Anne Hathaway covers the December issue of Vogue. LOVE her cover! Anne looks the part of her character, Fantine, in ‘Les Miserables,’ which you can see in one of the shots from the photo shoot in the gallery. Anne opened up about how badly she wanted the role of Fantine in ‘Les Miserables.’ She first saw her mother perform in the role onstage when she was seven.
“I’ll never forget it—I just sat there sobbing. And I don’t think it was just because I was watching my mother die, though that was definitely part of it. I was just so moved and felt so connected to her and the music and the whole production. I’ve been in love with the show ever since.”
When Anne expressed an interest in the role, the studio initially wasn’t interested. Apparently she wasn’t old enough to be Fantine yet not young enough for the other roles. Anne worked her magic when she got a meeting with the director, however.
“They wanted to make sure I could hit that E-flat. I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me [after the audition]. Sometimes you leave a room and you feel like maybe you’ve left the door open a crack. This time, I knew that I had slammed it shut behind me.”
Anne played the role of Fantine right after Catwoman, so she went from getting into butt-kicking shape to looking like first “effervescent” and then like a starving waif. She lost 10 pounds to shoot the earlier scenes and then took two weeks off to drop another 15 pounds. Goodness!
“I had to be obsessive about it—the idea was to look near death. Looking back on the whole experience—and I don’t judge it in any way—it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway.”
It sounds nuts, but I’m sure Anne did an amazing job. I can’t WAIT to see her in ‘Les Miserables’! You can read Anne’s entire interview, and see the entire photo shoot, in the December issue of Vogue, which hits newsstands on November 20.
Photos by Annie Leibovitz
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