While doing press for Les Misérables, Lily revealed to DigitalSpy the advice Anne Hathaway, who played Fantine in the big-screen version of the musical, gave her when they ran into each other at an event. You can read all about it below!
Lily Collins is tackling the challenging role of tragic Fantine in the BBC’s new version of Les Misérables – and has revealed that she received an important piece of advice from Anne Hathaway.
Hathaway won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Fantine in the big-screen version of the musical Les Mis, while Collins is appearing in a TV version based on Victor Hugo’s original novel – so no songs.
Though she was instructed by series director Tom Shankland to “disregard all previous adaptations”, Collins encountered Hathaway by coincidence at “a big fashion event”, where the pair spoke about their parallel experiences.
Speaking at a press launch for the BBC series, she explained: “I was leaving the bathroom and [Hathaway] was walking towards me – I don’t really know her… I thought, ‘I’m playing you!’ but I didn’t want to say that!”
The pair were eventually introduced by a mutual friend. “I didn’t ask for any advice,” Collins said. “But she said to me, ‘Just don’t lose yourself, because it can get really tough – that’s a really overwhelming character and it goes very deep and it’s very emotional’.