Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 29 July 2014

Hathaway: I let rip for big song

Anne Hathaway sings I Dreamed A Dream in Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway has confessed she was crippled by nerves performing her big number I Dreamed A Dream on the set of Les Miserables.

The actress plays tragic heroine Fantine in the musical and revealed director Tom Hopper tried to play down the famous song to put her at ease.

Anne explained: "It came right after I cut off my hair so it was a little bit of an intense one-two punch. It wasn't my favourite scene to shoot just because there was so much pressure of expectation.

"I had gone to Tom and said I was starting to feel nervous about a week before. He said, 'Listen. It's not an iconic song. You mustn't think about it like that. It's this woman's howl. It's her processing what's just happened to her.'

"But I couldn't stop thinking about how if I messed it up how exposed I would feel.

"So I did the first take and I was so angry with myself because it wasn't good enough. I dug in a little deeper and we did the second take and it wasn't there and I just thought, 'Oh, God.' I started the third take and I just said, 'No, no. Stop. I'm sorry. The balance, it's off.'

"And that's when I took the earpieces and stuck them in my ears. I closed my eyes and I remember thinking, 'Hathaway, if you do not do this in this moment, you have no right to call yourself an actor. Put aside all that bulls*** and just do your job.' I opened my eyes and I'm like, 'Let's go.' And I did it. That was the one that I let rip and that was the one that was in the piece."

Les Miserables opens in the UK on January 11.

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Leo:

Don't confuse love with lust. Having a physical relationship with someone isn't an indication of emotional commitment. If you're with someone who doesn't want to spend time with you outside the bedroom, move on to greener pastures. It's sometimes difficult to face the truth of a situation like this. When in doubt, talk to a trusted friend. They'll give you an honest assessment of this bond. A relative may ask to come to their rescue. Fortunately, you have the necessary resources to bail them out.More