Anne Hathaway felt pressure on One Day set

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A romantic drama directed by Lone Scherfig and adapted from David Nicholls' 2009 novel of the same name. Two Edinburgh graduates spend one day together and begin a friendship that will last a lifetime. Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess portray the two central characters of Emma and Dexter.
September 10th, 2011

Anne Hathaway accepted her role in 'One Day' knowing fans of the book could be disappointed with her performance.

The Oscar-nominated actress - who stars along Jim Sturgess in the highly-anticipated movie adaptation of David Nicholl's romantic novel - was surprised when she learned how highly regarded her character Emma is and understood not everyone was going to like her performance.

She told BANG Showbiz: " Well I didn't realise how deeply loved the character was when I signed on to play Emma. I wish I didn't really know! It became even larger when people kept asking me, 'So you're playing Emma? Will you be doing this with the character? Will you be doing that?' I'm like, 'Oh my gosh, people know every word of this book!'

"I quickly realised I was going to disappoint a lot of people. People have their own idea about who these characters are and how they act and how they sound."

However, the brunette beauty did struggle to deal with the criticism and weight of expectation.

She added: "I'm a book lover. I feel possessive of my beloved stories as well but I am also a movie lover. I know that there are things you can do on screen that you can't do with a book. Often times, a book will be wonderful in a different way.

"Yes of course there was pressure, some days it got to me, yes there were days when I would liken it to walking between two dams with criticism on either side and you just hope, 'Please don't crumble today I really can't take it.' There are a lot of things to enjoy. I tried not to let it get to me."