Samantha Bark as Eponine and Eddie Redmayne as Marius Pontmercy, in the 2012 film version of the Broadway musical “Les Miserables.”
“I love singing. Music was kind of how I got into acting. And so I sang a lot. I played the piano a wee bit. And I sang at university and I had sort of choral scholarship there. But then theater took over, and I hadn’t sung for ten, 12 years when we did “Les Mis.” And that was amazing.
“It was incredibly exposing. It was recorded live, so there would be a tiny little earpiece with a tinny electric piano, that if there was other noise, like a rain machine or something, you could not hear a thing. And sometimes if you were singing loudly, you couldn’t hear anything that was going on in your ear. So it was, like, very, very odd circumstances, and quite taxing ones, but [director] Tom Hooper had decided that that was the way to get the most urgent, real quality to the singing. And so it felt raw, and I really enjoyed it.
“But do I think of myself as a singer? No, I really enjoy singing, but I sound a bit like Kermit the Frog!”