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Why Hathaway rejected the role of Alice

india Updated: Feb 06, 2010 16:16 IST
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Anna Hathway

Hollywood actress Anne Hathaway turned down the lead role in upcoming movie

Alice In Wonderland

as she was tired of her "pretty girl" image. The 27-year-old actress was asked to star as Alice in the Tim Burton-directed film but opted to play the White Queen instead.

She had previously played a pretty protagonist in

The Princess Diaries

movies which launched her career and didn't want to do similar roles, reported


magazine. "The studio had the script a long time ago and I was approached back then for the part of Alice. I considered it, but felt, what with

The Princess Diaries

, that I had been there, done that sort of pretty-girl-in-a-fairy-dress role. I told the studio, however, that I would be interested at a later date in playing the White Queen," said Hathaway.

The role of Alice eventually went to Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska, but Hathaway has no regrets about her decision. "When Tim came on board he had the cast he wanted and, of course, that didn't include me. But the other actress who was marked had scheduling conflicts, so the studio piped up and put me forward. I talked on the phone with Tim and he really liked my take. I wanted the Queen to be a cross between Debbie Harry, Greta Garbo, David Bowie, with (a) little bit of the work of Dan Flavin thrown in for good measure," said the actress.