Anne Hathaway's Emmerdale inspiration

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 August 2011
Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway watched Yorkshire-based ITV1 soap 'Emmerdale' to understand the back-story of her 'One Day' character Emma Morley

Anne Hathaway watched 'Emmerdale' to learn about her 'One Day' character.

The Oscar-nominated actress - who plays the part of Yorkshire-born Emma Morley in the Lone Scherfig-directed movie about two friends who meet up on the same day every year for two decades - learned a lot about her role by watching the ITV1 soap based around a fictitious village in the region.

She told BANG Showbiz: "I googled a lot and tracked people down and talked about it. I guess the largest bit of outside research I did was I just watched 'Emmerdale' a lot. I found that really helpful!"

She added: "'Emmerdale's great. We don't have programmes like that in America so it was actually quite exotic for me."

Anne is not the first person to learn about a character's past by observing a TV programme, as Brenda Blethyn recently confessed she learned to refine her Geordie accent for the role of Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope in 'Vera' by watching Cheryl Cole.

She said: "I listened to Cheryl Cole quite a lot and watched 'The X Factor'. Now I have a lovely little voice, pet. I want to get a pair of those trousers with the slits up the side for the next series."

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