Anne Hathaway: Women ‘get pressure to define ourselves by how wild we are’

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway covers the January issue of Glamour to promote Les Miserables and that Oscar that she really wants. Well, maybe she doesn’t try so hard this time around for that shiny hunk of metal wrapped in 24-carat gold plating. This is Glamour, by the way, and not some industry magazine. So here, Anne pushes clothing and her growing-out hair by looking playful in a Monrow tank and Clover Canyon brief bottoms. She then wears a dreadfully bright yellow Alexander McQueen dress in the editorial. Also, instead of talking about her starvation diet for Les Mis, Anne discusses how she prepared for The Dark Knight Rises. Actually, this interview is kind of dull when one considers that these are the portions that have been released thus far. The interview was actually conducted by author Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues), so it’s rather surprising that the discussion turned out so dry. Here are some excerpts:

Anne Hathaway

She won’t shop until 2013: “I looked at my life when I was on my honeymoon, which was gorgeous, and I thought, I need nothing. I’m not buying myself a single thing for the rest of this year.”

She’s a competitive actress: “I like to fight for a job. You feel like you’ve emerged from the scrap, and you’re like, ‘OK, this one’s mine. Did it. Done.’”

Females get a raw deal: “We get pressure to define ourselves as women by how wild we are: How many guys did you sleep with? How drunk did you get?”

On memories: “When I think back to some of the most fun nights in my life, it was just me out dancing.”

On training for The Dark Knight Rises: “I don’t go the soy-meat route; I have a really plant-based diet. So I wind up cooking at home a lot. Kale is amazing. Spelt [a kind of wheat] pasta is amazing. I can’t do the white-flour stuff. It makes me really ill.”

[From Glamour]

There’s not too much to grab onto here, but I guess the best thing to discuss is how Anne feels like the female identity is far too tied into the number of dudes one bangs while drunk. I think she’s saying that she never caved to the pressure or something, but it’s a very confusing statement to interpret (as far as Anne’s motivation goes) without knowing the context of what she and Eve Ensler were actually discussing. Anne has always maintained a very wholesome image, and she even managed to extricate herself from con-man boyfriend Raffaello Follieri relatively unscathed. So I think she’s mostly genuine in her good-girl image, or she’s just got a really good PR team.

Cute pictures. Shame about this awful yellow McQueen dress.

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Photos courtesy of Glamour

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  1. Ranunculus says:

    She has such a fake smile!

  2. Amelia says:

    Has she never heard ‘overfamiliarly breeds contempt’?
    Her face is everywhere. Oy.
    Perez released some clips from the film a few days ago.
    I’d say she and Samantha Barks are the best two singers in these clips, but Russell, however … I’ll say it. Miscast. He may have a background in musicals but he does not have the voice to carry the weight of Javert IMO.
    And as much as I love, love, love Hugh, the musical fan-girl in me really wishes Alfie Boe was given the part of Jean Valjean. He was incredible in the West End.

  3. Birdie says:

    there is a solved blind item about her on blindgossip that she had a full blown affair with christian bale on the set of DKR. odd.

  4. Seagulls says:

    Magazines editors: Please stop putting her on magazine covers. She is neither talented nor especially pretty, and she’s about as interesting as a gallon of milk.

  5. judyjudy says:

    My husband thinks she’s gorgeous and it makes me crazy because I just don’t see it. I think she looks like such a goon.

  6. Saphana says:

    She might have a point. thats whats cool right now. People are pointing out “slut shaming” but rarely say anything when virgins are shamed for example. people are almost being attacked when they marry young “it wont last, sow your wild oats” and stuff.
    the basic message is that you should sleep with as many people as possible while you are young. because getting boned for 2 minutes in the missionary position by a drunk guy totally teaches you about sex and you gather experience…
    There was/is certainly always the pressure for guys to be the guy that drinks the most and who lays the most chicks. listen to guys talking, they shame the guys that dont try to bump every chick.

    There certainly is a pressure to “lose it” for everyone before university. thats so sad because sex is something beautiful.

    also girls like Emma Watson for example get the label boring and bland because they dont fall out of cars drunk.

    • Emily says:

      I agree completely. Down with prude-shaming!!!

    • LittleDeadGirl says:

      So true. I’m so sick of the damned if you do damned if you don’t. If you sleep with guys well you’re a whore but if you don’t well there must be something wrong with you. I’ve been prude shamed alot because I’ve had only a few boyfriends and rarely get drunk, I drink a little, but don’t like to end up barfing in some toilet at the end of the night. Apparently I’m not enjoying life. Cause that’s all there is to life …

      • TG says:

        @Littledeadgirl – You are not alone and I have a good life and never get drunk. I have only been drunk 3 times in my life and am in my mid-thirties and will never do so again. I hate waking up with a hangover and noon or later, also I have a daughter now so can’t even take one of those tylenol pm’s on occassion since I need to be alert at all times. I am an early bird so nothing trumps getting up early imo. I also did not sleep around. Though I will say if I had it to do over again I would learn to get more confidence so that I don’t immediately fall in love with the guy. I don’t think you need to be out having sex with everyone but it is good to just date and not worry about whether he will call or not. I grew up in a small town and all the kids cruised around saying there was nothing to do. Yes, there was they just had no imagination. My family didn’t even have TV and we had fun every weekend outdoors and enjoying one another.

        Regarding Annie I am willing to like her though I still am not convinced she was completely innocent in her dealings with that Italian. I think she was after the high life and got burned, but fortunately had a good PR team. I guess I find it hard to believe that someone could be that naive, but then again President Clinton’s advisor was fooled too so maybe she really was. It is still embarrassing to have on your resume, but we all make mistakes when we are young, or at least most of us do.

      • LittleDeadGirl says:

        Thanks for your nice comment TG. Glad I’m not alone :) Sometimes I feel like a freak because I haven’t slept with 20 guys. I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with that but I definitly get tired of the way media portrays people that don’t sleep with alot of people or drink excessively. I’ve had probably more adventures in my life than people who go to the bar all the time. So I by no means regret my decisions or need anyone’s approval just nice to know someone else also has the same experience :)

    • LeslieM says:

      I would like to think that most women are not being pressured to be sluts or drunks. What a weird comment. I know it is true to some degree but what a generalization. Is she saying she’s feeling this pressure. That makes no sense. I am so over her, her weird comments and her ego.

    • Sasha says:

      It’s funny that you mention Watson because she knows how to sleep around and leave strip clubs with her tits uncovered and holding Harvey Weinsten’s hand. Just because Warner Bros. chose a public persona for her when she was only 10 years old does not mean she is a goody two shoes.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Very true, VERY true. The pendulum swings and suddenly if you’re not on the ground you’ve been brainwashed by the patriarchy, rejected by women who have the maturity and confidence to ‘embrace their sexuality’ and remind you that you’re living a hollow husk of a life, alone and manipulated by tradition, living in fear and just too ignorant to know that you’re being controlled and setting back the women’s movement. Free yo’ ass, and the rest will follow, right? And if you’ve forgotten, all the women off the world are fundamentally evil and that’s why I only have male friends. I’m the exception that proves the rule: I’m just better than you? What was that, you can’t bother being around someone who is eliciting glee by morally triumphing over you’re entire sex, who do you think you are?

      That’s the gist of it, people assuming that a quiet life is one half-lived and means you’re only accessing a tiny sliver in the landscape of human existence, and you need a life coach in the form of someone liberated (which is a synonym for licentious, these days) to fix you so that you’re not the unthinking obedient thrall of a world built to opress you, which is so clearly what your life is like if it’s lived that way.

      An animated pony momentarily freed from its youth-oriented product postioning once told me, ‘Sometimes, you gotta get tough if you wanna be free’. And though in this case I would hazzard to guess that this ‘freedom’ has little to with running through the clover and gently lapping the sweet waters of an unmarked rill whose geopolitical boundaries and sympathies are still under great dispute, I say this: Even a woman who wakes up in her bed without a partner there has stories to tell, sagacity to share, and the freedom to drink cranberry juice without there being an anecdote from a past that may not have decreased in activity but has surely increased in responsibility and the recognition of warninng signs.

  7. Victoria1 says:

    Ugh I’m not looking forward to my glamour in the mail. First Selena Gomez now this one. Glamour magazine stop… Bring back real models enough with boring celebs

  8. Belle Epoch says:

    The photoshopping on the cover is just bizarre! Her real face is cockeyed and strange so they tried to make it symmetrical – thereby eliminating what she actually looks like. She looks like she got dropped on her head a few times as a baby.

    Agree with others who do not find her interesting or gorgeous. Can someone be “extremely meh”?

  9. says:

    She looks like a middle age woman in the cover pictures, mostly due to the atrocious hairstyling.

  10. Dana says:

    They should just ban yellow on dresses… It’s an impossible colour to pull off and everyone who wore it since the Emmys flopped big time. Don’t they look in the mirror, can’t they see how ridiculous thy look? Why are they pushing it? And don’t these starlets/ actress wannabes have a decent stylist in their teams… Geez… let’s bring purple back.

    And please, as far as the nice, good girl persona goes, that’s all that is, a fabrication. The more they push it, the less I’m buying it. These actors plays roles in movies and they also play a role in the public, for the public… It’s all make belief courtesy of good, well payed PR teams. And you see the lack of that when the ugly truth comes out of their mouth or when they don’t filter what they’re saying…
    Does Cumberbatch ring any bells? Or even Lawrence? Though in her case it’s more that her team finds it cute and more approachable for the people at home. But I’ve seen how people turned on her on some forums… so her pitch might change come next year. The only ones I find that are genuinely genuine are McAvoy and Knightley… and boy to they get burn it for it.
    I’m tired of try-hard Anne.. give her the Oscar already and lets be done with it. They always go away after they won the thing.. some of them for good.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I’m clearly waaaaay behind on my ‘foot-in-mouth’ moments with a looooot of celebs.

      I know that they need some level of visibility so they don’t completely fall off, but these people need to know that they need to go away for long enough for us to forget how much we can’t stand them. I was never going to see this film, but this brazen charade makes me want to go back in time, retroactive un-read this book and torch every library in Paris–and this is a book I like! What the f–k have you done to my literacy, Anne? Your namesake got the the second-best bed in the will and was lost to time: PLEASE FOLLOW SUIT.

  11. ramona says:

    She is an extremely unattractive woman. I cannot stand looking at her face. And her voice, as I’ve heard it in the Les Mis previews, is a train wreck. Makes me feel terrible for all the talented singers who’ve portrayed Fantine over the years…

  12. LittleDeadGirl says:

    I really like Anne. She’s beautiful and she’s very talented. I don’t see anything wrong with her message “you do what you want … don’t let media force you into fucking every guy you meet because else there must be something wrong with you”. If you’re not getting drunk or being “wild” you’re not fun. Is that really the best message we can be sending to young women? Not … go see the world … read a book … take up a hobby …

  13. Cathy says:

    At least her hair and makeup look good. Don’t care for the dress though.

  14. Sassy says:

    Totally thought the first picture was Jessica Biel with short hair…does NOT look like anne at all

  15. Miss M says:

    “Anne has always maintained a very wholesome image, and she even managed to extricate herself from con-man boyfriend Raffaello Follieri relatively unscathed.”

    Didn’t she mention a while ago she did similar things that Lindsay did, but she was not in the public eye?

    Right Ann… playing the game!

  16. Reece says:

    I like the dress. I don’t get the cover…

  17. shelley says:

    I think she looks beautiful. She has been a star in spite of hollywood pressures to look like a blonde bimbo.

  18. Tuxedo Cat says:

    I love her makeup on the cover, and I don’t know why they put her in that yellow dress when she’s so pale.

    She would have been better in a midnight blue or even jewel colours.

  19. The Original Victoria says:

    Okay unlike with Blake, who may be fame whorey but seems nice to me, I totally understand why Anne, gets the hate. She can come off as a bit extra at times. But think she is beautiful. There is something about her that has appealed to me since I saw her on that show get real. I think she’s genuine but she wants people to like her. I used to be like that.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      ‘Too extra’–someone’s laying down the Caribbean slang and I heartily approve.

      I remember Get Real existing. It was pretty histrionic if I’m remembering what little I saw. I do remember seeing that her name was Anne Hathway and thiniking, ‘Oh, Pazuzu, this is going to be totes fthtagn’.

      I think celebrities should take instruction on how to present themsemlves professionally with some kind of ‘Earnestness To Insufferability’ scale, with penalties for every eyeroll elicited from an audience.

  20. hatsumomo says:

    I must really be the only person who loike the yellow dress. Its flowy, billowy and airy, reminds me of something Florence from Florence + The Machine would wear in cream. Id try to pull it off if it came in another color.

  21. KellyinSeattle says:

    Okay, so I’ve decided to be a slut and a drunk all on my own!

  22. jane says:

    No…only women of celebrity. Most of us are just fine!

  23. Albeli says:

    OMG, she looks at least fifty. What did they do to her?

  24. Kathryn says:

    Gorgeous as always and I’m loving her hair!

  25. bELLA says:


  26. FrenchT says:

    Her horse mouth offends me

  27. Mew says:

    She’s kind of odd bird to me.. not really beautiful, odd looking with her features but not exactly ugly. Not really a good actress, she’s just bland. Well, that’s better than being disastrous but somehow she’s just so bland it starts to annoy.

  28. Granger says:

    Her features have always reminded me somewhat of Julia Roberts. Everything is too big and too wonky. Some people think it works; I think it works better on Anne than Julia, but then I’ve never been a JR fan so I’m biased.

    Remember when Julia wore a short wig for “Mary Reilly”? Her fans nearly died of horror. She looked truly awful — and she never did it again!