Anne Hathaway talks “One Day,” the great Paula Dean and her “Dark Knight Rises” training – INTERVIEW

By Sean O’Connell Lone Scherfig’s “One Day” is a decades-spanning romance that follows Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Dexter (Jim Sturgess), college friends who endure an on-again-off-again relationship over the course of 20 years. Based on David Nicholls’ novel, it looks in on the disconnected lovers on the same day of every year – July 15 – to see how their relationship has progressed (or regressed, thanks to Emma’s career ruts or Dexter’s casual drug use).

The film coasts along on the palpable chemistry shared between Hathaway and Sturgess, while also promising a few unexpected dramatic twists that will surprise audience members who haven’t yet read the book.

But when I sat down with Hathaway in New York City, we ended up talking about old friends, her favorite TV chef, her training for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, and the one thing she loves to do during what little free time she has. Here’s Anne Hathaway: The film takes us all the way back to July 15, 1988.

Anne Hathaway: Correct. Your were six?

Six, yes. No, wait. On July 15, I was only 5. Do you still keep in touch with anyone that you knew at that time?

Yeah, actually. I was having dinner with some of my friends from grade school a few months back, and I looked at one of my friends and said, “You know, I have known you since I was five years old.” And then with one of my best friends, I was just in her wedding a few weeks ago, and we’ve known each other since we were 12. Do you find there is this shortcut language and code shared between friends like that?

Oh, absolutely, of course. But I think that one of my favorite parts is that you can not talk for weeks or months, but when you sit down with those friends, you just pick up right where you left off. There’s none of that awkward, getting-readjusted time. That’s interesting, because I have friends who we can go months without talking, but when we finally reconnect, it’s like we never left.

You go deeper than that with those people. We’re deeper that every day. It’s like, “You don’t get it. We walked to school together every day for seven years!” But you know, it is one of the bittersweet things about getting older, by the way. Those relationships that, when you are a kid you don’t realize how deep they’re going to go or how connected you are going to be, you just don’t have time to develop them now. I mean, I imagine you develop them with your children or with your spouse. But it’s very hard to make friends, to connect and to get immersed in another person in that way. I think college is probably one of the last opportunities we get to actually do that. The film has this clever term “stroke,” where someone toiling away in retail or the restaurant business is a server/stroke/writer, or a server/stroke/comedian. What’s your stroke?

Dreamer? Oh, I don’t know. Actor/stroke/attempter? No, wait, probably actor/stroke/homemaker. My life is so peripatetic and I’m such a gypsy that when I’m home, I love to just hunker down throw dinner parties, decorate, cook and do everything like that. I do all of that for like a week and a half, and then I go off on another adventure. So do you watch a lot of the homemaking shows on HGTV or the Travel Channel?

I don’t watch homemaking shows so much, but I am addicted to the Food Network. I can’t get enough of it. And the thing is, I’m in extreme training to play Catwoman in “The Dark Knight Rises,” so I don’t know why I am so obsessed with this particular show, but I can’t get enough Paula Dean, the Butter Queen. [Her food] has to be worth all of the cholesterol. Sorry, Paula. I love you. And really, I’m a vegetarian, so I can’t eat most of the things anyway, but that type of tuck-in at the buffet table you can’t do every day.

Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess star in director Lone Scherfig’s “One Day,” an adaptation of David Nicholls’ best-selling novel. It’s currently in theaters.

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