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Anne Hathaway on Bride Wars

Published January 8, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Images property of 20th Century Fox
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Anne Hathaway is used to girly movies, be they princess roles or period piece dramas. The full on romantic comedy meant a lot of slapstick too. She had to get in shape for Bride Wars to keep up with veteran Kate Hudson.

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"Kate's inspiring in terms of all the physical activity that she engages in," Hathaway said. "We would have script meetings and she would be stretching. I'd be like, 'Yeah, I'm going to touch my toes next year.' I work out with a trainer in New York and so I worked out with him leading up to it. I really wanted Emma to appear kind of like an ex-ballerina and have everything kind of tight and proper and sinewy. So I really watched what I ate and I hit the elliptical, just the usual stuff. But whatever the character needs, that's what we did."

Though the film is Bride Wars and the girls are at each other's throats for the perfect wedding, it is ultimately a story of their friendship triumphing. "How beautiful, powerful and scary it is to mean so much to someone. How fun it is, but also how much responsibility in the best possible way. I was so happy because the point of the story was that as much fun as marriage hopefully is and as much as we all want to find that one person that fulfills us and not exactly have the fairy tale, but to be able to rely on that person you can't. You cannot. It's a sad, sad, sad fact, but whatever happens in your life, in the great moments, the bad moments, the unexpected moments, there's always going to be someone there refilling your wine glass, giving you a shoulder to cry on, picking you up, celebrating with you, they're with you and that's your girlfriend."

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For the fiancés, the scattered free spirit Liv (Hudson) has a man who can keep up, and the more structured Emma (Hathaway) may just find out her relationship isn't exactly the way she planned it to be. "I think that because Liv knows exactly what she wants and who she is she needed to find someone who found her adorable, who finds her messiness and her being stressed out [cute]. Maybe he probably prefers her when she's being herself and happy, but also finds that other part of her great and gets it and accepts it. The thing about Emma is that she's in some way having a latent rebellion. She needed someone who is going to want her to be happy above all and want her to explore every part of herself and is willing to accept whatever she finds. They each do find that in a real way. I loved that."

It's also great that both lead roles are for girls. "I was just thinking that one of the things I'm so excited about with this film is that so often in films that we've been in there's the main character and then there's the quirky best friend that you never really get to know, who comes in with a great one liner. To have two complex female characters who are best friends at the center of a movie, I haven't really seen that before. So anytime we were in those scenes where we go to go deeper, where there wasn't that formula in place in the script and I was actually feeling something new as an actress for the first time because I'd never been in a situation like that. Kate was just there every time, listening, going deeper with me. I mean, to have one specific moment, there were so many, but to just get to return to those scenes again and again and again shouldn't be rare, but I guess it really is. I remember that and I'm really appreciative of it."

Bride Wars opens to theaters January 9th.

For the poster, stills and trailers, go to the Bride Wars Movie Page.

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