to be sending out into the world."

Although the story of Cinderella has been depicted for decades in movies, plays, and TV shows, Porter said that the latest version shows "a different perspective" and stands apart from its predecessors. 

Billy Porter said that the reimagined "Cinderella" movie has a "great message" about female empowerment.
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In the upcoming remake, Porter will take on the iconic role of the Fairy Godmother. But this time around, the character is called Fab G. The award-winning actor will reportedly star alongside Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, John Mulaney, and James Corden in the movie.

Porter said that he has already met Cabello and worked with her on set.

"She's awesome," the actor said. "She's talented, she's sweet, she's a doll. She really understands what's happened to her, and she's thankful and grateful and all the things that you would like to see. It's beautiful."

He added: "She's like a sponge on set. This is her first movie, so she's just a sponge and it's really sweet to see."

Camila Cabello is starring alongside Billy Porter in an upcoming "Cinderella" remake.
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Porter also said that he didn't feel the impact of his role "until I was on set, because that was when it really hit me, the magnitude of what this means."

"All I have to do is show up and be," he said of his part. "I had to fly. They hired me to be me. That's just part of this kind of success, is that they're calling me to now be myself. It's awesome."

Porter told us that being part of "Cinderella" is similar to his partnership with Clorox, in that he's using his status as a well-known entertainer and activist to make an impact.

"Just like Clorox and having me in this position right now, it's the same thing with 'Cinderella,'" he said. "I'm playing Fairy Godmother, something that's usually associated with women." 

"I love that [Clorox] chose me, because who I am and what I represent is very specific and really shows that this moment is about inclusivity and moving the needle towards self-acceptance and humanity and self-care and all those things," the actor said.

Billy Porter in February 2020.
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"Cinderella" is reportedly set for release on February 5, 2021 and you can also expect to see Porter reprise his Emmy-winning role as Pray Tell on season three of FX's "Pose," which he begins filming on Wednesday.

Porter, who released a single titled "Love Yourself" in 2019, is also working on new music and will be voicing the Venus flytrap (previously referred to as Audrey II) in an upcoming film adaptation of the musical "Little Shop of Horrors." 

The actor also has an Emmy, a Tony, and Grammy — and he wouldn't mind "eventually" reaching EGOT status.

"We'll see. It's not really up to me, but I hope."

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