A Minute With: Anne Hathaway on 'Song One,' producing and Catwoman

Thu Jan 22, 2015 1:21pm EST
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By Piya Sinha-Roy

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - After winning an Oscar in 2013 for best supporting actress in the musical "Les Miserables," Anne Hathaway is taking on a new challenge as a producer.

"Song One" is an independent film also starring Hathaway, as an academic who finds connection through her brother's music after he falls into a coma. It premiered at Sundance Film Festival last year and will be released in U.S. theaters on Friday.

Hathaway, 32, talked to Reuters about her first producing experience, her Oscar and Catwoman.

Q: What does "Song One" explore through music?

A: Every time I say it's about the healing power of music, I feel like I have to dodge someone throwing a tomato at me because it sounds so sincere, but it's true.

I am someone who believes in that and ... I think this film is about second chances.

Q: What producing challenges did you face?

A: The practicalities of 'If you don't do it, it's probably not going to get done.' When you're an actor, there are so many safety nets under you. If you're playing an astronaut and you need to speak to an astronaut, the producer goes 'Here's an astronaut for you to talk to.' When you're the producer, you're like 'I have to go find this.' So this just woke me up to how really good a lot of producers I've worked with have been.   Continued...

Actress Anne Hathaway from the film "Interstellar" poses other at the AFI Awards 2014 honoring excellence in film and television in Beverly Hills, California on January 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian