Anne Hathaway on her children: ‘They bring an innate purpose to everything’

Apple TVs limited series, WeCrashed premieres tomorrow. It’s about Rebekah and Adam Neumann who founded WeWork. Anne Hathaway plays Rebekah opposite Jared Leto’s Adam and she’s out doing the press rounds for it. She’s been killing it sartorially, too. The rainbow three-piece suit above is from Christopher John Rogers 2022 Resort collection. It’s so fun. Anne wore that to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She wore an equally colorful skirt set to speak with Hoda Kotb on TODAY. They were so excited to have an in-person interview together, it was sweet. During their discussion, Hoda and Anne talked about the series, of course, but they also talked about the pandemic and being a mom and how each has shaped her life.

On the pandemic and confidence
It’s so significant to be back with people. In moments like this I used to let my nerves get the best of me. During the pandemic [I learned] you can’t give your life away anymore. You’ve got to get through that. You’ve got to be OK with whoever you are during that moment. You don’t want to miss anymore. [Confidence] is something you have to learn. You have to figure out how to be at peace with yourself.

On being a mom and how that affected her professional life
Logistics – how are we doing, what are we doing, who needs what and do we have a sandwich? There’s so much joy. I feel like they bring an innate purpose to everything. I could go on about it, but it also leaves me a little speechless. We’re really lucky, it’s something I’ve always wanted and I’m so lucky that it happened to me.

On working with Jared Leto and if he ever broke character
Not once [did he break character]. I’ve never seen anything like it. I was fascinated by his process. We had to build a connection. If that’s what worked with him then it worked for me. Whenever we had to discuss [a scene] I wouldn’t call him Jared I would [call him by his character’s pet name]. I was really inspired working with him.

[From TODAY]

I understand what Anne is saying about not letting nerves getting the better of us. Unfortunately, since the pandemic, it’s the opposite for me. I’m more unsure of myself around people than ever. I very much feel Anne’s comments about not wanting to “miss anymore.” I do feel like so much passed by and I need take in everything that’s safe to do so. As for the kid stuff, I’ll be completely honest, I didn’t totally understand what Anne was saying with “kids bring an innate purpose to everything.” Hoda does, if you watch it, so I recognize this is on me. And it’s clear Anne is speaking to her experience. I did understand the logistics comment, however, and yes, I wholly agree. I kind of thrive on logistics, though. That saved me, especially when mine were babies and nothing else made sense (which I guess explains why I don’t understand their innate purpose to everything).

Like many of you, I am not a big Jared Leto fan. And it sounds like he was ultra-Jaredy on the WeCrashed set – staying in character the entire time. But from the clips he looks like he’ll be amazing in it. Both he and Anne do. My husband is fascinated with the WeWork story, so he wants to see this, and I’ve been drawn in by the trailers. I’ve been let down with the biopocs I’ve watched lately so I hope this one holds up to my expectations.

This dress is from SXSW. Not loving Anne’s hair but the dress is lovely:
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  1. Lucía says:

    It’s a good thing Anne already has some previous experience working with pretentious tools (see: James Franco). Anyways, I hope she overshadows Leto big time.

  2. Jan90067 says:

    Love Anne… LOVE the multicolored outfit a LOT. The silver… maybe if she didn’t look like she had bullet boobs, and the skirt was lined so we didn’t see the outline of her bikini undies. For what that outfit costs, it shouldn’t look so cheap,

    • NotSoSocialB says:

      I think the rainbow dot outfit is super cute and lively and joyful. Great for someone younger than myself.

  3. Loco Moco says:

    I understood her comment and I agree she was speaking to her own personal experience. My son (he is 25) still brings an innate purpose to everything in my life. I am not saying kids in general and it may not be the feeling of every parent. For those who don’t want to be or can’t be parents, I am certainly not diminishing their journey, but for me, he does.

    • Kay says:

      Absolutely, I think it has to be taken in context with the rest of the quote. Much like Anne, I’ve always known I wanted kids, so when my son was born, it did bring an innate purpose to my life because I was now on a path that I wanted and I also felt very lucky (it took us awhile to conceive and I miscarried my first pregnancy, so I wasn’t sure it would be in the cards). I imagine that the same is very true for childfree folks who find their innate purpose in one of the million other ways a human can!

  4. anniefannie says:

    I had my daughter late in life ( 44) so I’ve experienced a dose from both sides. I would have been on board with her comment had she suggested ( like the above posters ) that those without kids can certainly find their purpose in other ways. It gets tiresome hearing parents infer that childless couples lead empty lives

  5. Megs283 says:

    I’ve been slowly watching the WeWork documentary on Hulu. Somehow I had no idea any of this was going on!!