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Anne Hathaway Opens Up About Her New Pandemic Film 'Locked Down'

Anne Hathaway Opens Up About Her New Pandemic Film Locked Down
January 4, 2021 - 17:45 / Hayley Paskevich

In a new interview, Anne Hathaway talked about what it was like making her new movie Locked Down during the coronavirus pandemic! Hathaway said that everyone involved was "focused and open" in their approach, and revealed why she was drawn to her character, "Linda"! Find out more here!

Anne Hathaway has revealed what it was like to film her new movie under some unusual circumstances! As People shares, Hathaway stars opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor in the new HBO Max movie Locked Down, and she recently opened up about what it was like to make a movie about the pandemic while still being in the midst of it!

Hathaway shares excitement and fear of filming in pandemic

Hathaway said that while she found the experience both "very normal" and  "completely wild," the circumstances under which Locked Down was filmed resulted in a unique energy on set. "The sheer act of making it, of doing something so collaborative and audacious made us all very focused and open — and strangely free," she told People. "Like the odds were so against us anyway that it made me want to lean into the exhilaration and take risks with my performance."

The actress also acknowledged the fact that those around her observed health and safety protocols. "It was scary taking my mask off every day, and so I really appreciated how committed the crew was to keeping their masks on — even when we were shooting in hot rooms and they were carrying heavy camera and lighting equipment they were always, always masked," she shared. "Their professionalism helped keep me safe, and I was and am incredibly grateful to them."

Anne Hathaway attends "The Last Thing He Wanted" premiere at Eccles Center Theatre on January 27, 2020

Hathaway talks about the realness of her character "Linda"

Hathaway plays "Linda" in the film, who finds herself in a rocky relationship with Ejiofor's character, "Paxton". But while the couple are about to separate, they unexpectedly end up being forced to quarantine together because of the COVID-19 pandemic! "With a lot of wine and their shared love of poetry," People shares in their synopsis of the film, "Linda and Paxton do their best to cope with the difficult situation." 

As it turns out, what appealed to Hathaway about Locked Down is how genuine her character feels. "Linda has been carrying around so much tension for so long," she explained. "This film is partially about how the chaos of lockdown allows her to release that tension, let go of whatever BS was getting her through the day and how she gets all the way honest about what authenticity and freedom mean to her. She is messy and a little nuts and I liked that."