Rising star Emmy Rossum took the preparation for her role as Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s big screen version of The Phantom Of The Opera very seriously.
The film didn’t fare too well, either with the American critics or at the US box office, where it came in tenth over the Christmas weekend. But New Yorker Rossum has risen above the fray to be anointed Hollywood’s next big thing.
The actress, who was performing on stage at New York’s Metropolitan Opera with the likes of Placido Domingo when she was just 12, went to great lengths to research the part, including attending a seance to get a better understanding of how her character came to terms with her father’s death.
She has quickly gained a reputation for being feisty on set, but is forgiven everything because she appears to have the talent to back up her precocious arrogance.
Still, she doesn’t sound like she was much fun to be around during the filming. She told the Los Angeles Times: “I always break myself down emotionally, enlarging certain parts of myself. All of a sudden, I’m more Christine than Emmy, a moth in larva coming out of the shell. This shoot was tough on my family because – inhabiting Christine’s terror and pain – I was depressed, tormented, for six months. Wearing the tightest of corsets for 14 hours-a-day made things even tougher.”