Anne Hathaway on Playing Catwoman: 'I Had to Physically Transform'

April 12, 2012 By:
Anne Hathaway on Playing Catwoman: 'I Had to Physically Transform'

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ is the third and final Batman film from Christopher Nolan, and we’ve been waiting a long time for its release. He was kind of busy doing ‘Inception,’ so I guess we’ll give him a pass.

Along with Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway graces the ‘Entertainment Weekly’ Summer Movie Preview issue, donning her full-on Catwoman suit.

“I had to physically transform,” says Hathaway, adding that she had to hire a personal trainer. “Chris sat me down at the beginning and said, ‘Joseph Gordon-Levitt did all of his own fighting in Inception. That one zero-gravity fight? He trained for two months.’”

Anne says she immediately hit the gym and has been there ever since.
“I basically left his office and went to the gym and just came out about five minutes ago.”

Hathaway plays Selina Kyle, who comes to be known as Catwoman. Nolan describes the character:

“She has a very strong way of protecting herself and those she cares about, which implies an underlying darkness.”

Hathaway says she prepared for the role by brushing up on her comic books and studying the movies of Hedy Lamarr and Jean Harlow. As ‘EW’ reports, they are “the two screen legends that inspired the original conception of the comic book villainess.”

"[Lamarr] takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly," Hathaway said. "There's a shot of her in [the 1933 film] 'Ecstasy' exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot."