Anne Hathaway Talks Gotham City, Catwoman and Christopher Nolan With the Los Angeles Times

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Anne Hathaway as Catwoman

Anne Hathaway recently sat for an interview with the Los Angeles Times for its upcoming Film Sneaks issue to talk all things “The Dark Knight Rises.” Of course, Hathaway plays the sultry Selina Kyle, better known as Catwoman; she’ll join Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman and Tom Hardy.

Gotham City is full of grace,” Hathaway explained. “You look at Heath‘s performance as the Joker, there was a lot of madness there but there was also a grace and he had a code there. There’s a lot of belief and codes of behavior in Gotham and my character has one, too. A lot of the way she moves and interacts with people is informed by her worldview.”

Bob Kane, who is credited with creating the original comic-book version of Batman, indicated that Catwoman’s character was largely inspired by Hedy Lamarr, so Hathaway did some research to emulate Lamarr’s mannerisms. “I know this sounds odd, but her breathing is extraordinary,” said Hathaway. “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.”

Read more from Anne Hathaway’s Los Angeles Times interview here, and if you haven’t seen the trailer for “The Dark Knight Rises” yet, see it here.