Anne Hathaway, who is best known for playing Runway editor Miranda Priestly’s assistant Andrea in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, has revealed that the pressure of playing Catwoman in The Dark Knight made her feel sick.
The 29-year-old actress is the first woman villain in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, which has featured such memorable baddies as Cillian Murphy’s Scarecrow and Heath Ledger’s Joker.
“I didn’t realise I was the first and I feel a little nauseous. That’s a lot of pressure,” Contactmusic quoted her as telling the Sun.
The actress had little idea of the physical demands of her Catwoman performance, which will highlight her own kick-boxing and mixed martial arts skills.
“I’d always thought I was pretty healthy and I always thought I had worked hard in the gym.
“''It turns out that what I thought was hard, in Catwoman’s world is actually light to moderate.
“''So I’ve had to ratchet everything up. But I have the most incredible stuntwoman in the world and she’s got me and the character to another level. I do all sorts of kicks. I do a roundhouse kick, and I think it’s all mixed martial arts. And I’ve been doing it in heels!” she said.
The intense pressure of looking good for the role was increased because the film uses special IMAX cameras which produce images of extraordinary clarity and vividness.