Anne Hathaway has been a movie pageant fixture over the previous 12 months, premiering James Grey’s Armageddon Time on the Cannes Movie Pageant and Eileen, the Ottessa Moshfegh adaptation, in Park Metropolis finally month’s Sundance Movie Pageant. Now she’s headed to the Berlin Movie Pageant with She Got here to Me, the most recent from writer-director Rebecca Miller (The Ballad of Jack and Rose, Maggie’s Plan).
She Got here to Me, which is about to open the fest, follows an opera composer who’s in the midst of a protracted case of author’s block and has an affair on his therapist-turned-wife (Hathaway) with a love-addicted tugboat captain (Marisa Tomei). However whereas the fling appears to remedy the author’s block, it sends his private life into disaster.
Forward of the premiere, Hathaway talked to THR about her hopes for unbiased filmmaking, auditioning for Miller when she was 19 and the way Fairly Girl launched her to opera.
She Got here to Me offers with very critical topics, however it’s also deeply humorous and has an absurdist high quality to it. How would you describe the movie?
I used to be making an attempt to inform somebody about it in the present day. They had been like, “So what’s it like?” I mentioned, “It’s type of an operatic comedy.” And so they had been like, “What does that imply?” I used to be like, “Properly, if you happen to see the film, I believe it’ll make sense.” The thought is that it’s sort of like an opera — it takes a minute to arrange the scene, however as soon as it will get going it’s simply overwhelming and delightful and dimensional and also you get actually swept up in it. There’s a sure second for me the place the desk has been set after which the meal actually begins to be served and all the pieces clicks in. I’m similar to, I don’t need to be wherever else and I care about these individuals a lot and I’m rooting for all people.
How did you get entangled?
I’m starting to repeat myself with every of those movies. I’ve a listing of administrators that my reps learn about they usually’re only a blinking “Sure.” I simply at all times need to know if they’ve something even borderline age acceptable. Rebecca Miller is one among them. I used to be so excited when the script acquired despatched my method, and I learn it, and I used to be charmed by it. I assumed the script was nice, and I assumed the challenge was actually promising, however I simply needed to know what the music was going to be. A lot of this film actually lives on that. I met Rebecca and after talking together with her I simply knew that regardless of the music was going to be it was going to be proper. I used to be hooked up to [the project] for a very long time and it got here collectively in just a few other ways, as unbiased movies usually do — they arrive collectively after which they disintegrate, after which all the pieces clicks. However all through, Rebecca actually simply held the middle and knew what she needed to make.
Was the music within the movie at all times deliberate as being opera?
It was at all times opera, which was an enormous draw for me.
Are you a fan of opera?
I’m a fan. I’d by no means say I’m a buff. I’m not at that degree. I believe like most individuals, my introduction to opera got here by means of Fairly Girl. Since I used to be a child, I knew that opera and cinema go collectively fantastically, however you virtually by no means see it. Then I noticed Moonstruck, and that’s my favourite operatic comedy of all time. Clearly, that is very totally different, and I’d by no means presume to place ourselves in that firm, however to me, they’re associated. They’re not dissimilar within the sense that it’s heightened circumstances. You do need to droop perception. It’s magical.
What’s it about Rebecca Miller’s movies that made you say, “No matter it’s, I’m in”?
Her work is at all times so clever and dangerous and often options clever, difficult girls, which I’m only a large fan of. I auditioned for Rebecca after I was 19 and was actually struck by the expertise. I simply by no means met anybody like her, and I used to be actually drawn to her. I didn’t get the half, however from that day I bear in mind she had a way of future about her. I at all times paid consideration to what she was doing and was curious, as a fan, after which was so, so, so excited after I acquired the possibility to fulfill her once more.
Had you seen her in any respect in between auditioning for her while you had been 19 after which assembly for this film?
Nope. It was humorous, I sat down and he or she goes, “I’m more than happy to fulfill you.” And I mentioned, “Properly, I don’t know if you happen to’d bear in mind, however we really did meet.” And I described the audition to her. I’d completed one thing somewhat uncommon within the audition, which was I mentioned I don’t know if I’m going to get this half — which I didn’t get — however I used to be at Vassar on the time and I mentioned, “I’m taking a poetry course proper now, and I learn a poem and it jogs my memory of this character and I simply needed to go away it with you.” So, literal a long time later, I sat down together with her and he or she’s like, “Good to fulfill you.” And I’m like, “Properly, we’ve met earlier than.” And he or she goes, “Actually?” I mentioned, “Yeah, I auditioned for this challenge. I don’t know if you happen to bear in mind, however I introduced the poem.” And he or she’s like, “Oh, that was you!” I used to be like, “That was me! Hello. I’m nonetheless appearing.”
Each your character in Eileen, which premiered at Sundance, and on this film are therapists. Is that one thing you considered when deciding to take one or each roles?
I believe the commonality between the ladies, who’re extraordinarily totally different, is a real perception that folks may be helped and a need to be of service in that method. However actually that’s actually the place the similarities finish. It’s humorous, individuals ask me typically if I’ve a profession technique. And I actually, actually don’t. It’s very instinctive, within the second. I’m drawn to filmmakers. I’m drawn to tasks. I’m drawn to tales. I’m drawn to characters, however typically you do need to be aware of whether or not you’re repeating your self. Additionally, you can also make two issues years aside, however then they’ll come out again to again. I signed on this challenge and Eileen fairly far other than one another, and now they’re in back-to-back movie festivals. I really sat with it for a extremely very long time — about whether or not I may play each components, like whether or not audiences would let me. And what I got here all the way down to was you pay attention to those girls for a minute and also you notice they’re utterly totally different human beings.
Why was it vital so that you can even be a producer on this film?
I’ve to be sincere, Rebecca provided it. I wasn’t anticipating it. This challenge got here to me as an actress, and I discussed it took a little bit of time for it to come back collectively, and Rebecca and I stored speaking about it and speaking about my character. Sooner or later, sort of out of the blue, she simply known as and he or she provided me the credit score and mentioned, “I actually really feel such as you’ve earned it.” And I used to be floored. That had by no means occurred to me like that earlier than. I used to be simply honored and touched that she considered me in that method. Isn’t that unimaginable? You by no means hear that.
You could have been in back-to-back festivals for the higher a part of a 12 months. What are your hopes for indie movie?
I simply need unbiased cinema to exist, and I need to proceed to be invited to be part of it. It’s a spot of ardour. It’s a spot of creativeness. It’s a place of boundary-pushing. What’s popping out of it proper now’s a few of the most fun cinema I’ve ever seen. I hope it thrives, and I hope I’m fortunate sufficient to be a part of it.
Interview edited for size and high quality.