As if we needed more reasons to love Anne Hathaway, the actress is not only one of the best actresses of her generation, but she’s also an upstanding human being – especially when it comes to supporting her fellow women. Apart from her extremely successful acting career, Hathaway is a die-hard feminist, advocating and donating to several charities that support women in all walks of life.
For example, she supports the Lollipop Theatre Network, a non-profit organization in Los Angeles that delivers blockbusters to hospitalized children and their families. She’s also a member and supporter of ‘Step Up Women’s Network,’ a charity that focuses on mentoring young women to create the next generation of educated, strong, and independent women.
Her Mother was a Big Help
By now, it is public knowledge that Kate Hathaway, Anne’s mother, is an actress herself and had quite a successful career on the stage. In fact, when she was young, she was part of a theater group that was doing a tour of “Les Misérables” across the United States, and she played Fantine!
When Anne was considering the role for herself many years later, it was her mother, Kate, who encouraged her and gave her that last boost of self-confidence that made her take on the role. Anne consulted her mother throughout the filming for character tips and advice, asking how she could better portray such a sensitive and tragic role. When the movie came out, her mother told her she was the best Fantine she’d ever seen, and clearly, the Academy agreed.
She Got Deep Into the Character
It is well-known that Fantine in “Les Misérables” was the toughest and most acclaimed role of Hathaway’s career. We all know about the severe physical and mental strain she had to go through to look the part, but contrary to what many news outlets reported on her famous singing scene, it certainly wasn’t done in a single take.
According to Hathaway, it took over eight hours to shoot her character’s “I Dreamed a Dream” scene because the actress didn’t stop until it was perfect. “I wanted to get as deep into the character as possible,” said the actress in a later interview. FYI, it was the fourth take that made it into the movie's final version.
A True Master at Her Craft
Critics, co-stars, and audiences all lauded Hathaway’s performance in “Les Misérables.” Not only did she sacrifice her body in preparation for her role – losing over 25 pounds and nearly chopping all of her hair off – but she also underwent extreme psychological preparation. Like any brilliant actor, one must get into the character to play the role as well as humanly possible, and that’s exactly what Hathaway did.
For two months, she practiced crying in front of a mirror every day and took voice lessons that lasted hours a day, only for the scene where she sang the heart-wrenching song “I Dreamed a Dream.” The effort was definitely worth it since it earned Hathaway her first Oscar for “Best Supporting Actress.”
She Broke Her Arm While Preparing for a Role
When “Les Misérables” came out in 2012, audiences were shocked to see Hathaway on screen – of course, she couldn’t be healthy and plump while playing an unstable character with tuberculosis, but it was still shocking to see her so extremely thin.
For her role of Fantine, Hathaway had to undergo a severe diet and exercise regimen. The actress lost 25 pounds for the role, eating porridge and lettuce solely. In an interview. the actress said it felt like eating rabbit food for months. One weekend, she decided to go for a short bike ride and fell after hitting a bump. And her body was so fragile that she broke her arm immediately when hitting the ground.