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Anne Hathaway On Channeling Her Tears, Emotions & Cutting Her Hair For Harrowing 'Les Miserables' Scene

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist December 26, 2012 at 1:30PM

"I don't know that there's any secrets to it it's just a pulse, it's a vein that you follow. In my case, there was no way I could relate to what my character was going through, I have a very happy, successful life and I don't have any children I've had to give up or keep and so what I did was try to get inside the reality of her story as it exists in our world."
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"I don't know that there's any secrets to it it's just a pulse, it's a vein that you follow. In my case, there was no way I could relate to what my character was going through, I have a very happy, successful life and I don't have any children I've had to give up or keep and so what I did was try to get inside the reality of her story as it exists in our world. I read a lot of articles and watched a lot of documentaries about sexual slavery. For me I came to the realization that I had been thinking about Fantine as someone who was living in the past but she's probably living in New York City and is probably less than a block away. This isn't an invention, this is me honoring that this pain lives in this world. -- so said Anne Hathaway on her character and process from "Les Miserables." She's in two devastating scenes in the picture. One, where she sings "I Dreamed A Dream," a performance so amazing, she's likely going to win an Academy Award from it and another where her beautiful locks are cut off.

"I did cut my hair and I am only sorry when I get to spend time with Amanda Seyfried whose hair is so beautiful," Hathaway quipped. "I offered [director] Tom Hooper the option of cutting my hair. It was always something I knew I'd be willing to do for a character. After I got the script and they were keeping the hair cutting in and I read the book and it's such a devastating scene in the book and in the back of my mind if watching her hair get cut was a painful experience then watching her teeth get pulled would be really hard. It was great to be able to authentically translate a physical transformation."

"Les Miserables" has already topped the Christmas box-office and has raked im 17.5 million so far. All this week, we'll be dropping little bon mots and quotes from the "Les Miserables" press day.

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