"Samantha Barks doesn't stop grinning once all afternoon,
and with good reason: She has just won the most coveted
role of the year. After playing Eponine in the West End,
she has been asked to continue the part in Tom Hooper's
movie adaption of Les Miserables, allegedly over Taylor
Swift, among others. "It's a character that is so close
to my heart. I'm still in a state of shock," she says
with wide eyes. Starring in a film with Anne Hathaway
(Fantine) and Hugh Jackman (as Jean Valjean) is quite
a coup for someone who started on the TV talent contest
I'd Do Anything, but Barks is nothing if not determined.
I've been singing and dancing since I was three. When I
found acting, it linked everthing together, it made
everything come alive.
People ask if moving to London alone at 16 was scary, but
it wasn't. It was just something that was in my bones, I
had to do it.
The stage is my home. However daunting what I'm doing might
be, I feel relaxed and calm there. It's something that I
Cameron Mackintosh announced live on stage that I had the
part of Eponine. I could literally hear my heartbeat, but
no actual thoughts were going through my head. It was the
most surreal moment of my life. I'm still buzzing.
I was thrown in at the deep end. The first day I walked
into the rehearsal room to see Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway,
Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne and Russell Crowe. And then
there was me."