Anne Hathaway has an iconic career attached to her name. She has appeared in several remarkable movies working with great directors in the industry. Her prominent roles in The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, Les Misérables, Alice in Wonderland, and Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises as Catwoman has helped the actor gain further success.
Hathaway has several accolades to her name. She won an Oscar in 2013 for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film adaptation of the musical Les Miserables. But aside from her cinematic success, the actor has a problem with her name as she stated that she doesn’t like it,
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Anne Hathaway Hates Being Called Anne
The Les Miserables actor, Anne Jacqueline Hathaway excludes her middle name for sure. But even so, Anne Hathaway does not like being called Anne. Well, she has her reasons as she explained that calling her by the name of Anne reminds the actor of her mother when she gets mad.
“The only person who ever calls me Anne is my mother, and she only does it when she’s really mad at me, like really mad,” she explained.
“So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me… People are like, ‘Anne!’ And I’m like, ‘What? What did I do?’”
Of course, she would never want to picture someone yelling at her like her mother did when she was mad at young Anne.
Further, appearing on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon the actor said that she hated being called Anne adding how she disliked her legal name. When Fallon asked the actor by what name he should call her, she asked the host to call her Annie. She also said that she prefers Annie as most people call her by that name daily. Further, Hathaway revealed that people she’s worked with have always respected her by calling her preferred name.
“People are so lovely, they don’t want to be presumptuous, and so they come up with workarounds on set because the truth is nobody’s comfortable calling me Anne ever. It doesn’t fit. I’m an Annie. People call me ‘Miss H,’ people call me ‘Hath,’ so feel free, call me anything but Anne,” she said.
Anything but Anne, it is evident how much she hates her real name.
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The Actress Could Change Her Stage Name But She Didn’t Know About It
Hathaway’s reason for the hatred for her real name is clearly justified. But she could put a halt to that, except she didn’t know she could change her stage name. She started her acting career at a very young age and at the time she didn’t give much thought to changing her name.
“When I was 14 years old I filmed a commercial and I had to get my SAG card, and they asked me, ‘What do you want your name to be?’” it would certainly be confusing for a 14-year-old actor. “I’m like, ‘Well it should be my name, my name is Anne Hathaway’,” Hathaway said.
Also, at the time, she was not sure enough that her career would expand into being one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors. By that time, it was already too late as most people were familiar with the legal name she gave at the age of 14.
“That seemed like the right choice, but it never occurred to me that for the rest of my life people would call me Anne,” the Les Miserables actor said.
Despite her hatred for her legal name, the actor still uses the name in public without taking any measures to change it. Further, her social media handles also have her name as Anne. Perhaps, her original name only bothers her when she is being called out by that.
Anne Hathaway is set to appear in Greta Gerwig’s Barbie alongside Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling. The movie will hit the theater on 21 July 2023.