Anne Hathaway has taken a beating by the press the past few years, and she’s officially over it. The Academy Award-winning actress opened up about being on the wrong end of fandom during an interview with Jezebel in support of her latest film, “Colossal.”
Hathaway shared what it was like to be berated by gossip sites in articles like 12 Reasons Everyone Hates Anne Hathaway and how her character in the upcoming Nacho Vigalondo dramedy is similar to the writers who cover her in real life. She also admitted that she was attracted to her new role in part because of her history with the press.
In the film Hathaway plays Gloria, an online writer who has no job and an addiction to alcohol. And because that isn’t enough to worry about, a Godzilla-like monster has been terrorizing the people of Seoul — and it mimics her every move like an avatar.
“It’s very interesting to be talking to you about it, because I love your site. But for a while I had to stop reading it because I would just be reading about something totally unrelated to me and [see] a headline about me and how much your site dislikes me or whoever was writing it dislikes me would come up,” she explained to Jezebel writer Rich Juzwiak. “That would catch me off guard. Now it’s not that I’ve gotten a rhino skin to it, but I sort of see all of that for what it is.”
Since there are obvious parallels between Hathaway’s character Gloria — an online writer — and those who have bashed her, she understands why those types of questions would come up now. It’s the fact that those types of questions have never stopped and are brought up at nearly every junket and/or interview since then that bothers her the most.
“I think it’s weird that it continues to be talked about a little bit. I understand in the context of this movie why it should be brought up. But it comes up in every interview I do, just about. I am … not eager, but I am ready for the conversation to move to a place beyond it. I don’t have to contextualize all of my stories, all of my experiences through that time. I’m ready for it to be implied, not overtly stated.”
Love her or hate her, nothing is going to keep Hathaway down. Not only has she grown from the experience, but she’s also learned that the most important thing about her life is that she remains true to herself.
“How the world feels about me has nothing to do with me,” she told Jezebel. “How other people treat me has nothing to do with me. But if anything that anybody said resonated with me as something I’d like to work on for myself, I took it in like that. And to that extent, I feel like I got to shortcut a lot of my growth. To that extent, even though I wouldn’t have chosen to go through it, I still found a way to be grateful to it.”