Scarlett Johansson: I Bombed Audition for Anne Hathaway’s Les Miserables Role

Scarlett Johansson and Anne Hathaway Neilson Barnard/Getty Images; Kevin Winter/

She dreamed a dream, but it never came true. Scarlett Johansson's wish of starring in Les Miserables was killed when she became sick with laryngitis. In a interview with, the 28-year-old actress reveals she auditioned for the role of Fantine in the Oscar-nominated film, but lost to Anne Hathaway.

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"I sang my little heart out," the 28-year-old Avengers star said of her audition, but unfortunately she wasn't at her best.

"I auditioned with laryngitis," she explained. "I did everything I could to, like, not have laryngitis."

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But looking back at it, Johansson says the right woman won the part.

"I think, looking at the film now, there's no possible way I ever could have topped that performance," she admitted. (Jessica Biel, Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard, Kate Winslet and Rebecca Hall were also considered for the role.) "It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be."

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And despite not getting the job, Johansson said her audition "brought back so many memories" from trying out for the part of young Cosette when she was a child. "It was fun for me to revisit that," Johansson explained.

Hathaway, 30, has been nominated for a 2013 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role, and has already won a Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Award.

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