Anne Hathaway has opened up about her Oscar co-hosting experience and the criticism that followed, saying she felt ‘sick to her stomach’ after the ordeal.
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, she spoke about the criticism that she and co-host James Franco received, “I walked around feeling sick to my stomach for a week.”
In the same interview, she also spoke about being viewed differently after portraying Fantine, saying, “I just feel that now I’m being viewed very differently. I’d think — ‘Oh, this is the moment’ — I’m playing a recovering drug addict. But there was always a kind of push back, like, ‘Oh, she’s not that sexy.’ People were trying to put me in the good girl category or the bad girl category, and this is the first time I’ve ever been seen as a whole.”
Of course, playing Fantine was a cathartic experience for her too – she says, “The second all of those feelings that Fantine was feeling were turned on me, they were savage — they were animalistic, they had teeth and talons and they were shredders. I tried not to think about myself that day because I was in a very unkind place. Fantine did nothing wrong. And I think that’s where I was getting in a lot of pain because of it. She’s innocent.”