British singer Susan Boyle was the inspiration for Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Accolades are pouring in for Anne Hathaway for her heart wrenching version of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in the movie ‘Les Miserables’. The petite actress, in an interview with OK! magazine, disclosed that she was inspired by Susan Boyle while giving the haunting performance.

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Before playing the doomed heroine Fantine in the musical, the ‘Princess Diary’ star had watched the episode of Britain’s got talent in which Susan Boyle was auditioning. The heart warming clip had always lifted the actress’ mood, partly due to the touching story of Boyle and partly because of Simon Cowell’s racy comments.

Anne claimed that she was not at all comfortable with her role in the highly acclaimed drama ‘Les Miserables’ that has been nominated for almost all the major awards in 2013. The actress was also not very confident about singing such a popular song. However, ultimately she got into the character and this turned out to be one of her her most memorable roles till date.

Hathaway had cut her lovely brunette tresses into a small pixie cut to fit into the role as well. In January 2013, Hathaway’s rendition of the popular number in the flick reached number 69 on the ‘Billboard Hot 100 Singles’ chart. This marks her first appearance on any music chart as well.