I’d like to tackle a truly polarizing topic: Anne Hathaway.
It’s very rare to come across a fairly cultured, in-the-know kind of person who actually likes her, and I include myself in that group. If you’ve paid attention to her, her interviews, or her speeches over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed the following:
- She’s pretentious.
- She takes herself very seriously.
- She probably uses words like “brave” to describe acting.
In 2006, she was on Oprah, along with her Brokeback Mountain co-stars, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams and Jake Gyllenhaal. During that interview, something struck me: The other three were obviously very close-knit (and by “obviously,” I mean two of them had a baby together and the other one was named godfather). Anne was the outsider– she wasn’t dark or deep or layered enough to fit in with their clique. She probably watched Ugly Betty alone in her trailer with a pile of Jelly Bellies, while Heath, Michelle and Jake smoked and drank and talked about Jack Kerouac while playing Russian Roulette with a rusty knife for the duration of the shoot. During that hour of daytime television, they weren’t mean to her, they didn’t ignore, her, but her whole being screamed, “Hey, what about me, guys?”
I can’t tell you how much that feeling resonates with me. My grade school self, my high school self, my college self, my career self.
So what about her, guys? A few years later, she’s on top of her career. She’s alive. She’s happily married. She is a Golden Globe winner. She will most likely be an Oscar winner in a few short weeks– all for a part that let her theatre geek nerd light shine, unapologetically (in a film that Beef would like to point out only got a 63 on metacritic).
She cut off her Princess Diaries hair. She literally starved herself on lettuce leaves to look like she was dying. She worked really, really hard, the way she wanted to– and it’s paying off for her. She’s super happy and super proud of herself. And she super should be.
And yet, if you Google “Anne Hathaway Annoying,” your computer will crash with a bajillion hits. She’s still nobody’s darling. I mean, “Thank you for this lovely blunt object that I will forever more use as a weapon against self-doubt”??? COME ON! Nerd alert! In fact, it is the very fact that I find Anne rather abrasive and self-important that I respect her so much. F those Brokeback Mountain cool kids. She did it on her terms and did what made her happy and didn’t care what anybody else said or did.
And that, my friends, is kinda brave.