Anne Hathaway has revealed that she always wanted to be Catwoman as a child.
The star plays the anti-heroine, aka Selina Kyle, in Christopher Nolan‘s forthcoming Batman finale The Dark Knight Rises. And now she has revealed that she was fulfilling a childhood dream in winning the part, last played on screen by Michelle Pfeiffer.
She told HitFix: “I kind of got my big break in The Princess Diaries, and during the press rounds for that everyone asked me, ‘Did you always want to be a princess growing up?’ And the truth was, no, I wanted to be Catwoman. And I think a lot of women feel that way, and the fact that I am actually her is such a dream come true.”
She continued: “I loved Catwoman’s sense of humour. I love how sly she is. I love how she walks the fence and you don’t know which side she’s going to come down on. She’s totally independent. Let’s face it, she’s badass.”
Asked if she took any inspiration from any of her predecessors in the role, Hathaway said: “I grew up with all of them so I was well acquainted with the character’s dimensions. She’s one of my favorite characters in the comic book world and in the movie world. But, I didn’t go back to any of the other ones because I’m in Chris’ Gotham City. For me, it didn’t make a lot of sense to look at them for inspiration, even as extraordinary a performance that Michelle Pfeiffer gave; that was Tim Burton‘s Gotham.”
The Dark Knight Rises opens on July 20. You can watch the trailer below.