‘One Day’ is a charming story of a couple as they grow through life as quarrelling meant-to-be lovers. It’s based on the internationally praised best-selling novel by David Nicholls and stars Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess as two students who meet on July 15th, 1988, on the night of their graduation. Anne Hathaway’s character Emma is a working class girl of principle and ambition, Jim Sturgess’ Dexter is a wealthy charmer. For the next two decades, key moments of their relationship are experienced over several July 15ths in their lives. Together and apart, we see Dexter and Emma through their friendship and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. Somewhere along their journey, these two people realize that what they are searching and hoping for has been there for them all along. As the true meaning of that one day back in 1988 is revealed, they come to terms with the nature of love and life itself. ‘One Day’ co-stars Patricia Clarkson, Romola Garai, Jamie Sives, Rafe Spall, Ken Stott and Jodie Whittaker. Look out for ‘One Day’ in UK cinemas August 26th, and August 19th in the US.

How does Emma link within the story?

Anne Hathaway: We meet Emma right at the beginning of the film, she’s just completed her study at Edinburgh University. On the very last night – probably that she’ll ever see him – she meets Dexter Mayhew, a boy that she’s had a crush on for a very long time in school. A boy very very different from her, and against her better judgement she winds up going home with him. Things don’t go exactly as planned (laughs), I think they were expecting a romantic…something to happen (laughs). Instead they kind of wind up talking and connecting. The movie takes off from there, it’s the story of their friendship and how it changes, it grows, and is challenged over the course of twenty years.

What was it like working alongside Jim Sturgess?

Anne Hathaway: How can you not get along with Jim Sturgess?! Everyone, myself included, just adored him, and was completely in love with him. It has been eye opening to see his approach to everything. He’s a very beautiful man. very soulful. He has an enormous heart, an openess about him. But at the same time he’s very hard working, he’s so creative – all these qualities really lend themselves to the character of Dexter. Jim just bring so so much to it.

What do you think separates this story from other romantic films?

Anne Hathaway: I think, I mean no disrespect to them, because God knows I have probably made a few and will continue to, in a lot of traditional rom-coms, let’s call them, or romances – people meet in really unbelievable ways, and then they fall in love in about three weeks, and then they fight, and then somebody chases somebody across Manhattan and then they kiss, and that’s the end of the story. This movie allows these characters to get to know each other a really long time. So when they say they love each other, when they admit to it, you believe them, they’ve earned it. I think this is a movie where the characters earn your belief in their love.

What was it like playing a character over the space of twenty years?

Anne Hathaway: Initially I thought, “what an extraordinary, amazing opportunity, how much fun is it going to be to age twenty years!” Then the closer I got to doing the film I realised it was going to take a lot of very specific, carefully measured nuances and changes from year to year. Because if you’re playing a character and you see them at one point, and then you see them twenty years later, it’s easy to imagine a whole host of changes and do something quite dramatic. With this, everything had to be noticeable, but also incredibly subtle, because you don’t change every year, year to year. I feel like you go through pockets of growth in your life.

Every decision was calculated. From wardrobe – how does Emma change? Especially actually with the costumes, there’s a physicalization of the character. How do we use the clothes to reflect that? When do we make her look a bit rounder? When do we know that she’s been working out? (Laughs) I know that sounds silly, but we had to decide what her habits were at all different points in her life, and figure out how we were going to reflect that. Hair and make-up, it was the same thing, it wasn’t just about finding the right look, we had to go a lot deeper – ask ourselves why did she do this? Where was she when she decided to cut her hair off? So many factors.