Anne Hathaway inspired by Nigella
Published 26/02/2010 | 12:10
Anne Hathaway has told how she was inspired by Nigella Lawson's "sensuality in the kitchen" playing the White Queen in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland.
The Devil Wears Prada star's character is a little mad and extremely sensitive, as well as being able to mix potions in the kitchen, and the director has revealed he advised Anne to base her on the domestic goddess.
Anne revealed: "I thought the Nigella reference was actually very helpful, the way she's so passionate about food, and especially her descriptions of it, that definitely helped me in the cooking scene, more so than the other scenes, but especially when she's in the kitchen."
She added: "I'm misquoting her but Nigella's always talking about (puts on high voice) 'a cacophony of flavours that enters your mouth' and I wanted to give the White Queen that kind of sensuality in the kitchen - of course she's talking about buttered fingers and things like that and makes herself retch so it's not quite the same effect!"
Helena Bonham Carter, who plays the Red Queen in her partner Burton's film, believes the movie will entertain both children and adults.
She said: "I think everyone will get something out of it, it's just that it's such a rich thing that whatever age or persuasion you are you'll find something in it.
"That's why it has lasted so long and has been open to so many interpretations, because it's so versatile."
The couple live in neighbouring London town-houses with an adjoining door, but Helena revealed her house is the most like Wonderland.
She said: "Oh me. I always am, it's so twee. I'm wearing half of it around me," indicating her lavish outfit.