It seems like
weíve known Anne Hathaway forever, but surprisingly weíve just passed
the ten-year anniversary of her first film, The Princess Diaries.
Itís been quite a
whirlwind of a decade for the perky, beautiful actress.
watched her grow up as she has become a superstar due to head-turning
and varied performances in films like The Devil Wears Prada,
Brokeback Mountain, Rachel Getting Married, Get Smart, Becoming Jane
and Love and Other Drugs.
Her latest role
may be her most difficult yet Ė and ironically, we get to watch her character grow over the period
much like we have
for her career. In One Day, she plays Emma, a working class
British woman who ages on camera from University to her late 30s.
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by David Nicholls,
the film drops in a single day (July 15th) in the life of two
friends every year from 1988 to the present day.
In 1988, Emma is
a shy, bookish student with a crush on Dexter (played by
Jim Sturgess of 21 and Across the Universe). An
attempted fling is derailed by fate, but a long friendship
perseveres. The two stick together through good times and bad,
through bad jobs and wild nights, through relationships and kids,
through money problems and identity crises.
always knows they are meant to be together, but it takes them a longer and more varied route to come to this realization.
As One Day
is being released, Hathaway is also working on her latest blockbuster,
playing Catwoman in Christopher Nolanís third Batman film, The
Dark Knight Rises.
About a week
before the premiere of One Day, we were lucky enough to be
included in a small group of media outlets that were invited to the
Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York to speak with Hathaway
about the film.
do you create a character that is going to have an arc from college
to her 40s? What about her did you cling to over all those years?
(laughs) I clung to the book, tightly. (long pause) I
imagined Emma as a butterfly. I know that sounds very romantic, but
just wait, it gets violent. (laughs again) Now, everyone
knows a caterpillar makes a cocoon around itself and becomes a
butterfly, but I didn't realize is that's really a horrifically
painful process in which the caterpillar is basically torn apart and
then is allowed emerge a butterfly. I also had a magnet that I
clung to very strongly in this movie which said ďJust when the
caterpillar thought the world was over, it turned into a
butterfly.Ē The thing that I clung to about Emma was that she's a
survivor. She is someone who gets up when you knock her down. She
is somebody who wants to grow. She is somebody who wants to be her
best self. She's somebody who, contrary to what she might profess,
is somebody who believes that things are going to turn out okay.
Itís hard for her to admit that. I donít think itís really in her
upbringing. I donít think itís really a world view that she was
raised with, but she knows on some level that sheís going to make a
life thatís okay for herself.
Do you think that
if Emma and Dexter had hooked up in the beginning that their
relationship would have lasted as long as it did?
No, not at all.
Definitely not. I think that he would have treated her very badly
and she wouldnít have had enough self-possession to call him out on
it. In the early stagesÖ she gets more comfortable with him, but
when they first meet, she kind of walks on egg shells around him.
Itís one of the bittersweet parts of the story that I donít think
they could have gotten together a day before they did.
Do you believe in
friendships between women and men and have you had any experiences
like that in your own life?
believe in friendship between a man and a woman. I think that the
friendship stays purer when each of the people is in a
relationship. Itís a lot easier to keep your emotions from getting
messy. Itís harder when you are not in a relationship, because
emotions are messy. (laughs) Have I had friendships
where there is that little frisson? Absolutely!
you have a crush on your male friend or your male friend have a
crush on you?
Iíve totally had
crushes on male friends. I donít know if any of them have ever had
a crush on me. Nobodyís ever told me about it, soÖ. (laughs)
Do you wish that
Iíve been in a
relationship for three years now, so that part of me is kind of in
the past. Hopefully things will continue to go well in my
relationship, so I think that part of my life may be over.
Are you friends
with your boyfriend?
Oh, yeah! Heís
my best friend. Absolutely. Absolutely. I mean I donít want to
talk about my relationship that much, but I think part of the reason
why Iím so happy in my relationship is because heís not just my
boyfriend. We are a lot of things to each other.
you the most about seeing the final cut of the movie? Also, how do
you prefer to see final cuts Ė private screenings or in the
I like to see
things privately, with a few carefully chosen friends around me, to
be able to talk about it, afterwards. I havenít had a chance to see
this one, yet. I saw a rough cut a few months back on a computer Ė
then I had to break the disk and do dramatic things.
of the writers jokingly reveals a plot point about her character,
which we will not reveal so as not to ruin the surprise.)
(laughs, then mock horrified) OMG! WTF? I have to see this
movie! (calms down) Itís okay. Itís okay. I read the
book. Do not put that in your article! Youíll ruin it for the
world, if I havenít already. So, ideally, thatís the way I like to
[watch films]. I havenít had the chance to do that one yet. I
didnít sit through the screening last night because there was press
there and there was going to be press to do afterwards and I like to
be free to react any way I want, you know? When you have to be
professional, you are not totally free all the time. So I will
probably sneak into a theater somewhere in Pittsburgh [where she is
filming the latest Batman film] and go to see the movie the
opening weekend. Hopefully there will be other people in the
audience. (laughs) Maybe it will be an unplanned private
Can you talk a
little bit about how you brought Emma to life?
The first thing
was getting into the accent. The accent was key. It informs so
much about Emma and Dexter's relationship that we don't necessarily
talk about in the movie, but a huge part of the book is the class
difference between them, and how that's actually one of the things
that keeps them from getting together early on. It's one of the
things that keeps Emma from feeling totally comfortable and
confident in this life that she's trying to establish for herself.
So that was pretty key. Understanding her education Ė one of things
that I did was I tried to read as many books that David [Nicholls]
mentions by name in the novel. In fact, Iím a really good reader
and they were a little arduous. (laughs) I much preferred
Dexterís. Heís always reading The Face magazine and I was
like: can I do that? I just went to England as early as I could and
tried to pay attention. Just went up to every single person I could
meet from Yorkshire and just asked them as many questions as I
could. Kate Fox wrote a book, Iím blanking on the title right now.
I think itís called either Studying the English or
Watching the English or Learning the English or something
like that. [Itís called Watching the English: The Hidden
Rules of English Behaviour.] But itís an amazing book and it
breaks down a lot of typically British characteristics. It really
Were you aware of
One Day novel before you got the part?
I was sent the
script first. As soon as I read the script, I was deeply in love
with it. Then I read the book and I fell even more in love with the
whole idea. Then I did a full-scale assault on [director] Lone [Scherfig,
who had previously done An Education] to get me the role.
(chuckles) So, I knew it.
were really chic in the scenes in Paris. In fact you always are.
What were you wearing, who are you wearing today and who are your
In the Parisian
scenes, everything I wore was vintage or recreated from vintage.
The look was informed by the book. When Emma got to Paris, I loved
that description that David put in that she bought a blouse that
cost way too much money. She decided to splurge and was trying to
decide to button the second button or the third button and in the
book Dexter calls her out on the unbuttoning of it. Itís such a
great detail. We didnít have a very large budget on this movie,
especially considering all the change that had to happen. You would
expect over 20 years to have a huge budget, but we had geniuses
working. Odile Dicks-Mireaux was the costume designer and Ivana
Primorac was the hair and make-up supervisor. I donít know how they
did it. They literally spun gold for pennies. So that was the
Parisian thing. I like the idea that Emma had finally arrived at
the place where she let her full romantic self out. She had a Jean
Seberg haircut, a vintage dress. Loved it. Then what am I wearing
today? Today I am wearing Band of Outsiders. My favorite designers
are Valentino, of course, Yves Saint Laurent, Vivian Westwood andÖ
gosh thereís so many. And of course Sarah Burton for Alexander
McQueen. It was just like, whoa, thank you so much for giving us
Kate Middletonís wedding dress. It was totally a highlight. Itís
been a highlight of this new decade. (laughs)
This story is
about a straight couple, but how do you think this story will play
for a gay audience?
universal. Anybody who has a heart can relate to what it is to have
it broken again and again and again by a person. Thatís, as I say,
universal. Gay, straight, questioning, whatever you are.
you know gay couples like Emma does?
Oh, my God! Yes,
I went to Vassar. (laughs) I have friends from Vassar who
we have like a pod now. Weíve all been in each othersí lives for
And now gay love
is recognized here in New YorkÖ
Yes! Round of applause for New York! I was so happy. I
couldnít believe it. I was just following it. I was out of the
country, so I was on my computer: updating, updating, updating. All
the pictures of the couples that have been together for so many
years Ė some people together over 60 years. Those two ladies that
got married first, adorable. And that wonderful couple they had a
profile done on them: one gentleman is his 80s and the other
gentleman was in his 70s. Theyíve been together for 65 years. Itís
just beautiful. Long overdue, but so welcome. Now, the rest of
America, get on it! Enough of your nonsense, your foolishness.
Emma and Dexter
change from year to year, but there is still something about them
that stays the same. What about you do you see changing from year
to year and what stays the same?
I'm happier. I
get happier every year. I find that as I get older I take in life
more and I think that's making me a better person. As I get older I
find that Iíve become more trusting, but I trust fewer people. The
people I do trust, it's just gone much deeper. What stays the
same? Iím really curious. Iím a really curious person. I believe
that imagination is not something you grow out of. I find that
stays the same. And I love books.
Do you have a
date that changed your life forever, like July 15 does in this
That was the day
Ė August 3, 2001 Ė that The Princess Diaries came out. That
date changed my life. It's funny because I have so many memories
from my life, but I'm so bad at remembering dates. But I just had
to say that date so many times to try to get people to go see the
movie that I remembered what it was. How embarrassing would it be
if it was actually August 5? (laughs) I never remember that
it's coming, but at some point every August 3rd for the past 10
years I remember that was the date and I just give thanks to the
universe. A big, big, big openhearted thank you because that was
the day that a bunch of dreams came true for me. There are a lot of
aspects to my life that are very real, but there are a lot of
aspects to my life that are fairy tale, and that was the day that my
fairy tale started.
very important for Emma and Dexter to not only have romantic
chemistry, but also be believable as friends. How quickly did you
and Jim click together?
Oh, itís very
hard to not get along with Jim. If you donít get along with Jim
then there is something seriously wrong with you. I was inclined to
adore Jim because we have a lot of friends in common. You know when
there are those people that when their name is mentioned, everything
stops? People grab you by the shoulder and they peer deep, deep,
deep into your eyes? I think they think they are talking to your
soul, but really theyíre just looking kind of bugged out. They just
shake you a little bit and describe their love for this person.
That happened to me half a dozen times when I told people I was
working with Jim. I kind of knew that I was going to be meeting
somebody that was pretty awesome. And he did not disappoint. Now I
am one of those bug-eyed people. (laughs) Iím going to take
each of you by the shoulder and tell you about Jim Sturgess. He is
a rad, rad, rad person. Itís really nice when someone can make you
a better actor, but it is better when they make you a better
person. Jimís made me a better person.
You have been
hired as Catwoman in
The Dark Knight
Rises. How did you get hired? Without giving away any spoilers,
what is your interpretation of the character?
I canít talk
about the interpretation, because that is just a hermetically sealed
secret. I mean if you want to take on Chris Nolan, youíre welcome
to. Iím intimidated. The process for getting The Dark Knight
Rises was: Chris met with a bunch of girls to have a general
[idea.] Then he culled the list down about three and a half months
later to do screen tests. Literally all ofÖ women are XX
Yeah, so everyone
with a XX chromosome in Hollywood was literally just sitting on pins
and needles for three and a half months. Then, I understood, he
screen tested a few of us. I felt bad because that weekend Ė we
tested I think on Thursday and the Golden Globes were that Sunday.
I didnít mean to, but wherever I went that weekend I just kept
bumping into Chris. Iím like; I swear Iím not stalking you.
(laughs) Iím not trying to force your hand. Iím not reading
anything into anything. But, it was really nice, because a bunch of
people that I had screen tested with, like Wally, the DP and Jordan
the producer and people, because they were all nominated for
Inception, I saw them that night and they all made a point of
coming up to me and telling me how well I did. So I thought it had
gone well, but you never want to get your hopes up too high. A few
days later, I was back in Brooklyn and my manager called me. I
answered the phone and she goes, ďMeowÖĒ And I was like, ha ha. Oh
wait, really? She said yes and I just celebrated. Celebrated! One
of the best days of my life. Maybe I should know that date.
January something. It was the Tuesday after the Golden Globes, so I
should just get a calendar.
movie is so romantic and sweet and it seems to be coming out at an
interesting time, surrounded by every crass comedy in the world.
What do you think the audiences will get from
HmmÖ Well I
havenít seen it. (laughs) But what Iíve been told is itís
up there with the classic love stories. I think itís a movie that
challenges audiences. Iíve seen parts of it, and just judging by
peopleís reactions itís one of those movies that demands a lot of
its audience. It requires you to open your heart and feel. A lot
of movies donít mind if you feel. They approach the realm of
feeling, but they donít ask you to really enter it. Itís a shame,
because I personally think there are few things more satisfying in
life than crying in a dark room with strangers. I know that sounds
a little funny, but go to see One Day at 4 oíclock on a
Wednesday, youíll know what Iím talking about. So if people are in
the mood to feel things, weíre the movie for you. Weíll see if they
Do you believe in
Of course I do.
What a drab life you would have if you didn't. I don't know that I
necessarily believe the traditional romantic view that there is one
person out there for everyone. I think that we have many soul
mates. Our souls are vast and therefore we must meet other souls
that connect with that. I think there is probably one soul out
there that lights up your soul more than any other one. And I think
that's what a soul mate is; just someone who lights you up and you
light up in return.
Yes, it would be
horrible if you have just one soul mate and you donít meet themÖ
Yes, thatís like
the saddest thing ever. By the way, my friends are my soul mates.
My dog is my fucking soul mate. I think that the idea of having a
soul mate is true, but to limit it one is mistaken. We are much
more complex and vast than that.
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