Anne Hathaway dove at the chance to play Kym in Jonathan Demme’s Rachel Getting Married. The film arrives on DVD March 10, and SheKnows has an exclusive clip of actress Anne Hathaway discussing the joy of portraying a character that would land the actress her first Oscar nomination.
When Kym (Anne Hathaway – Golden Globe and Oscar Nominee, Best Actress), arrives to her childhood home for the nuptials of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt), she brings a long laundry list of crises, conflict and tragedy along with her. The wedding couple’s circle of friends and family have the blissful of intentions with feasting, music and love. How will Hathaway’s Kym act?
Anne Hathaway as Kym, she says, was a career moment for her professionally. The proof, as they say, is in the pudding as Hathaway was rewarded with her first Academy Award nod. Her Kym has the potential for exploding and imploding at any moment as she circumvents the minefields of sobriety. Rachel Getting Married has a classic element of all Jonathan Demme’s films in that it captures the intimate and heartfelt while sometimes hilarious goings-on of family grappling with one life’s biggest moments.
The Rachel Getting Married DVD extras are numerous that enhance the Demme experience, including:
- The Wedding Band
- A Look Behind the Scenes of Rachel Getting Married
- Commentary with Producer Neda Armian, Screenwriter Jenny Lumet and Editor Tim Squyres
- Deleted Scenes
- Cast and Crew Q&A at the Jacob Burns Center
- Commentary with Actress Rosemarie DeWitt
Here’s a highlight from my interview with Anne Hathaway about Rachel Getting Married:
“Of course I found out Jonathan Demme was directing it, and that sort of made me hit the roof!” Hathaway says.
Rachel Getting Married in the hands of the Philadelphia director with a screenplay by Jenny Lumet has resulted in nominations throughout award season for Hathaway. But, it is her Oscar nomination that has her most thrilled because of the passion she has for this part. “I love Kym’s almost compulsive need for honesty and how direct she is. Her timing may not be appropriate, but she’s trying so hard to get across the chasm of tragedy that separates her from her family,” Hathaway says.
“She’s trying every day to choose joy and sobriety. She’s fighting for her place in the family. Trying to acknowledge and atone in her own way. At the end, maybe her sister Rachel understands her journey and that acceptance is crucial.”