Anne Hathaway: ‘I need my husband. His unique & specific love has changed me’

67th International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'The Lost City of Z' - Premiere

This is going to sound odd/cheesy, but as a half-Indian woman, I really admire when pale white women commit to their paleness. I enjoy seeing Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, even Angelina Jolie and Nicole Kidman really commit to being pale. No fake tans, no orange makeup, no tanning booths. It feels like they acknowledge at some point, “I am pale and I’m going to own that sh-t and douse myself in sunblock every day.” I was reminded of that as I looked through Elle Magazine’s editorial with Hathaway, who is their April cover girl. The images are very stark and spare, but it works. Anne’s skin looks amazing. The cover shot in particular is fantastic! Anyway, Anne is promoting her strange-looking monster movie Colossal, and you can see Elle’s cover package here. Some highlights:

On her husband, Adam Shulman: “He changed my ability to be in the world comfortably. I think the accepted narrative now is that we, as women, don’t need anybody. But I need my husband. His unique and specific love has changed me.”

On the importance of focusing on paid parental leave in the U.S.: “I can’t believe we don’t already have it…When [my son] Johnny was a week old and I was holding him and I was in the ninth level of ecstasy, I just all of a sudden thought, ‘Mommy guilt is invented nonsense.’ We’re encouraged to judge each other, but we should be turning our focus to the people and institutions who should be supporting us and currently aren’t.”

On starring in Ocean’s Eight and working with a female-led cast: “Hollywood is not a place of equality. I don’t say that with anger or judgment; it’s a statistical fact. And even though I’ve been in some female-centric films, I’ve never been in a film like this. It just kind of makes you aware of the ways you sort of unconsciously change yourself to fit certain scenarios. It’s not better or worse…or right or wrong, but there are certain things you understand about one another because of experiences you have in common…it’s probably easy for men to take that for granted. Just being on a set where I’m the one who possesses that ease is really something. It’s a nice alternative narrative.”

[From Elle]

Anne is talking about parental leave because she’s the new UN Ambassador for the issue of paid parental leave – go here to read more about that. I’m as liberal as they come, so I believe that there should be three months of paid maternal leave, no questions asked, and I’m willing to listen to a lot of proposals about paternal leave, leave for LGBT parents and more. Of course, I also think college should be free (because it’s an investment in the future workforce) and that we need to teach boys and girls about rape culture starting in elementary school. I don’t have kids so… that’s all I have to say about that. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As for what she says about equality in Hollywood… I wish she would get angry. I wish more actresses, female directors and female producers would get angry and really start calling out sexist bulls–t every time they see it. Like, I think Jennifer Lawrence is angry about it, to the point where she’s being told to tone it down lest she alienate people. F–k that. GET ANGRY. Oh, and what she says about her husband? Hm…

67th International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'The Lost City of Z' - Premiere

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  1. Tough Cookie says:

    “His unique and specific love has changed me.”

    That’s nice. I confess I rolled my eyes, but I still think it’s nice. Ok, I even snorted a little bit, but….still, it’s nice.

  2. Boodiba says:

    “Unique and specific”? He seems gay…

  3. INeedANap says:

    I’m with you — we need to Get Angry and Stay Angry. Being wishy-washy and deferent and genuflecting is just giving naysayers permission to think the discussion is over. I’ve had bros ask me why I am so angry (usually for something innocuous because male fragility is a real thing) and I always reply, “The better question is, why aren’t you?”

  4. amp122076 says:

    No one with a week old baby is in the “ninth level of ecstasy”

  5. Beth says:

    I’m so pale as a ghost that I don’t tan, I burn. I’ve always worn sunscreen. After having skin cancer, I cover up a little more. It’s odd when people tell me I should lay in the sun and get a little color. I’m fine being a ghost and not bright red from burns or orange from spray tans.

  6. detritus says:

    It is super hard as a pasty gal to get that even skin tone, but she looks great here, i’d die for that evenness.

    many a year ago I fought being pasty hard. tried tanning booths (even the lowest setting burned or pinkened me), tried spray tan (sooo orange), tried natural tanning (canada is cold this sucked). Nothing. Finally gave in and embraced the paste, you can’t fight mother nature and she wants me to be pale pink and speckled.

  7. Nina says:

    I just watched her movie The Intern and definitely recommend for some mindless distraction and lifestyle porn. It’s pretty cute.

  8. QueenB says:

    Sounds like a divorce announcement coming.

    Also it is GOOD that the “accepted narrative ” is that women dont need men.

  9. TheOtherSam says:

    She looks gorgeous here. Get it Annie. But oh how she talks about her husband, ‘unique and specific love’ – ? I guess it’s complimentary.

    ‘He changed my ability to be in the world comfortably’. Well yeah, he travels everywhere with you from day one and you’re barely apart, it’s clear he functions as a kind of assist whereby she has no full time PA herself. I’m sure he helps keep her comfortable. A strange way to describe your husband and father of your child though.

  10. Tough Cookie says:

    I’m going to thank my husband tonight for his unique and specific love. I’ll let you all know how that goes.

  11. AmunetMa'at says:

    I love my hubby & I get what she is saying. When someone balances you so well and you can just be yourself 100%. That’s a unique or special type of love. Maybe I’m a cornball like her, but I get it. And being 31 weeks pregnant, I understand her frustration with maternity leave.

  12. Lia says:

    I’m having trouble with the “get angry about inequality in Hollywood” thing. There are a lot of things to “get angry” about in our world today, but the pay scale in Hollywood isn’t one of them. I think she understands the ridiculousness of that. So DeNiro makes $5 million a picture and his female co-star makes $3 million. It’s not equal but damn, it’s a paycheck beyond the wildest dreams of this nurse and most other people around the world. I can see advocating for equal pay but to get angry? To raise your blood pressure because you “only” made 3 million is ridiculous and profoundly out of touch with what’s going on in the world outside of the Hollywood bubble.