In February’s Bazaar, writer Tom Shone meets Anne Hathaway, who plays tragic heroine Fantine in 2013’s first blockbuster Les Miserables.
In a remarkably candid interview, the star opens up about her tumultuous romantic past and blissed-out present and describes how she prepped for a coming-of-age role.
Styled by Bazaar’s new senior contributing editor Leith Clark, Hathaway exudes gamine charm in Alexander McQueen, Dior and Louis Vuitton.
Also in this issue, Magnum photographer Olivia Arthur offers a perspective on Hollywood royalty you’ll never have seen before, Hannah Rothschild anatomises the new A list, and Florence Welch sings her heart in LA.
In our beauty pages we reveal A-list secrets and tell tales from the world’s most glamorous powder rooms, while in our travel section Erin O’Connor reports from Mauritius.
We hope you agree our February issue is the perfect antidote to the winter blues…and you can watch our behind the scenes video from the February cover shoot below.
Opening on Christmas Day is director Tom Hooper’s fantastic adaptation of Les Miserables. Loaded with great performances and top notch filmmaking, Les Mis is absolutely a contender for all the year end awards and it would shock me if Anne Hathaway doesn’t win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible work as Fantine. Her one take rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was incredible and it’s the type of performance that’s unforgettable. For more on the film, here are five clips and all our previous coverage.
At the recent NYC press day for the film I got to participate in a press conference with Hathaway, Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and Samantha Barks (Éponine). They talked about making the film, how they prepared for their roles, their characters, singing live on set, and so much more. Hit the jump to either listen to the press conference or read the transcript.
If you’d like to listen to the audio from the press conference click here. Otherwise the full transcript is below.
Question: First of all it was fantastic. There’s a lot of crying in this film-
Anne Hathaway: From the audiences or the actors?
Anne, Tom mentioned that you practiced crying while singing, and Samantha, you sang with rain coming down onto your face. I’m always curious about how actors cry on film, the secrets to that, and also how you managed to cry and sing at the same time.
With awards season underway, Anne Hathaway is going to be walking lots of red carpets. The film adaptation of “Les Miserables” was just nominated for a Golden Globe, the film for which was also nominated for Best Supporting Actress. Fox 411 talked to Hathaway about her success stepping into the role her mother once played.
Fox 411: How important was it that you did the live singing in ‘Les Mis’?
Anne Hathaway: Taking on these roles were a tremendous responsibility not just to the audience. but to ourselves as “Les Mis” fans. So the live singing I think gave us an opportunity to channel all of that expectation and pressure on ourselves into a tangible result which none of us took for granted. None of us came to set any day overconfident in our abilities, we were all starting from square one, we were all exploring a skill set that we hadn’t even developed by the first day of filming. It was vulnerable but it was also very freeing you know – there’s that wonderful phrase that within great crisis lies opportunity, and I think we all felt we were in a little bit of a crisis everyday not knowing what was going to happen but we also knew that there was a tremendous opportunity at the very core of that.
Fox 411: People may not know you can sing like this, what is your background?
Hathaway: My history with the show began when I was seven. My mother was cast in the ensemble and as the factory girl, and as the Fantine understudy, so my second time I actually saw the show I got to see my mother play Fantine, which is the role I play in the film. Since then I just had it in my head. I think that was the show that made me really want to be an actress and really have a concept of getting up and performing and telling a story through performance and I’ve just loved singing ever since then. I’ve been studying voice for about 10 years now, never with anything like this in mind, just because I really love doing it. So yeah, I’m kind of amazed that I didn’t really expect singing to ever play a big part of my life I just thought it was something that I liked to do, so it’s kind of crazy that this particular show has come about in this way in my life.
FOX 411: Oscar buzz! What does that mean to you?
Hathaway: It’s hugely flattering but nothing is real yet, so it’s lovely that people are talking about it. So I’m of two minds, which is one, ‘Oh my gosh could you imagine if it came true?’ and two, ‘Can you imagine how embarrassing it’ll be if it doesn’t happen if I don’t get nominated?’ So I’m just trying to keep my feet on the ground at the moment.
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