Anne Hathaway, who plays the White Queen in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland movie, told a group of reporters that her character is entirely live-action in a practical costume. The film, based on Lewis Carroll’s books, combines live action, computer animation and motion-capture animation in 3-D.
“I am actually an actor not affected by CGI in it,” Hathaway said in a group interview on Dec. 5 in Beverly Hills, Calif., where she was promoting Bride Wars. “I believe I’m one of the very few.”
Specifics on the look of the characters are still under wraps, but Hathaway shared her impressions of her rabbit-hole persona. “If I was a bunny holding a knife, that’s what my character would look like,” she said. “I’m sorry, that’s my impression.”
Though the director is known for his scattered, ADD thoughts, Hathaway found Burton to be right on her wavelength. “I don’t know what it says about me, but he always made absolute sense to me. I also think [that] because I’m such a fan of Tim Burton’s I know his aesthetic so well; I kind of just have an idea from years of being a fan about what he might want.”
Hathaway compared Burton’s style with other noteworthy collaborators. “I love working with directors,” she said. “I think the director is the go-to person. It should be their vision that makes it up on screen, and so I love showing up and putting myself in someone else’s hands. Jonathan [Demme] and I spoke in a shorthand as well, and I’ve worked with other directors before. Ang [Lee] gave me two directions on Brokeback [Mountain], which was ‘she’s a predator’ and ‘more subtle.’ Obviously I’m exaggerating. There was more than that, but I had worked with directors before who say meaningful things but don’t say much. So there was just kind of a continuation of that.”
Alice in Wonderland is due in theaters in 2010.