Anne Hathaway is taking a cue from Catwoman’s past and perfecting her breathing, aiming for long, languid, “extraordinary” breaths.
Anne Hathaway noticed something unique when studying up for her role as Catwoman in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises. Diligent in researching her role, the 29-year-old studied film of actress Hedy Lamarr, credited as being the key inspiration for Catwoman.
“I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary,” Anne Hathaway said of the late actress Lamarr. “She takes these long, deep, languid breaths and exhales slowly. There’s a shot of her in [the 1933 film] Ecstasy exhaling a cigarette and I took probably five breaths during her one exhale. So I started working on my breathing a lot.”
Though inspired by the history of Catwoman, Anne Hathaway said doesn’t feel the need to conform to the past. “What’s come before doesn’t limit or even affect this new version,” she explained during a recent interview.
Elaborating on the fluidity of the Batman films over the decades, she continued, “It doesn’t affect me because each Catwoman — and this is true in the comics as well — she is defined by the context of the Gotham City created around her. Catwoman is so influenced by Gotham and whoever is creating Gotham at the time. Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman was informed by Tim Burton’s Gotham and Eartha Kitt was informed by Adam West’s Gotham. You have to live in whatever the reality of the world is and whatever Gotham is.”
Though the recently engaged actress joked previously that she lived on kale and dust in order to fit into the sexy Catwoman suit, she speaks highly of the design. “I love the costume because everything has a purpose, nothing is in place for fantasy’s sake, and that’s the case with everything in Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City.”
Anne Hathaway will hit the big screen in Dark Knight Rises July 20, 2012.