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.
A New Challenge
In November of 2010, Hathaway took on the role of Maggie Murdock, a free-spirited artist who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. She reunited with Jake Gyllenhaal, and the two stars played the lead roles in “Love & Other Drugs,” a film about two people who fall madly for each other and begin a complicated relationship. The romantic drama gave Hathaway a new challenge – playing someone with Parkinson’s disease and doing a few nude scenes for the first time in her career.
The actress recounts that she spent much time with a Parkinson’s patient to research the condition as much as possible. As for the nude scenes, she watched films by Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet repeatedly since, according to her, they were two stars who had performed nudity in what she considered an elegant, dignified way. The film was a commercial success.
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.
The Role That Won Her an Oscar
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.
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.