Les Miserables is a worldwide phenomenon, have you always been a fan?
The biggest fan! I was 11 when I first saw it and became obsessed immediately. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that they could make a movie - especially in my lifetime - so its a big deal.
Did taking on the role of Cosette feel like a lot of pressure?
Im lucky - I play the character thats the source of love and hope in this deeply tragic story. The responsibility that I had was just to get the audience to fall in love with her, and believe the love that Fantine (Anne Hathaway
), Valjean (Hugh Jackman
) and Marius (Eddie Redmayne
) have for her.
What was it like working with Eddie Redmayne?
Eddie is just a really, really good English man. Hes sensitive, open, incredibly self-deprecating and really talented too. You just want to hug him, hes the ideal co-star.
Is it a real challenge and a bit weird - singing everything instead of speaking?
Singing for me is usually super fun. But I quit singing operas when I was 17 and getting back into classical training again eight years later - relearning the tricks of how to work this instrument - oh my god, its hard! The discipline of not having alcohol and not eating certain things that would clog my voice but having to drown myself in water and constantly exercise my voice - its a lot! Like living like a monk. But it was really rewarding - you reach a new level of emotion when youre expressing how you feel to another character.
Since staring in Mamma Mia do you still listen to Abba?
It always peps me up when I listen to it but I did have to quit Abba for a while after Mama Mia. For for some reason I just don't have to quit the Les Mis music though, its never going to get old.
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Les Miserables opens in UK cinemas today