Anne Hathaway ‘doesn’t believe she’s as gifted’ as Streep, Blanchett or Winslet

The Los Angeles Times did a long, magazine-like profile of Anne Hathaway, all part of promotion for Les Miserables and for Anne’s Oscar campaign, of course. It’s an interesting piece – you can read the whole thing here. The article doesn’t editorialize as much as a magazine piece would, but the vibe is definitely “Annie suffers terribly because she’s always trying to break out of the goody-two-shoes mold.” There’s also a vibe of “Annie suffers terribly because she’s such a perfectionist and so, so neurotic.” Which she is, in all honesty. She’s a perfectionist, she’s really neurotic about doing a good job and not letting anyone down, and good for her. When men have those qualities, we consider them geniuses. So I’m fine with that, but this whole “Annie doesn’t want to be seen as a princess” thing is kind of meh. She has a lot of fans because women young and old think she’s classy and a half-decent role model for young women. Of course, that was before Annie flashed her biscuit. Anyway, here are some highlights from the piece:

Attending Vassar and NYC (to get a BA): “I felt a certain degree of failure in going to school at first because I couldn’t put it off by having a job” in acting, she acknowledged.

On the criticism for her co-hosting the Oscars in 2011: “I walked around feeling sick to my stomach for a week,” she admitted.

Comparisons: “I see the sort of work that people like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet can do, and I want to do that level of work so badly,” said the actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for “Rachel Getting Married” but didn’t win (the three women she referenced all have Oscars to their names). “But I don’t believe I’m as gifted as them. So the only thing I can control is how hard I work at it — how much do I commit to it? How far will I take it?”

Losing weight for Fantine: “Tom [Hooper, the director] didn’t like what I was doing, but he understood why I was doing it,” Hathaway countered. “No one liked what I was doing. By the end, people were hugging me and they would get emotional because I felt so frail.”

She’s neurotic: “If I have an extra glass of wine the night before I shoot a scene,” she said, “I don’t feel good about myself because of that. If I see it on-screen, the guilt is immediate. I feel like maybe I’ve let the scene down.”

She really felt it when she sang “I Dreamed a Dream”: “The second all of those feelings that Fantine was feeling were turned on me, they were savage — they were animalistic, they had teeth and talons and they were shredders,” she said. “I tried not to think about myself that day because I was in a very unkind place. Fantine did nothing wrong. And I think that’s where I was getting in a lot of pain because of it. She’s innocent.”

Inherited perfectionism: “I think I’ve always taken acting very seriously and almost with a certain degree of earnestness because my mother was so talented and didn’t work a lot,” she explained.

Her career post-Fantine: “I just feel that now I’m being viewed very differently,” she said. After other roles, she said, “I’d think — ‘Oh, this is the moment’ — I’m playing a recovering drug addict. But there was always a kind of push back, like, ‘Oh, she’s not that sexy.’ People were trying to put me in the good girl category or the bad girl category, and this is the first time I’ve ever been seen as a whole.”

Marriage: “I know it sounds really eager, but I’m super psyched to be married,” she said. “I feel very blessed in this moment, because I’m going through something that you could easily get swept up in, and I just want to go home and hang out with my husband every day. Letting yourself be taken care of is the most remarkable experience. I don’t fall apart as much, because I know I can.”

[From The Los Angeles Times]

I know some of you will throw a “bitch please” at Anne for name-checking Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet, but in her defense… she’s not outright saying “I am their heir” or “I’m going to be just like them!” It feels more like she’s fan-girling, and honestly asking “I’m not as good as them, what can I do to be as good as them?”

By far, the most interesting part of the story was when they go into how Anne filmed “I Dreamed a Dream”. Anne kept asking the director for more takes, and she kept going and going until she had sung the song more than 20 times. Tom Hooper kept telling her that she gave the perfect take on Take 4, but Anne kept trying to be MORE perfect. Finally, Hooper told her to stop and Anne says, “And I was like, ‘Fair enough.’ I never bettered it.” When asked if she liked the version that ended up in the film, her reply is “Eh.” I mean… she’s a perfectionist. She’s neurotic. She IS a goody-two-shoes. But why is that a bad thing?

Here are a few photos of Anne, Adam and Esmeralda (the dog) out and about in NYC on Friday. Check out Anne’s mittens!!

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and PCN.

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  1. Eleonor says:

    I would give Anne that damn oscar only to shut her up.

    • carrie says:

      i guess she’s ll sleep with it during some years and she will show it to every one(the postman,the neighbours….)

    • Chrissy says:


      If only she’d shut up after that…she would yap on and on about it. How it twinkles, how bald Oscar’s head is, how oat paste is what Oscar would taste like if she licked it, something anything

      (sorry for the above^a little off from all the NYE celebrating. Happy New Year everyone!)

    • booger says:


    • RocketMerry says:

      Yep. She needs it badly. Shutting up, that is.

      Side note, “It feels more like she’s fan-girling”. Nope, to me it reads like she’s being fake-modest (and ass-licking, as @Em notes a few posts down) to appear more worthy of the damn Oscar.
      What is it about a semi naked man dipped in gold with a giant sword that makes all actresses go cra… Oh, wait.

      • erika says:

        Gawd…..seriously! that’s what it comes down to, a tacky gold statue!

        Anne BUGS me because she reminds me of the ‘goody goody’ gals I went to high school with. who was going to win at being ms perfect! star of the big musical, honor roll, valedictorian, athlete, cheerleader….bleh

        I’m not saying those are stupid aspirations at all (hey, I was the lead in the play) but it’s the back stabbing, kiss ass-ing, faking just to get the ‘recognition’ and then you could get the bragging rights for it.

        I’ve seen and heard Anne w/ her Oscar campaign and it smells like she’s been standing in front of the bathroom mirror practicing her acceptance speech,thinking of funny anecdotes and inspirational catch phrases

        “I dreamed the dream of winning an Oscar and God bless my fans and my lovely hubby for sticking by me while I was so, ‘leh miserable’ to live with!!!” crowd erupts in standing ovation and laughter!

      • RocketMerry says:

        Lol, erika, I think we all had at least one of those “friends” in highschool.
        Mine was blonde and blue-eyed, convinced me since we were such bffs I should help her in every single academic way possible. Basically got her through highschool, helped her get into college, helped her pass a few exams… then she thought she had found “better” (translate: more useful) friends and terminated every contact. That’s the problem with those fake goody people, sometimes they convince themselves they are the smart ones, manipulating others, and don’t reaize they’re only as good as the people they tricked into helping them. As I was saying a few days ago, I’m terribly ashamed of how happy I am that she’s failing without this “geek” helping her :)
        Anywoo, that’s the vibe I always got from Anne too.

        BTW, she totally has the speech penned down like that! Lol

    • rustytrawler says:

      I love this comment so much that I wish I knew how to do the haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      like the person above me did so long that it broke out of the comments column.

      She is super annoying and all this “my performance was meh” and “i’m not good like other actress” just proves my point.

      Les Mis was way over acted and she did a good job with that one song, but it was nothing spectacular and there were plenty of other moments when I was shuddering at her singing.

    • JustSaying12 says:

      Her guy needs to find the squat rack. I seen thicker legs on a rooster.

      As for her, she just need to chill. Her ass looked great in TDKR and Anne should let that due her talking.

  2. Brown says:

    That hat looks warm.

    • giddy says:

      …ummm…yea…always liked her taste in clothes…not in men… husband looks gay… really pings the ole gaydar… he’s an “actor and jewelry designer”…ding, ding, ding…

      • Peta says:

        You posted what I’ve been reticent to say myself…there’s something “off” about her and her guy. They suddenly got engaged right after TDKR (and all the rumors about her and co-stars), the open-ended engagement, then the wedding “timed” so perfectly for the movie and Oscar campaign. She’s so overly saccharine and gushy it makes my hair stand on end. I do hope its all for real and I’m truly wrong.

        Like others I used to really like her but the past year she’s become unrecognizable. Insufferable & gratingly fake. I want the old Anne back.

      • Apsutter says:

        I have to agree about her husband. The whole relationship came out of nowhere and they rushed that wedding, I’ve always wondered if they’re beardign for each other because she seems oddly asexual to me. Kind of Leann Rimes and Dean Sheremet, both girls are extremely needy and want support from their significant others 24/7 so maybe she married a close friend for that support?

  3. TheEntrepreneursWife says:

    Whether or not she is your taste, you cannot take away the girl’s work ethic. She puts many of her peers to shame.

    • JM says:

      The comment about her mom explains a lot. Her mom was a singer/actress and didn’t get much work. Anne’s working hard to make sure that doesn’t happen to her. That’s understandable.

  4. Amelia says:

    Eh, she’s harmless. A bit annoying sometimes, but she’s like one of those super serious people in school who go in for every extra curricular activity.
    I’d still rather Judi Dench take Best Supporting :p

  5. brin says:

    Well she is definitely working her Oscar campaign.

  6. carrie says:

    cute mittens!
    she’s hard-working

    i believed she didn’t wanted more to talk on lose weight and look frail for the movie

    i hope McConaughey,Colin farrell,Christian Bale or Michael Fassbender had many hugs because they looked unhealthy compared to her in LES MIS(i didn’t see the movie but one friend saw it and said “she looks beautiful (except her teeth) and she’s frail like a model”)

    • lower-case deb says:

      i’ll even hug Jordan Catalano (can’t remember his real name for now. he’s that singer from 30 mars).
      he even waxed his eyebrows (which sounds really painful; did he also waxed the rest of his body hair away because he said it lasts longer?), played the opposite gender, and posed for greasy uncle terry (although the latter two might not be such a hardship for him).

    • LAK says:

      she started her campaign whilst filming. putting out into the media the weight loss programme and haircut etc.

      If i were an oscar voter, i would give it to someone else. i am exhausted from this campaign.

      i really REALLY would rather Sally Fields won it if they are nominated in the same category.

  7. Em says:

    Ugh. Just ugh. I hate Oscar campaigning. It destroyed any like I had for Natalie Portman, and it’s doing the same for Annie now. I wish they’d just stop. Awards these days are all about who has the biggest press machine behind them and which studio is willing to shell out to make sure their stars get nominated and win.

    Annie’s flattery of MS, CB, and KW is very grating to me. Are they voting for her Oscar?

    • carrie says:

      she’s friend with Meryl:she sings for her at an official ceremony

      • Em says:

        I’m aware that she’s been friendly wit Meryl since te Devil Wears Prada. She could have said something to the effect of “There are so many actresses I admire, and while I am not as gifted as they are, I’m going to work harder,blah,blah, blah.” Instead, she name-checked 3 Oscar winners who all get to vote for the Academy Awards (if I’m not mistaken) and who aren’t going to be nominated themselves this year. It’s just obvious and tacky to me.

      • carrie says:

        she only checked some really talented actress and in more she knows one really(it’s all i wanted to say)

      • Em says:

        True that those are just a few and yes, she knows Meryl, but she didn’t mention Judi Dench, who is very likely to be nominated this year as well, or Sally Field. Both of those ladies have Oscars and are considered by most to be incredibly talented, but sucking up to them gets Annie nowhere, as they are both likely to be nominated right along with her. It’s shameless flattery, and I dislike it.

  8. Eve says:

    Oh Anne, please stop talking :/

    • Becky1 says:

      Yes! I thought she did a fantastic job in “Les Mis” but I find her personally very annoying. She needs to stop talking and let the work speak for itself. Her role in “Les Mis” was small but girl worked it hard. I cried. It’s a tearjerker of a movie and a plum Oscar-type role and she was great in it.

  9. truthful says:

    and she would be right…

  10. elceibeno08 says:

    I’d rather have Ann be a modest perfectionist, working her way up to the top tier actors than seeing her be an arrogant boasty girl. Keep up the good work Ann you are getting there. Don’t let it go to your head like so many others.

  11. lisa2 says:

    I don’t plan on watching the Oscars this year; for lots of reasons. But if Anne wins… I just can’t imagine what her speech will sound like. Funny how we are not hearing anything from Sally or or other possible supporting actress contenders. I’m sure Anne will be nominated, that is a given. But I recall the Oscar Round table for the actresses and there were what 2 or 3 on that panel that didn’t even get the nomination.

    Everyone that deserves to be nominated doesn’t always get it and sometimes the persons that should win don’t. It is all subjective.

    but I will say I’m not really vested in any of the wins so I’ll find out the winners the next day or online.

    • M says:

      She was good but not winner material, and quite frankly, she was the weakest link out of the whole cast. She wasnt in the film for long and without “I had a dream”, her role would be nearly non-existant. Anne is campainging as hard as she is because without it, she wouldnt have a shot. Amanda really deserves a nod but her character didnt have enough development in the film for her to be a contender.
      I really hope Jackman and Eddie Redmayne get nominations, they are the only two who I can say really deserve it and Redmayne was the best part of the movie for me. That man has an amazing voice, its hard to believe that this was his first time singing.

  12. Nanz says:

    I hate Oscar campaigns, but I really like Anne Hathaway. She seems like a hard-working, decent human being. And she’s talented.

    • Anname says:

      I agree. The campaigning turns a likeable person into an annoying person rather quickly.

    • Tapioca says:

      Hard-working? Yes (for an actress – it’s not exactly working in the salt mines!). And certainly moderately talented. But do you remember the bit where she was only too happy to enjoy the fruits of her ex’s blatant criminality and then sold him down the river the moment the Feds came a’knocking?

      Decent? No.

    • keats says:

      I’ve seen her try to act time and time again, I have yet to see this talent everyone keeps talking about.

  13. Kate says:

    She exceeded my expectations in Les Mis. That said, my expectations were low. I thought her performance was pretty uneven (her death scene was dreadfully overwrought). The actress who played Eponine was better. Nevertheless, give her the Oscar already to shut her up. Worse performances than hers have won in the past and will in the future.

  14. Ranunculus says:

    Don’t worry Anne you are not the only one to believe that!

  15. Miss M says:

    I think Anne really appreciates what she does, that’s why she takes her work seriously. I’ve always liked her, but she has annoyed me in the past couple of years (and I cannot put my finger on it. Maybe it was after she hosted the Oscars).

    I am a huge fan of Les Mis and yes, she is not Meryl Streep or Cate Blanchett. She doesn’t have a terrific voice, but she did conveyed all the emotion that Fantine felt. I really liked the movie. I see her getting a nomination, but I don’t think she should win. But Hugh, wow! he was superb! Dare I say, he may win. And I am a huge fan of DDL.

  16. Hautie says:

    Simply don’t care about any of this Oscar begging…

    But I am curious about those black boots she is wearing! Love those boots.

  17. chloe says:

    I agree with other posters the Oscar campaigning is ridiculous, a lot of deserving actors get lost in all the advertising, I can’t say anything about Anne’s performance in Les Mis I see it tomorrow. As for her Oscar hosting gig, I blame Franco’s lack of performance more than her for it’s failure. I guess there are three things I like in the pictures above her hat, gloves and her chocolate lab (I’m a choco owner), but I’m still grossed out by her wearing a borrowed dress with no undies:)

  18. Ms Kay says:

    Yeah well a tad funny though the name-checking, unlike the actresses she talked about who indeed act circles around almost anybody, Anne on the other hand thinks that she has to go to the extreme so she can be taken seriously… Oh dear…

    Seriously the Academy Awards better *consider* Anne because I fear for the lives of those sitting next to her if they give the statuette to someone else. The way she looks thin she might bite someone, anyone (starting by her husband I guess) and it’ll end up in a bloodbath.

  19. Joanna says:

    after seeing that picture, boy, am I glad to be in Florida. although it has been chilly lately. It was only 50 degrees out yesterday. : )

  20. Talie says:

    She’s annoying, but I can respect a hard-worker…I’m the same way.

  21. Christina says:

    So tell us something we DON’T know, Anne!

  22. Post-It's says:

    I saw Les Mis this weekend and was completely underwhelmed. The camera work was awful. It was just close-up after close-up. And while Anne was fine, I don’t think her performance is worth all this attention. Not at all.

    • crtb says:

      ITA – this article sounds like false modesty.

    • j.eyre says:

      Thank you, Post-It’s. I want to clock Tom Hopper. And they all pulled the punch on the big songs except Stars and On My Own.

      The acting was good. I cared more about Marius/Cosette then I ever did the stage productions.

      And Crowe may have gotten on the Hit List.

  23. Aubra says:

    “Anne Hathaway ‘doesn’t believe she’s as gifted’ as Streep, Blanchett or Winslet”

    …that makes two of us

  24. serena says:

    I’m kind of sick of her. Naming that oscar winning actresses is clearly a message, she wants this oscar so bad that she is willing to flash her hoo-ha.
    Well, she’s getting annoying. I generally like and support her but this is too much.

  25. bns says:

    I’ve never seen someone campaign so hard for a Best Supporting Oscar.

    • Luxe says:

      She’s following the Natalie Portman play book. Almost to a tee. The ridiculous comments, the false modesty, the magazines everywhere. She should really fall back.

      She’s pretty much the only reason I’m not going to see the movie. I can’t with her. Way too insufferable. I’ll wait til it shows up on Amazon.

      • Becky1 says:

        She’s really not in the movie for that long-I wouldn’t skip the whole thing because of her. I don’t like her either, but I thought “Les Mis” was great and that Anne actually did a really good job.

  26. Feebee says:

    She may be right but she still has talent and if Hilary Swank can get two (not saying undeserved, just sayin’) and Halle Berry and whatshername… Goop can get one then its not out of realm of possibility for Anne…. One day if not now, we’ll see.

  27. Olivia says:

    This interview depresses me, tbh. I’m sick of her campaigning, but more than that, I wonder if an Oscar would even make her happy. With the dieting and extra takes even though nobody “liked” it and wanting so badly to be more talented than she is, she sounds like me at my most insecure points in high school. I can’t hate her for that; I just feel bad.

  28. Victoria1 says:

    Tracey Flick that’s all I thought while reading this. She’s become insufferable and if she doesn’t win this is why Anne!

  29. HotPockets says:

    I have to disagree on her obsessive need to be a perfectionist being a good thing. I can’t stand that sort of personality trait on men or women because I think it comes more from being insecure and needing to feel validated, then opposed to being a hard worker or having a great work ethic. I feel like people such as Annie want to appear to look better than others because she is afraid of being shown up or having flaws, so she becomes neurotic about her work.

    I’ve just seen co-workers or when I was in school I had fellow peers who always wanted to be number one and they would go to drastic measures just so they could feel that way, even if it involved putting others down.

    Anne just screams I am insecure in this industry, so I must overcompensate in my approach to everything to feel validated.

    • Miss M says:

      I respectfully disagree with your opinion.

      I think she is secure enough to know she is not as good as other actresses she admires. So, she works harder to improve herself. I do believe she has an incredible work ethics.

      I have worked with people who thought very highly of themselves and the quality of their work was not as good as they thought, not even close…

      • HotPockets says:

        Based on how she treated the director, not to mention all the constant whispers of her not playing well with her fellow cast mates, both on the DKR and Les Mis, I think that speaks volumes about her character and “work ethic.”

        She is name dropping because she is at this point, begging for an Oscar and at the same time, begging for a compliment and approval. Confidence stands alone.

      • Miss M says:

        I confess I know nothing about how she treated her co-workers.

        Also, her Oscar-campaign is awful, but it doesn’t translate necessarily in lack of confidence. For me,it translates more like desperation. I don’t know why these actors are so desperate to have the Oscar, seriously.

  30. FirstTimer says:

    This campaigning to get a nomination, and win, has really tainted the Oscars even if it’s been happening for years. Maybe it’s even a few years younger than the ceremony itself. From the smear campaigns to HW’s knowledge of the old Oscar voters’ taste, it’s hard to ignore the fact that there’s a certain amount of desperation when you hear actors speak about their Oscar-worthy work. And because of that the Academy tend to deny deserving films and performances, then try to reward them later when they’ll have a chance, most probably on a less than stellar work.

    I love Anne, but I’m afraid if she won’t win, I’ll see another Kate with more Oscar-bait roles than usual, and hear the same campaign until she gets that statue. Or if she wins, she’ll try to act surprised but will deliver an obvious practiced speech.

    I also admire a hard-worker, and Anne’s had been one for years. She’s harmless. At least for me. LOL! And their dog is adorable!

  31. poppy says:

    she is a hard worker. she is trying so hard -maybe too much.
    i appreciate she didn’t name check goop.

  32. Boo says:

    I saw the movie the other day, and I really liked it. Except for Anne: every time I saw her, I though, “Oh, there’s Anne Hatahway working hard for her Oscar.” Her campaign has completely driven people (me?) away from being able to see her as Fantine. Now, the actress that played Eponine was fabulous! Hugh Jackman rocked it, too.

  33. Argirl says:

    I loved Les Mis and her performance. I would be happy if she won. Well done. I also think she is campaigning hard but I don’t blame her. It’s probably been her goal forever and she actually has a shot. I support my fellow females who work hard, do their best and reach for their dreams. I dreamed a dream…haha. Ok, enough with the pep talk. :)

  34. Jane says:

    Her New Year’s Resolution should be to STFU!

  35. bettyrose says:

    Why is her hair still so short? When did they wrap filming?

  36. Sandra says:

    I get a lot of comments from people saying I look like her and at first I thought, “oh cool!!” and now I’m all like “thanks… I get that a lot” I used to love her, but I’ve grown less attached lately.

  37. Jax says:

    Her campaigning is annoying. I pray she doesn’t even get nominated so that it makes other actors think about campaigning in the future. It would be one thing if she already had been nominated, but she hasn’t been. It reminds me of Reece Witherspoon’s character in Election. She tries to play in public that she’s so sweet but really isnt, and deep down she knows she deserves the election, not anyone else. That is Anne Hathaway to me these days. It’s ashame, I really used to like her.

    • Ms Kay says:

      Anne already has an Oscar nod (Best Actress in a Leading Role) on her CV, for Rachel Getting Married.

      Now this potential one she is taking it to another level of annoying campaigning wise.

  38. OhDear says:

    I like her a lot, but she’s coming across as trying too hard lately.

  39. Annie says:

    I hate false modesty. I hate how she’s all “Oh, my performance of I dream a dream was MEH. Oh, I’m not as gifted as this person and this person.” Then stop campaigning for an Oscar! You clearly want it. You clearly think you deserve it. You clearly want to remind people that you starved for it even when you worried producers and a director who never even asked you to go this far in the first place.

    I hate this LOOK AT ME DON’T LOOK AT ME syndrome these people have. You must be a huge a attention whore to want everyone to look at you on a giant screen, can we pretend this is not the case? They say one thing but their actions speak louder when they do the exact opposite.

    I just can’t stand people like that. Better not to say anything than claim one thing and do another thing. Hello, we can see it’s not true.

    • stellalovejoydiver says:

      Especially combined with fishing for compliments. “I am not nearly as talented as Meryl Streep….” she is just waiting for us to say “No of course you are, your perfomance in blahbla was def on the same level…”.

    • Amanda Huggenkiss says:

      Campaigning is a contractual project obligation.

    • emmie_a says:

      Agree. Her false modesty is a load of crap. Wasn’t there a post a while back about her knowing that she nailed her audition for this role? Because she knew she was that good (her opinion)?? Maybe the ‘I know I’m awesome’ route didn’t work so now she’s going this route. And in the end, should someone who even admits that their work was ‘Eh’ win an Oscar??

      Personally I think the actors who let their work speak for them are the ones who should win — Not the ones who speak for their work.

      • Tamy says:

        No that was Rooney Mara. Rooney Mara was the actress from the reboot of Girl with teh Dragon Tattoo. Rememeber her interviews? She was saying things like she hated her previous work and that she knew she would get these parts because it was so easy?

  40. Ginger says:

    LOVE her mittens! I cut her some slack because at least she is a professional. She shows up on time, does her research, puts in an effort to do her best, etc. Logan should take note! Is she does win the Oscar then good for her!

  41. kimcheee says:

    I think she’s pretty gifted. I love Kate Winslet and Meryl Streep too.

  42. BooBooLaRue says:

    Annoying as hell.

  43. Dina says:

    I think the world would be a better place if we never saw actors and actresses outside their films. It would give them a lot more mystery. I’m sick and tired of Anne Hathaway.

    • TG says:

      I so agree. Ithink that is one reason I think the acting on Downton Abbey is so good because I know nothing about the actors so their personalities don’t get in the way of their characters.

  44. Jayna says:

    I love her in movies and see most of them. She has a certain quality on screen that the camera loves. But Meryl and Cate are divine. They are on a whole other plane as far as acting and their essence on screen.

  45. Agnes says:

    She’s correct – she’s not as gifted as those women.

  46. Amanda Huggenkiss says:

    ” I mean… she’s a perfectionist. She’s neurotic. She IS a goody-two-shoes. But why is that a bad thing?”


    • Annie says:

      I guess it’s like how people always resent that one girl in school who has to be a straight A student AND does extra homework AND has to be great at sports AND a prefect AND into every last extra-curricular activity the school offers AND tries very hard to be the most popular girl in the year. Perhaps such people are sometimes considered “annoying” because they draw out the insecurities in others who secretly think they’re not good enough or who know they don’t work very hard so feel guilty. Or maybe it’s because they put in so much effort people find them fake and phoney.

      I appreciate why people find Hathaway annoying but when it comes down to it I have to admit she irks me far less than lazy entitled slobs like Lindsay Lohan and Jessica Simpson. I just worry that such transpaant campaigning will cost her an oscar nomination, which would be sad, since her performance truly was brilliant and heart-wrenching in all the right ways.

      • Amanda Huggenkiss says:

        Agreed. Often, in response to media reporting, criticisms are borne of the reporters’ and critic’s bias, not information. Therefore the criticism is much more revealing of the critic(s), particularly if they revel in the criticisms, rather than the original subject.

  47. lucy2 says:

    Love the mittens, don’t like this endless campaigning.
    I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be a hard worker and perfectionist, but when it drives you to the point of not being able to relax and enjoy anything you do, or to be willing to trust a director when he says to stop, that’s a problem.

  48. JPC says:

    She is transparent, tiresome and insufferable to me. Cannot stand.

  49. TeacherNan says:

    I don’t get the hate. I like her. She was surprisingly good in the last Batman, and was fantastic in Les Mis. Does our culture really hate over-achievers? Why is it wrong to try to be your best? Look at the losers our culture embraces: Courtney Stodden, Kim Kardashian, Real Housewives, Jessica Simpson, ad nauseum. The world needs more people who attempt to attain to be their best instead of an entitled creep. (Agree with the previous poster who said as much.)

  50. Zombie Shortcake says:

    Didn’t Goopy bawl during her Oscar speech that she wasn’t as good as Meryl Streep and the latter should have gotten it? Ease up Annie. You are starting to sound like Goopy. Next thing you know she’ll be shilling colon cleanses.

    • Annie says:

      The Goopy hate is another band wagon I can’t really get on. Sure she was born into wealth so people like to take her down a peg since people just like to whinge about how hard life is. That is inevitable. But what else so very terrible has she done? She’s not out homewrecking or backstabbing or being a slut or breaking the law or doing hit and runs. She seems like a good mom even if she has a lot of help and stuff. She’s not hugely talented at anything but she does her best and is trying to make the most of what she’s got. She likes to stay fit and cook? Good for her – if you don’t like her books or website, don’t read em. She also seems to be a suprisingly good sport judging by that chubby bunny thing.

    • Jayna says:

      How about easing up on Goopy and her crying? That was a dark period for her. Her beloved grandfather had cancer and was fading and her beloved father had throat cancer. They had just told the grandfather his son had cancer also. She was only 26, winning the Oscar, yet facing losing such important people in her life.

  51. Amy C says:

    I have nothing against her… but people with “MOUTH” problems can’t just able to get it right.

  52. Chelsea's handler says:

    What’s with the media’s obsession with Oscars? They prove nothing. You only have to look at the past winners of the Best Picture v Best Foreign Language Film to see what a bunch of BS they are. If the Oscars had any credibility at all 95% of the Best Foreign Language Films would’ve won the Best Picture award too. It’s extremely arrogant and racist for the members of the academy to assume that English speaking movies are automatically better than non-English speaking movies.

    • Wesley says:

      Oscars lately have sucked. Look at recent winners like The Hurt Lockter, Slumdog Millionare. They sucked and the acting was poor. I really loved the the time when the Lord of the Rings came out. Thats the only time I felt it went to a movie that truely desereved the oscars.
      I am sick of actors and actresses doing campaign non-stop. It almost makes it seem like people can actaully buy an oscar.

  53. F5 says:

    She was atrocious in “Dark Knight” fosho

  54. mimi says:

    I’m not a fan of hers, though I appreciate how she (used to be) more classy and with her head straight. and yes, she’s got talent.

    I do find it troubling that when a woman is a perfectionist and ambitious, people call her “neurotic”.

    I have no idea if she is neurotic. When men are perfectionist, eager and ambitious, we applaud them and sing their praises.

    When it comes to women, they must also be depicted as having some sort of a flaw.
    If you are a woman and ambitious/ perfectionist, then you must also pay a price by society to call out some sort of a personality trait.

    As if a “normal” down to earth woman, cannot really be ambitious and a perfectionist.

    Men can be all of the above, without the negative insinuation.

    She did a decent job at the Oscars. It was her “partner” who sucked big time and then was the opposite of classy by blaming her for his lousy performance.

    To be honest, the Oscars should be hosted by the best comedians.

    • stinky says:

      i cant lie, i dont like her anyway – but it was genuinely her & her alone who made me cringe at the Oscars. She would have tried to steal the show from him whether he played along or not (imo)

    • Annie says:

      @mimi – Agreed to some extent. However I find that Benedict Cumberbatch often comes off similar to Anne Hathaway in the neurotic perfectionist department and personally I find that equally offputting.

  55. bebe kerr says:

    Wow! Sounds like she has amazing work ethic, is a perfectionist, etc etc. What a shame that she wastes such hard work and drive in acting instead of doing something meaningful with her life?

    • Kimbob says:

      VERY good point, indeed! I mean, come ON….if she wants to drone on & on about her perfectionism, I’d prefer to hear about such a trait being put into a meaningful purpose…or….better YET, hear about some charity cause dear to her heart.

      Sorry, but she’s not as goody-two-shoes as she presents. If she was, she’d also include causes that are near & dear to her….causes in which she helps others…& I’m not seeing that.

      Her perfectionism only extends to herself & her “props” in life (new hubby, her mother…etc.). What I see is an extremely self-absorbed woman who wants to be perceived as sacrificial because she “gives” so much to her “craft.” Not cutting it w/me.

      One other thing….this “Les Miserables” is kind of like a tried & true formula vehicle….a one-way ticket straight to Oscardom. How many times has “Les Miserables” been done? ALOT! No one is risk-taking IMO, by going w/an old tried & true vehicle. I like to see Oscars won on new, creative, cutting-edge material….something FRESH.

      From the time this movie was selected to be “redone,” it had “Oscar ticket” stamped all over it. I have no respect for such. Les Miserables is old hat. I sure hope another actress wins for something more original.

  56. Nina says:

    She’s not.

  57. Hoya_chick says:

    Don’t worry Anne, neither do we. Also, what does her husband do? I’ve seen him pegged as an actor (what has he been in?) and a jewelry designer (sounds made up). He seems to follow her around and not really do anything. The dog is cute and I love her name!

  58. Snowpea says:

    Look Ive only ever seen Anne in that Prada flick and frankly, she was just incredibly annoying. I am not even sure why. She is similar to Miranda Kerr in that they both look smug.

    People have an air about them that either repels or attracts people without them even knowing why.

    Look at universally loved people: JFK, Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela, Hugh Jackman.

    They somehow combine a number of qualities incl. charisma, good looks, intelligence and lastly, HUMILITY.

    People can forgive alot of qualities but, in my experience, a lack of humility really grates and Anne Hathaway seems to sport a false modesty that makes her insufferable.

    Just my two cents! HNY! Im off to the beach!

  59. nikko says:

    I don’t think she will ever be a Streep or Blanchett, they started w/ greatness. If she doesn’t have it now, she never will. She could reach Winslet. I never thought of her in the same category as Streep & Blachett.

  60. aang says:

    I haven’t seen the movie, or the musical but the book is 1200 pages long and Fantine doesn’t show up until after page 100 and is dead before page 300. How the hell do you win an oscar for that?

  61. KC says:

    “She’s a perfectionist, she’s really neurotic about doing a good job and not letting anyone down, and good for her. When men have those qualities, we consider them geniuses.”

    Neurotic + male does NOT equal genius. Neurotic in any gender is annoying.

  62. B says:

    For some reason I’m just really tired of people going on and on and on about how ‘neurotic’ they are.

  63. A says:

    I’m meh on Anne Hathaway. I think she’s talented and beautiful in an off beat way, but her false modesty and golden retriever personality irritates me. False modesty “I’m so terrible” “I’m fat” or “I’m not as good/beautiful/whatever” and then specifically naming another person, like Kate Winslet just grates on me… blah blah’s clearly fishing for compliments. As people stated before, it would have come across way better and less like fishing for compliments if she didn’t namecheck others. Anne will win BSA over Sally Field, which I think is a shame even though Anne was great…

  64. Mew says:

    Well done Anne for realizing it, you really are NOT anywhere as gifted or good as Streep or Blanchett.

  65. ??? says:

    I don’t get the hype over Hathaway. I can appreciate that she works hard but her acting lacks subtlety and finesse. There are plenty of great film actors who instill a theatricality in their performances that still works really well on-screen. But Anne’s style just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve seen plenty of her films and have never come away thinking, “Boy, what talent. Now that’s a gem of an actress.”

    I wax hot and cold on Winslet, but no, Hathaway will never join the ranks of Blanchett or Streep. Better she realizes that sooner than later.

    I didn’t take to her performance in Les Mis at all. And I went in pretty open-mindedly. Regardless of the dramatic quality of the role, there’s an underlying stoicism to Fantine’s character that I didn’t feel Anne captured, especially not during her big IDAD number — a quality that I can only describe as being embodied by a woman who has lived through utter hell and has experienced such tremendous anguish that she is struggling internally to keep herself intact and maintain whatever bit of dignity she has although she is falling to pieces.

    But Hathaway is liked in Hollywood and will probably get the Oscar nod. I’m scared she’ll spontaneously combust if she doesn’t.

  66. tmbg says:

    I’m meh on Anne too. I don’t dislike her and thought she was good in The Devil Wears Prada, but she’s not my favorite actress at all.

    I have taken a little flack for this, but I don’t care – her warbling of I Dreamed A Dream wasn’t that great. No, she is not a singer, but maybe they should have found someone who can sing and act. They’re out there.

    Ah, if only Patti LuPone were about 35 years younger. She would have been wonderful. Heck, she even looks like she could be Anne’s relative with the strong features. Patti’s I Dreamed A Dream spends shivers up the spine. To each their own, of course.

    • ??? says:

      Yes! Patti Lupone’s performance in Les Mis — in addition to the various renderings of Fantine played by the many great theater actresses who have taken on the role — without a doubt puts AH’s blubbering interpretation to shame. The people who praise her acting and singing really, really ought to check out previous, standard-setting performances of Fantine.

      Actors must of course first and foremost convey emotion authentically, otherwise it isn’t believable to their audience nor does it have the desired impact.

      But that being said, I marvel so much more at performances given by actors who can bring out all the deepest, most complex, and most often, subtle shades of their characters WITHOUT resorting to the typical, go-to demonstrations of emotions — i.e., blubbering. Many younger American Hollywood actors come from the school of “I must overdo everything in order for it to be understood by my audience.”

      I don’t think Anne’s performance was god-awful or anything. It just has that quality that will appeal to general audiences, which is why she’s been nominated for a GG. But for those, like me, who are a bit more *particular* in what we look for in acting — and singing — performances, she falls/fell short. She’s probably one of the better actresses in her age category in Hollywood (but is that really saying a whole lot nowadays?!). I just don’t think she did true justice to the role of Fantine, which is such a challenging and multidimensional character to play, and one of my musical theater favorites, so … yeah … I’m critical!

  67. jilly says:

    I saw Les Mis on Xmas Day. Anne was just too much as she always is. Hugh had to carry too big a load. Russel can’t sing if you pay him. The movie dragged on and on. They should have included more speaking parts to hurry things along.

    The best bits were: Helena Bonham-Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen as a con artist couple, Eddie Redmayne (who was both gorgeous and sang sweetly), and the girl playing Eponime who was in love with him (a new actress to me with a waist so tiny it should be illegal). Just about everyone else either sucked or were so ordinary sounding that it didn’t matter. But mainly I hope that the vadge-flasher out-doer does not get rewarded for her need to outshine everyone. She is not a team player this Annie. Can’t stand her over-TRY.

  68. junegorilla says:

    Smartest thing I’ve ever heard her say. Come to think of it the ONLY smart thing I’ve ever heard her say.

  69. CocoBelly says:

    She’s right, she isn’t. Now please Anne sit down and STFU.

  70. sally says:

    she is wearing wolf vs. sheep mittens by hooray hoopla!

  71. xoxokaligrl says:

    Thats all good. Because she is not a great actress or even good looking..

    Now can she shut up about her weight loss for Le Mis?

  72. Chickenlishus says:

    The girl wants the Oscar, and she is really going after it. If anything, I can appreciate her for keeping her eye on the prize. It is nice when someone cares so much about an accomplishment and she is not harming anyone.

  73. Apsutter says:

    The really sad thing is that she’s going to keep going for Oscar bait roles so sooner or later we’ll have to listen to her for months and months whenever she gets nominated for best leading actress. Try hard perfectionists are are the most annoyingly single minded type of people on the planet and are just exhausting to be around or listen to.

  74. Abby says:

    Maybe I’ve been clueless in the past, but I feel like more and more every year there is this big CAMPAIGN for the Oscars. I noticed it a lot with Natalie Portman and with Jennifer Lawrence… heck with George Clooney. It’s kind of exhausting and it makes me not like the awards because it’s not just about the best performance any more. Maybe it was always this way and I just didn’t pay attention.

    Honestly though, has anyone campaigned this hard for a supporting actress award before? I don’t remember.

  75. brizo says:

    I have never heard such a snotty bunch of mean spirited sniping.

    And I’ve never heard Anne doesn’t play well with others. She’s pretty well liked in Hollywood, and she wouldn’t be if she was that ruthless.

    • Peeky says:

      Have to agree she’s well-liked and professional, which would explain why she keeps getting good roles over many others, some more talented. She’s worked with a lot of diva-types in Hwood (Tucci, Depp, Bale, Bonham-Carter, Crowe) who’ve all had nothing but nice things to say about working with her.

      Respect for work ethic and on-set affability count as much with Oscar voters as talent or performance.

  76. Wesley says:

    I hate this Oscar Campaigning! I used to like Natalie Portman but her Oscar Campiging was so obvious! I didn’t really like her acting in Black Swan. Why did she get an Oscar for that? She seriously acted as if she truely deservedn an awardm for that awful movie, which she didn’t.
    I have not seen Annes movie Les Miserables but I heard she is actaully good. Shame that she is campiagining non-stop like Portman. Oscars aren’t until Febuuary, is it really necessary to do all this non-stop promotion?
    Same goes with Clooney and Pitt. LOL both of them last year! Glad that french guy took the award.

    • Velouria says:

      Right? I’ve only seen parts of Black Swan on HBO (or whatever it’s on) and it seems like a B, horror flick at best. NP did NOT deserve an oscar for that mess. She should be embarrassed for even getting one for that disaster!

      • Wesley says:

        Yes I agree. I liked Natalie when she during the Star Wars movie years, she seemed a bit nicer but I dunno after her Black Swan promotion she started getting really annoying and a bit too egosticial. That guy she married- Centipied?- I seriosuly laughed when I saw him in a Yves Saint Laurent ad. He is dang ugly! He is a nobody too, how did he get a contract with YSL? Must be through Natalie. She could have done much better then him!
        Anne is going down the same path as her.
        Her non-stop promotion is annoying.