After making a name for herself in “The Princess Diaries,” Anne Hathaway shot to stardom opposite Meryl Streep in the 2006 hit “The Devil Wears Prada.” Now, America ’s newest sweetheart stars as the ever-capable Agent 99 in Warner Bros.’ new action comedy, “Get Smart” opposite Steve Carell and Dwayne Johnson.
Hathaway claims to have won the role because “I managed to hold it together five seconds longer than the other actresses who read with Steve (Carell). He is not easy to keep up with. But he taught me a lot about comedy and ad-libbing and he and (director) Pete Segal made me feel very protected from both sides of the camera.”
Which leads to the first question in the following interview:
Question: How was it to work with Steve? Was there a lot of improvisation going on?
Anne Hathaway: I just love to work and I’m kind of a hack. I’ll just show up and do anything. But when you find that you can work with someone who is one of the great comedic masters of our time, it was a pleasure and an honor. It really helped that Steve’s just a nice person. It was actually wonderful.
Anne: What we shot in Red Square . It was the last scene that we shot in the entire movie and it just felt like one of those things, when you know that it’s going to be a really big moment in your life. And I’m with Steve and we have a Russian crew next to an American crew and one of the producers went out and bought us some McDonald’s. So, we’re sitting there in the middle of Red Square eating McDonald’s and it was great. There’s no funny story attached to it. It was just a beautiful moment.