Interview: Anne Hathaway

Mimi ON Mar 31, 2011 AT 2:15 pm

Anne Hathaway on the Rio blue carpet

Anne Hathaway on the Rio blue carpet

In the new animated flick, Rio, Anne Hathaway plays Jewel, the last of a rare breed of macaw who’s about to meet the domesticated Blu in an attempt to save the species. But the fiercely independent lovebird has ‘relationship issues’, and doesn’t take kindly to her potential mate. In Rio for the first time, and fresh from hosting the 2011 Oscars, 29-year-old Anne describes her Rio experiences, both on and off film.

From making the movie to finally being here in Rio must have been quite a journey – how does it feel to finally be in Brazil?

Rio

Rio

Anne: It’s a funny experience, because from the initial meeting that Carlos and a few others and I had, to this moment, has been about three years. Most of that time was spent in a pitch-black room standing in front of a microphone, but there’s always been this promise that at some point we would get to go to Rio. So to actually have gone from being a voice in a dark room with nothing there to seeing the finished product of the film to actually seeing the city that it’s set in – that I’ve never been to – has been such a wonderful journey.

Can you tell us a little about your character?

Anne: Well, I play Jewel, who is one half of the last two rare Spix’s Macaws on the planet and she’s a very feisty, free spirited independent bird. She is bird-napped and held in captivity and goes on an adventure to became free with her new pal Blu.

How did you develop the voice?

Anne: I kept begging Carlos to let me do an accent, telling him I know I can do a Portuguese accent, so I couldn’t believe that they wanted me to sound like me. That was a little unusual, because I think when you do a live action film you always tweak your own voice just a tiny bit, so it was odd.

Did you work with Jesse Eisenberg while you were doing the voice work?

Anne: No, no, no – Will and Sergio [Mendes] were there when I did the song, but none of the actors. I haven’t seen Jesse, except for socially, throughout this whole process. Interestingly, for those of you that are avid IMDB surfers, Jesse and I played brother and sister on a Fox Television series in 1999 called Get Real. I was his older sister Meghan Green and he was Kenny Green. I’m very happy for all of his success.

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