For most actors, cleaning up on the awards circuit (Golden Globes, SAG, Academy Award) is an amazing pinnacle in their careers. That wasn’t the case for Anne Hathaway. She took home plenty of statuettes for her acting in ‘Les Miserables,’ but it was like the more she won, the more ire that she faced. Now Anne is opening up about that difficult period.
She covers the September issue of InStyle:
Anne opened up about the media scrutiny she’s experienced as an A-list actress.
For a very long time I felt I was being hunted, and it made me very unhappy. But in the past few years I’ve been working on changing the script inside my head. Life’s too short to be anyone but yourself. Let the chips fall where they may.”
That includes dealing with the New York Times profile piece last year titled ‘Do We Really Hate Anne Hathaway?’ When asked about that, Anne said:
There is a certain type of media that trades on desperation and will paint someone with that filter if it will make them money, whether the story is true or not. That story was written by a man. Among the women I’ve worked with and met in my industry, I feel supported.”
Best of all, Anne is supporting herself.
There was a stretch of my life when I wasn’t comfortable being myself. I didn’t think I was good enough. So I pretended to be someone I wasn’t. To be a person in the spotlight, I pretended to be someone who could be in the spotlight. I’m so over that now. I just try to be my best self all the time, with some notable late-night lapses.”
I think that’s essential for being in the public eye: being comfortable with yourself and having a strong sense of self. How else can you imagine all the scrutiny that people in the public eye experience? You can’t let your sense of self rest on the impression of a bunch of strangers, many of whom are writing click-bait internet articles, or you’ll go insane. Good for Anne for learning how to manage!
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