From a feline fatale in ''The Dark Knight Rises'' to Fantine in ''Les Misérables,'' the star hit all the right notes

By EW Staff
November 30, 2012 at 05:00 AM EST

”I know her well enough to call her Annie. Real friends of hers can call her Annie, like real friends of mine can call me Jimothy or Jimberlake — although to this day no one has called me either, so I’m still searching for my true friends. Anyway, I’ve known Annie now for a bunch of years.

I am a Les Miz fan, and it’s gonna be killer. It’s perfect casting because she loves musical theater. She called me once to get advice because she was hosting the Academy Awards. I go, ‘This is good. Here’s the thing: I’m not sure anyone’s gonna get this ”Suddenly Seymour” reference. I mean, a certain group will … ‘ We know each other that well and can be straight-up.

When I saw her in The Dark Knight Rises, I was watching it and I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t know how she’s going to turn into Catwoman. Maybe she’s going to get bitten by a cat. I don’t know the comics as well as everybody else does.’ It turns out she is Catwoman, acting like a girl who is not Catwoman. That is brilliant! She’s one of those rare talents who has the charm, the looks, and a vulnerability — those doe eyes.” —Jimmy Fallon

Hathaway on
Her very busy 2012
”I spent this year riding a lot of faith …. It was weird to finish with [Catwoman], who was so big, and then go straight into Fantine, and that required so much concentration — and then to come out of it and be planning a clandestine wedding.”