- Anne Hathaway’s versatility as an actress is evident in her ability to play both princesses and darker characters, which has made her a favorite in Hollywood for years.
- Hathaway faced backlash and criticism after winning a Golden Globe and an Oscar, with critics finding her speeches and behavior to be inauthentic.
- Christopher Nolan’s support and casting of Hathaway in “Interstellar” helped revive her career and showcase her talent, proving that the negative perception of her was unfounded.
Anne Hathaway is one of the most versatile actors of her generation. Anne’s versatility can be seen in the number of her films that have grossed over $100 million. She can just as easily play a princess as she can darker characters. This is why Hathaway has long been considered to be a lock in her career to win the coveted EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony) title.
The adoration that Hollywood has for Hathaway these days was not always the case. In fact, when Hathaway should have been the belle of the ball during awards season in 2013, she was anything but. Instead, Hathaway was found to be “inauthentic” and pushy, a characterization that was made after Hathaway won a Golden Globe and followed her to the Academy Awards.
Because of this, after being named the winner of Best Supporting Actress, Hathaway and her career were left floundering all because winning an Oscar made critics hate Hathaway. The odd response showed just how fickle Hollywood could be when making generalizations without having all the facts at hand.
Anne Hathaway Was Publicly Roasted After The Oscars And Lost Film Roles
Before the Oscars, Hathaway had won a Golden Globe for her performance in Les Miserables. The speech that Hathaway gave for winning the award left many feeling that she was over-rehearsed. A feeling that Hathaway gave off with her anxiety that read as something other than sincere.
“Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forevermore use as a weapon against self-doubt,” Hathaway said in her speech. A line that many felt was strange to say and came across as inauthentic as well.
Hathaway had forgotten to thank her management team in her speech and instead of letting others speak before her when the film won Best Musical, Hathaway took it upon herself to speak first.
These events were not the best moments in Hathaway’s career and she had an opportunity to turn around how the public perceived her at the Academy Awards if she won. Hathaway was struggling with and felt wrong being nominated for her performance, however, given that she had done so much to harm herself for the role.
The uncomfortable feelings that Hathaway had were palpable. When Hathaway’s name was called for Best Supporting Actress, her speech landed flat. More problematic still to the public was that when asked if she had rehearsed her speech, Hathaway said she had, which left a bad taste in critics’ mouths.
The morning after the Oscars, Hathaway found herself to be one of the most hated actors which equated to losing roles.
“I had directors say to me, ‘I think you’re great’,” Hathaway explained. “‘You’re perfect for this role, but I don’t know how audiences will accept you because of all this stuff, this baggage’.”
In short order, Hathaway had gone from a beloved actor to someone that fans no longer wanted to see on the big screen. She was a pariah.
It appeared that Hathaway’s career might not survive the hit it took from the speeches given at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards. That is until Christopher Nolan ignored all the chatter about Hathaway and helped her to turn her career around.
Anne Hathaway Made Sacrifices For ‘Les Miserables’
As soon as Les Miserables hit the theaters, there was Oscar buzz. Not only for the film itself but the actors, one of which was Hathaway.
The buzz surrounding Hathaway was unsurprising because she had given her all. This included Hathaway sacrificing her health for the role of Fantine. While this dedication to the role and losing 25 pounds in a short period to appear the part on the big screen ultimately led to an Oscar win, Hathaway’s physical and mental health took a while to rebound from the stress the Devil Wears Prada star put on herself.
“I’d lost an unhealthy amount of weight in two weeks,” Hathaway, explained. “I didn’t know anything about nutrition. I taxed my body, and my brain bore the brunt of it for a while. I just felt very anxious and very lost at that time.”
Hathaway continued, saying, “That weight loss was not a long-term good thing for my health, and it took a really long time to come back from it. And I was still really sick because of it.”
It was this commitment to the role in conjunction with Hathaway’s brilliant acting and singing that made her a clear winner for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. An award that Hathaway won and appeared to be celebrated for on the night of the Academy Awards.
But the following morning, instead of being one of the most celebrated actors by news outlets, Hathaway was publicly roasted. Hathaway was instead hated.
Christopher Nolan Helped Turn Anne Hathaway’s Career
Nolan and Hathaway had worked together on The Dark Knight Rises before any of the backlash from the award ceremonies for Les Miserables ever took place. As such, Nolan knew what kind of actor Hathaway was, and he knew that she would be a perfect fit for his film, Interstellar.
This would not only help Hathaway’s self-confidence but put Hollywood’s confidence back in Hathaway as a bankable actor and reignite her career again.
“Once it was announced that I was doing Interstellar,” Hathaway explained to Harper’s Bazaar, “thankfully the phone started ringing again.”
Once Hollywood got wind that Hathaway was working again, there was no longer the fear that she was not bankable. All it took was one director who could see through all the chatter and bad press to know that the persona critics had created for Hathaway was not who she was.
As a result, Hathaway’s career took off yet again and today, she is no longer someone that fans or critics hate.