It’s been a busy semaine for Les Misérables cast members, what with a constant round of parties, receptions and Monday night, at the Ziegfeld Theater, the New York premiere of the epic musical.
Anne Hathaway looked beautiful on the red carpet in a slinky black taffeta caped-back dress with thigh-high slits and way kinky bondage style-boots that wrapped up past her knees.
The gown hugged the beautiful actress’s now too thin curves. She’s a vegan, and she told me at a recent party it’s been difficult for her to put back the 21 pounds she lost to play the tortured Fantine, but she agreed she’s too thin. “I’m a little too nervous to eat,” she said.
At the swanky after party at the Museum of Modern Art Monday night, Hathaway was with her charming husband, Adam Schulman, a producer and jewelry designer. He said of their quiet, under the radar September wedding, “We’re quiet people.”
Anne’s hair was hacked off in real time during the “I Dreamed a Dream” scene in the film. Now it’s a stylish elfin-cropped cut, but as for whether she’s going to grow it back, she said, “I don’t have any options. Hair grows as fast as hair grows.”
Anne’s father, Gerald, a charming and gregarious man, wore a red, white and blue lapel flag pendant from the film, and said he’d been on the Les Miz trail from the day the film screened at Lincoln Center the day after Thanksgiving, and that he’d flown to the U.K. premiere.
Among the crowd, cast members Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Sacha Baron Cohen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks and director Tom Hooper mingled and charmed.
The Les Miz bandwagon continued the next day with an exclusive luncheon for cast members, Academy voters and select press at the Four Seasons restaurant in midtown. Jackman sang a romantic rendition of “The Way You Look Tonight” to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, and Hathaway sang “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
On the red carpet at the premiere, Deborra-Lee told me he rarely sings at home. “He goes to the little room when he does his warm ups. We’ll hear him a bit but just doing scales. Occasionally I’ll catch a tune, and I’ll go and eavesdrop by the door. Singing is such a joyous thing to do, so I love when he sings around the house.”
The Les Miz juggernaut kept rolling. Tuesday night, the much-loved Jean Valjean actor was honored by the Museum of the Moving Image at Cipriani Wall Street. Past honorees have included Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, and Alec Baldwin.
Presenters who introduced clips to Jackman’s movies included his wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Mike Nichols, Anne Hathaway, Christopher Nolan, Eddie Redmayne, Liev Schreiber and Rachel Weisz.