Anne Hathaway attracted to Love and Other Drugs journey

December 21st, 2010

Anne Hathaway was drawn to the role of a young Parkinson's Disease sufferer in 'Love & Other Drugs' because of the "journey" people go through to accept their diagnosis.

The Oscar-nominated actress - who stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the Ed Zwick-directed comedy drama - learnt a lot about how people deal with the disease at "stage one" of diagnosis and was attracted to comments made about Parkinson's sufferer Michael J. Fox.

She said: "Stage one is very much about good days and bad days. And so that kind of, when I spoke to other people they would say, 'Has she [her character] accepted her diagnosis yet?' Which led me to believe that there is a whole world of anxiety before you even come to that moment.

"Michael J. Fox has very eloquently described his relationship with Parkinson's as having evolved to a place where he thinks of it as a gift but it was quite a journey to get there. One of the things that drew me to my character was that journey."

She was also keen to work with Jake again following their film 'Brokeback Mountain'.

She added to BANG Showbiz: "I guess I really believed the love on the page and since I've worked with Jake on 'Brokeback Mountain' I believed we could get their again."