Anne Hathaway on Auditioning for Catwoman, Her Costume and the “Adrenaline” of a Fight Scene

Anne-Hathaway-Selina-Kyle-TDKRAnne Hathaway certainly has faced some challenges playing the iconic Catwoman in Christopher Nolan’s latest The Dark Knight Rises.

But the actress passed the test, by rocking the Catsuit and doing many of her own stunts.  The first obstacle was actually getting the part.  Hathaway wasn’t sure if she had gotten the role initially.  She told The New York Daily News, “I auditioned on a Thursday and I believe the following Tuesday my manager called and just said, ‘Meeeoooww.’”

The next challenge? Wearing the Catsuit made out of polyurethane-coated black Spandex.  “It was very funny in fittings,” Hathaway said.  “We could make certain choices, fit certain things, and then I would have to start slinking about to make sure it could do things that we needed it to do.  It was way more fun to wear than the Batsuit.”

Hathaway’s ultimate triumph while shooting was when she completed a particularly difficult fight sequence.  “I’m pretty tough on myself and I very rarely give in to pride, and that night when we finished the rooftop fight, I was on top of the world,” she said.  “We filmed all night and I got home when the sun was rising and I was tired and I live on a hill, and I just grabbed my dog and we ran up the hill full-sprint and I just stood there and I watched the sun rise.  It was adrenaline.  I felt so good.  It was adrenaline and no energy, believe me.  As soon as the sun rose, I said, ‘Oh God, yes!  I have been fighting for three days.’  The adrenaline—it was one of the best feelings I ever had as an actor.”

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