Anne Hathaway scored the cover of December 2012 Vogue, and she looks absolutely glam. Her cover shoot is sophisticated and artsy all at once, and – bonus – there’s a photo of her in her wedding dress. Hathaway chats with the magazine about her upcoming movie, Les Misérables. In the film, she plays the impoverished Fantine, who turns to prostitution to support her illegitimate daughter, and tragically dies of tuberculosis. The actress chopped off her hair and lost 25 pounds for the role, becoming “consumptively thin.” And yet it was worth it, she says, to play the character she first saw portrayed by her mother, Kathleen, who was the understudy for Fantine in a touring production of Les Mis. She was seven years old, she told Vogue, and
“…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.”
Some other highlights of Hathaway’s interview with Vogue:
On knowing she’d secured the role of Fantine: “I knew that someone was going to have to go in there and do something pretty special to unseat me. 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.”
On achieving her extreme weight loss: “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.”
On stepping into her mother’s former role: “I’d feel a little silly and overly dramatic to say that this feels like destiny. But to have this come full circle in such a spectacular way—it’s making me very happy. OK, it feels a little like destiny.”
Les Misérables hits theaters on December 20. More photos from the article, as well as a lovely shot of Hathaway on her wedding day, after the jump.
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