Famous for her Oscar-winning performances, porcelain skin, big doe-eyes, full lips, wonderful singing voice, and unique sense of style, Anne Hathaway is truly a celebrity and a fashion icon in every sense. Her red carpet moments never fail to get the attention of photographers, reporters, designers, and fans alike.
“Annie has such an irrepressible spirit and is a lot of fun to work with and to just be with,” says Meryl Streep. “I love her because she is so game and up for anything. She has a goofy side, but her talent is deep and serious. She has done some challenging work in the past few years, and she is simply unafraid to jump off the high dive.”
‘Annie’, as her friends call her, is inspiring for many reasons. For one, she supports many charities and causes. Her brother is gay, and she has spoken out many times about gay rights. In fact, in 2012, following her wedding, Hathaway announced that the money raised from selling her wedding photos would be split between Freedom to Marry (which campaigns for gay couples to have the right to wed), the American Cancer Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and The Girl Effect, a non-profit which helps impoverished young women. With all the charity work she does, she really takes her position as a celebrity role model seriously.
With several film awards under her belt, she is unquestionably in the spotlight. Reading about Anne Hathaway everywhere gathers mixed reactions from both the media and practically anyone who feels entitled to his or her own opinion. In the midst of the good and bad reactions, Anne speaks up with confidence about her ways and her perspectives in life, both in and out of showbiz.
Urbanette asked Annie to share her views on several topics, and this is what she told us:
“What I find is that I can push through anything… I have an enormous amount of drive. But on the inside I’m a bunch of pulpy wet leaves; I’m so defenseless, probably pathologically so.”
“Confidence is not something that blooms overnight. It takes time to develop, at least it has for me.”
On beauty and diet:
“In the months leading up to filming my role as Catwoman, I was obsessed with fitting into that suit. My nutritionist suggested I try a vegan diet, and so I did. It really helped me lose the weight without feeling like I was dieting. I felt so much healthier and my skin got a great glow. After I finished the rooftop fight [scene in Dark Knight], I ate four slices of pizza and split a bottle of red wine with my guy. I hadn’t eaten like that in months. I felt so ill. By the time the movie finished, I decided to give veganism a try. You can’t go hog-wild as a vegan. You can eat a lot of pasta and have a few vegan pastries.”
On looking and feeling good:
“I look my best after an entire hair and makeup team has spent hours perfecting me. But I still feel the stress over ‘Am I thin enough? Am I too thin? Is my body the right shape?’ There’s an obsessive quality to it that I thought I would’ve grown out of by now. It’s an ongoing source of shame for me. I feel my best when I haven’t looked in a mirror for days, and I’m doing things that make me happy.“
“I’m so bad, I interrupt everybody. I’m so obnoxious. I just get really excited when I talk, and especially when I talk to people who are fun to talk to, and I jump in at the end of every sentence and nobody ever gets to finish a thought.”
On being a celebrity:
“I see those magazines when I get my nails done. You switch off. You go numb. It’s definitely a thing to be sitting there, getting a pedicure, and you look over and someone is reading an article about an aspect of your life that you know is not true. It’s weird, it’s uncomfortable, but I don’t see it changing anytime soon, so I should figure a way to laugh through it. Entertainment news journalists are dangerous. They take a little tiny thing and you blow it up into a new career! At this stage in my life—and this moment will not last forever—me walking my dog is news. But I’m an actress. The celebrity thing just happened.”
On world problems:
“I take very seriously the idea that I can make an impact in the world, I hold back my voice so I can make more of an impact when I do use it. The strange thing is that we assume that we’ve come so far as compassionate citizens of the world if we do choose to read the news, yet the attitude towards life can be one where we put blinders on and forget that there are civil wars going on. It’s easy to forget that there are so many people starving to death every single day. And that for me is the one that I just can’t get my head around. I understand wars; conflict has existed throughout history, and there’s a history to these current conflicts. I understand that. But poverty and hunger are things that everybody could be involved in fighting.”
On college education:
“College is such a unique time because you’re learning a little bit how to be an adult. You’re learning how to take care of yourself without parental influence, and you’re exposed to so many great minds. I feel like I didn’t even know how to think until I got to college. I could have traveled the world with a backpack and would have gotten nothing from it, I was just this lost, timid person.”
“I think that fashion can be a lot of fun. I love clothes, but I recognize that it should only be a hobby. Some clothes that are more design-based look better on women with figures like wire hangers, because that’s the nature of the design. I won’t wear those clothes. I also try to wear vegan clothing when I can. I love my vegan boots by Tom Ford.”
“There are a few things. One is not taking full advantage of every opportunity—missing out on something for whatever reason, being distracted, and not making the most of every opportunity that you’re given… Not living up to the expectations of the director is pretty terrifying. Being exposed as a fraud—that’s pretty terrifying. Then I think there’s a vanity aspect of it. All of a sudden, you walk on the camera, and your ass looks horrible… The last one I can live with, but the other two are way more important.”
“I’ve been exploring some things I’m interested in—you know, a little bit of writing, a little bit of shooting, a little bit of drawing, a little bit of this, a little bit of that. I’d love to be an artist that’s multifaceted. At the moment, I am not. But wouldn’t that be cool if I was like, ‘Yeah, let me pull out my guitar and play you a song.’ I would adore that. I’m, so far, not gifted in that way. But I’m a very hard worker and a very determined person, so who knows?”