Leap of Faith

Newly married and at the top of her game, Anne Hathaway takes on the role she’s been waiting to play her entire life.

  1. The last time I saw Anne Hathaway, she was channeling Audrey Hepburn at the fabled Paris nightspot Maxim’s, draped in satin and diamonds, her lustrous tresses swept up in a French twist as Mario Testino photographed her for these pages. Now, two years later, on a bitter night along the docks of Montreuil-sur-Mer, things couldn’t be more different. Hathaway is pale and consumptively thin, her hair chopped short and two of her teeth missing; she sits huddled on the cold, wet ground, weeping as her character, one of Victor Hugo’s great tragic heroines, prepares to sell herself into prostitution.

    As you may have guessed, the pier on which Hathaway is about to give her body to a Gallic seaman for a few francs is, in fact, a soundstage at Pinewood Studios, outside London, where the feverishly awaited big-screen adaptation of the international pop-opera phenomenon Les Misérables (based on Hugo’s classic doorstopper) is filming. Best known as the home base of 007, Pinewood has been taken ov...

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Originally published in Vogue, November 2012

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