In what many argue has been Anne Hathaway’s most brilliant performance to this day, the actress played Fantine, a tragic character dying of tuberculosis, in the 2012 musical blockbuster “Les Misérables.” Directed by Tom Hooper, the film was a critical and commercial success that featured Hollywood legends such as Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne, Amanda Seyfried, Helena Bonham Carter, and dozens more.
Hathaway’s performance of Fantine and her heart-wrenching rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” earned the actress her first Academy Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress.’ Logically, Hathaway’s career had climbed to a new level after people in the industry saw what she was capable of.
Playing the White Queen
Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” was a visually astonishing film that received mixed reviews from critics and viewers. Everybody applauded the film’s beautiful aesthetic but criticized the fact that the plot lacked substance. Nonetheless, it was littered with legendary Hollywood stars like Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska, Crispin Glover, and our star subject, Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway played the complex character of the White Queen, the Red Queen’s calm and good-hearted sister. Even though the critics weren’t so impressed, the film grossed over $1 billion, making it a massive commercial success at the box office.
An Iconic Catwoman
There’s being a Hollywood star, and then there’s being an actor in a Christopher Nolan film. In 2012, Anne Hathaway auditioned for a role in Nolan’s critically acclaimed “The Dark Knight Rises,” and she didn’t even know what part she was auditioning for until after it ended. She confessed in one interview that she had Harley Quinn in mind all along.
After speaking with Nolan for over an hour, he revealed he wanted her for the role of Selina Kyle (a.k.a. Catwoman). Not only was it the actress’s most physically demanding role to date, but also the highest-grossing film she’d ever starred in. Her performance was lauded by critics.
Working With Nolan Again
Hathaway once again collaborated with legendary director Christopher Nolan in 2014 when she was called to play a scientist in “Interstellar,” a cinematic masterpiece. The actress’s character, Dr. Amelia Brand, is a NASA scientist who goes on a search for a new home for mankind along with other astronauts.
Her character evolves from an arrogant know-it-all to a humble, sensible person, which is exactly what interested Hathaway when she read the script. With co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain, the film ended up being a science fiction work of art and one of Nolan’s most critically and commercially acclaimed films.
She Nearly Died on Set
Anyone who has seen “Interstellar” and who is familiar with Christopher Nolan’s films knows the director creates otherworldly sets and universes. For this particular sci-fi epic, the cast and crew went to Iceland to shoot some scenes, and the ordeal proved to be a near-death experience for Hathaway.
While filming a water scene, the actress got dangerously close to getting hypothermia when they realized that the dry suit she was wearing hadn’t been properly secured. According to her, the crew realized this just seconds before things reached a no-return point. Still, the actress says she would risk it again only to be a part of Nolan’s unforgettable cinematic masterpiece.