Being that it’s a musical film, “Ella Enchanted” had countless scenes that were basically song performances. Clearly, the A-list actors in the film were very talented at their craft, but that didn’t include having a spectacular singing voice. Thus, all the actors had their voices dubbed by actual singers whenever necessary. All the actors but one that is.
Anne Hathaway was the only actress in the film who didn’t have her voice dubbed by a singer and sang all of her scenes herself. She stunned her co-stars and the film crew every time she sang out a tune and sounded like a true diva.
She’s Allergic to Cats
Ironically, since Hathaway played Catwoman in 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” the actress is allergic to cats. The actress has often said she is a big lover of animals in general, but when it comes to house pets, she’s definitely a dog person. She’s had several pet dogs throughout her life, and as much as she respects felines, she can’t touch one without having an allergy attack.
Hathaway explained that she immediately begins to sneeze whenever she is near a cat and that her nose starts running like crazy. Over time, her allergies get progressively worse so things are not going to change in that respect. Guess it’s good she’s always been more of a dog person anyway.
A String of Family Films
After her role in “The Princess Diaries,” Hathaway’s career skyrocketed to fame, and the actress landed a string of roles in other family films. Some examples were in the Disney film “The Other Side of Heaven,” 2002’s “Nicholas Nickleby,” and several theater plays and musicals.
One of her most famous roles was that of Ella in the hit musical fantasy film “Ella Enchanted”, released in 2004. The film featured A-list celebrities like Hugh Dancy, Cary Elwes, Vivica A. Fox, Minnie Driver, and dozens of others. The film follows Ella, a very special girl with a magical gift bestowed upon her by her fairy godmother, played by Fox.
Reprising a Beloved Role
Right around the time when Hathaway was thinking of doing a shift in her career toward more mature roles, she got a call from director Gary Marshall to star in a sequel to “The Princess Diaries.” The film “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” followed the life of Mia Thermopolis five years after discovering she was part of royalty. She goes to the land of Genovia to assume her rightful throne, and all kinds of adventures ensue.
The movie had a star-studded cast, including Julie Andrews, Hector Elizondo, Chris Pines, John Rhys-Davies, Heather Matarazzo, and more. Much like the original film, the sequel was a financial success, grossing over $130 million at the box office.
Taking on More Adult Roles
Despite her great success playing teenage roles in family films, Hathaway was growing up, and she explained it perfectly in one of her interviews. She said that there was only so long that one could play young ladies before starting to feel really ridiculous. She explained that she loved making those films, but she felt it was time for the big leagues.
And so, Anne made the transition to more adult roles, and in 2005, she acted in Ang Lee’s Western romantic drama “Brokeback Mountain.” Hathaway played the role of Lureen Newsome Twist, the conservative Midwestern wife of Jack Twist, played by Jake Gyllenhaal. The film, as well as Hathaway’s performance, were critically acclaimed.