Following her 2013 Oscar campaign for her heartbreaking role in Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway faced an inordinate amount of hate online. “Hathahate” became a seemingly national pastime, all because Hathaway dared to be earnest and ambitious. The gall! Anyway, after she snagged the Best Supporting Actress statue for playing the consumptive prostitute Fantine, Hathaway retreated from the public eye for a bit to have a baby and refocus, and as she is making her comeback in upcoming films like Colossal and Ocean’s 8.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Hathaway opened up a bit about her emotional state during that time, and the notoriously private star gets pretty candid. Although she may have had a smiled plastered to her face during her infamous “It came true” speech, she was anything but happy.
“I felt very uncomfortable. I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet. Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness. It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy. I didn’t feel that way. I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings. I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time. That’s the truth and that’s what happened. It sucks. But what you learn from it is that you only feel like you can die from embarrassment, you don’t actually die.”
The backlash against Hathaway always felt very inordinate, so it’s good to see that she’s doing better and isn’t letting the rancor of the internet mob get her down. Say what you will about her, Hathaway is without a doubt one of the most talented actress of her generation, so it’ll be good to see her back on the big screen soon.
(Via The Guardian)