From an unexpected princess to a Prada wearing magazine assistant; Jane Austen to Lewis Carroll’s White Queen, followed by an Oscar-winning Fantine and now a high-class thief in Ocean’s Eleven gender-flipped spin-off, there’s no disputing our Issue 33 cover star, Anne Hathaway, can do variety.
She reportedly joins Rihanna, Australia’s darling Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Helena Bonham Carter and Mindy Kaling in a cast that will certainly rival its predecessors, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, for brains, beauty and bravado.
The squad is said to be eight women strong and set to start filming in New York, not Las Vegas, come October, with a heist at the Met Gala rumoured in the script.
Produced by Ocean’s Eleven Steven Soderbergh and directed by The Hunger Games’ Gary Ross, it’s a shame to not to see more female talent behind the camera as well as in front of it in the Warner Brothers’ production, but there’s still a lot more to be announced about this inevitable blockbuster.
Love or hate the movie upon release, Anne will no longer care, as she explained to Collective Hub in our Issue 33, where she touched on her old neurosis, newfound positivity and the world’s greater than ever need for care and compassion.
On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Anne spoke about the moment she came across an article titled, ‘Why does everyone hate Anne Hathaway?’ and the effect it had on her psyche.
“I listened at first,” she said, “I couldn’t help it. You try to shut it off and I couldn’t. And then I realised why – because I hadn’t learned to love myself yet. So I took a step back and just kept living, and I feel like I’ve arrived in a place where I have a tremendous amount of love and compassion for everyone else, and for myself. And if you don’t love yourself when someone else says horrible things to you, part of you is always going to believe it.”
The daughter of an actress and a lawyer, Annie – as she’s known to her friends – grew up in New Jersey (an avid New York Giants fan, she recently came second in a fantasy football competition) and while her parents encouraged her to be creative, she was determined and incredibly focused
on becoming an actress from a young age.
Her first pay cheque was US$50 as a 13-year-old for 13 weeks of work in a stage production. She spent her windfall on a pair of leather pants. She has also admitted she cries easily (“I was reading an article about Kate Winslet and I love her so much, I started crying, realising how great she is”) but has previously said that fragility is a common trait in her industry.
“Every actor feels it. We’re all a mixture of arrogance and insecurity. I’m actually not a very confident person. I’m just very professional.”
When faced with criticism, it would be easy to harden up and become defensive (we’ve all been there). But amazingly, Anne has taken the opposite approach and softened into her fragility, admitting that she’s become a “more compassionate and loving person”.
“Figure out who you are, be happy with yourself, and don’t take anything from anyone. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about you. That’s something that I’ve been growing into,” she told Refinery29 last year. She has even embraced social media, despite it being a haters’ playground, and now uses the platform to promote female solidarity and the importance of friendship.