As Fantine's virtuous daughter, Seyfried avoided most of the misery: no crash diets, no Paris sewer scenes. "I was the most comfortable of anybody in the cast!"
The role of the idealistic young rebel wasn't the one the British actor dreamed of. "I wanted to be [street urchin] Gavroche," he admits. "My inner 7-year-old was jealous."
Off-set singalongs calmed the nerves of the film's newcomer, who played the role onstage in London. "It linked us. Anne and I sang a duet from Rent. Amanda and I sang Adele."
He's intimidating onscreen, but on-set, Hathaway says, "Russell was the glue. He was the first to say, 'Why don't you come to my house? We'll have a couple drinks and we'll sing.'"
Sacha Baron Cohen
After the cast filmed weeks of wrenching scenes, "Sacha and Helena Bonham Carter [who plays the comic innkeeper's wife] arrived, and it was this lightness we all needed," says Redmayne.
PLAYS: Jean Valjean
A leader on-set, Jackman did his best to entertain the cast and crew. "I sang 'Hallelujah' with Russell," he says. "Annie and I did a bit of an impromptu show, waiting for the rain to stop."
Like everyone in the cast, Hathaway auditioned for her role. "They asked me to prepare 'I Dreamed a Dream'," she recalls. "This has been a joy. We're all such massive Les Mis geeks."