She plays the impossibly glamorous mother of Meryl Streep’s character in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. 

And Cher, 72, has revealed exactly how she looked so youthful in the hotly-tipped musical, joking that she wore ‘five pounds of make-up’ on set.

Speaking in Attitude‘s October issue, the legendary pop icon also said the director, Ol Parker, ‘really liked’ her and took ‘extra special care’ to film her in good lighting.

Modest: Cher, 72, has insisted she wore 'five pounds of make-up' to look so young on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again... as she sizzles in Attitude magazine's October issue 

Modest: Cher, 72, has insisted she wore 'five pounds of make-up' to look so young on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again... as she sizzles in Attitude magazine's October issue 

Modest: Cher, 72, has insisted she wore ‘five pounds of make-up’ to look so young on Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again… as she sizzles in Attitude magazine’s October issue 

‘Make-up. Five pounds of make-up. Also the director really liked me, and I think he took extra special care to light me,’ the Believe hitmaker said.  

‘That has a lot to do with it. He was wonderful. I didn’t really see the whole movie because I’m not quite ready. And I will see it at some point. I don’t really love seeing my movies right away.’

Aside from her scene-stealing turn in the Mamma Mia prequel-sequel, Cher has launched Dancing Queen, her new album of Abba covers.   

Discussing the album’s ‘camp’ moments, she said: ‘In my mind it wasn’t. Honestly! I didn’t mean it to be camp! I’m happy if whoever wants to think of it as that, if it makes them happy I’m pleased. 

Candid: 'Make-up. Five pounds of make-up. Also the director really liked me, and I think he took extra special care to light me,' the Believe hitmaker said 

Candid: 'Make-up. Five pounds of make-up. Also the director really liked me, and I think he took extra special care to light me,' the Believe hitmaker said 

Candid: ‘Make-up. Five pounds of make-up. Also the director really liked me, and I think he took extra special care to light me,’ the Believe hitmaker said 

‘But I didn’t mean it to be camp at all. I just thought it to be either fun or a little bit heart-breaking.’

She also discussed the eternal appeal of ABBA’s music and admitted some of them were tricky for her to sing. 

‘ABBA songs are a lot harder to sing than one might imagine. They’re much more intricate, they’re much more substantive,’ the If I Could Turn Back Time hitmaker said.

Icon: In Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Cher slips into the stilettos of Donna's frosty absent mum who was too busy focusing on her music career than on her daughter

Icon: In Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Cher slips into the stilettos of Donna's frosty absent mum who was too busy focusing on her music career than on her daughter

Icon: In Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Cher slips into the stilettos of Donna’s frosty absent mum who was too busy focusing on her music career than on her daughter

I think that people love ABBA, but I’m not so sure they appreciate them on a musical level. I don’t think they ask themselves, ‘Why am I loving this?’ 

In Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again, Cher slips into the stilettos of Donna’s frosty absent mum who was too busy focusing on her music career than on her daughter.

Yet the grandmother Ruby, who was made reference to in the first film, finally makes a surprise appearance at the grand opening of Sophie’s hotel in Greece.

Here she is! Yet the grandmother Ruby, who was made reference to in the first film, finally makes a surprise appearance at the grand opening of Sophie's hotel in Greece

Here she is! Yet the grandmother Ruby, who was made reference to in the first film, finally makes a surprise appearance at the grand opening of Sophie's hotel in Greece

Here she is! Yet the grandmother Ruby, who was made reference to in the first film, finally makes a surprise appearance at the grand opening of Sophie’s hotel in Greece

While fans waited with bated breath until the closing scenes of the sequel, it was well worth the wait as Cher performs a passionate rendition of ABBA’s Fernando.

The singer stole the show when she belted out her powerful vocals while serenading Andy Garcia in heart-wrenching scenes.

Despite her astonishing performance, Cher confessed she was ‘really frightened’ to join the star-studded Mamma Mia cast who had been together since the 2008 flick.

She told The Mirror: ‘I went into it really frightened. I didn’t like my dialogue and I didn’t see how I was going to be this woman.’  

Scared: Despite her astonishing performance, Cher confessed she was 'really frightened' to join the star-studded Mamma Mia cast who had been together since the 2008 flick (pictured on the Ellen Show)

Scared: Despite her astonishing performance, Cher confessed she was 'really frightened' to join the star-studded Mamma Mia cast who had been together since the 2008 flick (pictured on the Ellen Show)

Scared: Despite her astonishing performance, Cher confessed she was ‘really frightened’ to join the star-studded Mamma Mia cast who had been together since the 2008 flick (pictured on the Ellen Show)

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