Anne Hathaway, who plays Catwoman in "The Dark Knight Rises," says she got some texts about her "HAWT" costume after paparazzi photos leaked online last year.NOTE: This interview was carried out earlier this month, before the deadly shooting at a Colorado screening of "The Dark Knight Rises" on Friday, July 20, the day the film was released.
Hathaway worked to get into top physical shape to be able to perform her own stunts and to look fantastic in the unforgiving catsuit.
"I got a lot of really supportive texts [when photos of me in the catsuit appeared in print]," Hathaway said. "I think I got 'hot' spelled 'HAWT' a lot. I felt bad because I thought we were in a secure location. The paparazzi went to great lengths to get a shot of it. I would have preferred to have had it be a little bit more secret but the reaction was overwhelmingly positive, so I'll never complain about that."
Hathaway told Interview magazine in August 2011 that she had watched clips of cats on YouTube to prepare for her "Dark Knight Rises" role.
The actress also told The Los Angeles Times that she studied Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr, citing her "extraordinary" breathing. Hathaway uses a raspy voice in "The Dark Knight Rises," especially in sexually-tense scenes with Bale.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is the final Batman film by director Christopher Nolan, who kicked off the trilogy with "Batman Begins" in 2005. It is also the last film for Christian Bale as Batman.
Hathaway said that she was intimidated by Nolan, adding: "I was just literally like, 'Yes sir, whatever you want, every single day.' I couldn't make eye contact for a couple of weeks at first."
She also became emotional while watching the movie, which she says "plays into a lot of our unspoken psychological fears about the world we live in.
"When I saw the film, there were certain shots in the film - I can't say what happens - they just made me burst into tears because I realized that I had not been conscious of it, but I had been worried that something like that was going to happen and then to watch it actually it happen was hard," she said.
In the movie, Batman faces off against the masked villain Bane (Tom Hardy), an escaped convict who gains superhuman strength due to a series of drug experiments. In the DC comic books, Bane breaks Batman's back after attacking him in the Batcave, leaving the superhero a paraplegic.
"The Dark Knight Rises" is rated PG-13 and contains violent scenes.
"I think a mature 8-year-old can see this," Hathaway said. "It's a scary film, I don't think because of the violence but because I think of - and I can't want to say why because it will reveal too much - but there are a lot of complex questions that this film generates and I think that it would be natural that a child would ask ... I would suggest that a parent see it first ... that way you can process it before explaining it to them."
Hathway has long hair in the film, but currently sports a pixie cut. She had her hair chopped off for her role in a another movie - the big screen adaptation of the Broadway musical "Les Miserables," which is set for release in December. Hathaway plays Fantine, an impoverished single mother who sells her hair - and her body - to provide for her daughter.
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com that also produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet"(check for local TV listings).