"When I got the part, Chris called me into his office and said: 'So, there's going to be a lot of fighting and when we did 'Inception,' [Joseph Gordon-Levitt] got in really good shape. Joe went to the gym for months, so that way when we did his fight sequences, he did all his own fighting.' I really liked that," Hathaway laughed during a recent press conference in Los Angeles.
"And I went, 'Gotcha, I am reading between the lines here,'" recalled the 29-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y. native. "And I just went to the gym and came out when we wrapped. And it was a complete transformation. I had never done anything like that because it wasn't just about looking a certain way. I had to learn how to fight and become strong enough to fight for many days at a time. And that was actually something I felt very lucky about. ... I don't know what other actresses have gone through, I feel like sometimes there is a mandate that comes to you, an ideal of how you have to look and the way I was always treated on this movie was, 'Learn how to do what you need to do and then however you look, that's way the character looks.' And I just felt as a woman very protected in that way."
So, how did she manage all that wearing sky-high heels?
"You just do. It's part of being a woman. You just figure it out. 'The Devil Wears Prada' was really good training for that," she quipped. "For that, I ran up and down Manhattan, for this, I ran up and down Gotham."