'Les Miserables': Reigniting the eternal heartache of Eponine and Marius

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Does Marius know that Eponine loves him?

I don’t think so. I think he sees her as a little sister.

It’s no secret that a lot of people are rooting for Marius and Eponine, though.

In the musical people are always like “Why don’t you just! Eponine is so sexy!”  But what I love is the quiet strength that Amanda brings to Cosette. Her performance has made it a real love triangle.

Amanda manages to give weight to a part that has so little on the page of real substance. There’s that amazing moment in “A Heart Full of Love” where Marius goes [singing], “I don’t know what to say.” And she goes, “Then make no sound.” She’s so calm in it. She’s like, “So don’t speak.” And you can actually believe falling that quickly for someone that beautiful.

Rather than normally where people are like, “Oh come on Marius,” now people are going, “Oh well Eponine is so extraordinary, but oh I kind of get that [Cosette] too.” There’s a sort of dilemma there.

Love at first sight isn’t the easiest concept to convey.

I never really buy love at first sight on stage because it looks performed. Seeing Baz Luhrmann’s version of Romeo + Juliet and that way that the characters see each other through the fish tank, I was convinced that this would work better than the musical. It’s one of those moments where I sat there and thought, oh this will be interesting to see how that transfers to film.

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