Anne Hathaway quits Catholicism for her gay brother


Here is Anne Hathaway on the cover of In Style’s March issue. Pretty, isn’t it? That shade of amethyst is lovely on her, unlike the weird blue feathered crap that Rachel Zoe put her in for the Valentine’s Day premiere. I like Anne so much better when she keeps her makeup simple and her hair loose. I swear, whoever does her hair and makeup for most of the red carpets makes Anne look about 40 years old. Anyway, good cover, and a pretty good interview too… Anne is self-effacing about her “weird features.”

Anne Hathaway looks as unequivocally gorgeous and radiant as ever on the March cover of InStyle—though she’s probably the only person out there who doesn’t see it: “I think I’ve got really weird features. I have very large features on a very small head,” she tells the magazine.

“But, you know, I’m not going to beat myself up. It’s my face. I’m not very pretty. But that’s OK because I do know that I look like myself, and I think at the end of the day, as nice as pretty is, authenticity is more important.”

The self-effacing actress continues: “If I don’t work out at all, I have too much curve and no tone—which is not OK. It’s about finding balance.”

Hathaway strives for equilibrium in the way she dresses too, with her tomboy-by-day, glamazon-by-night approach: “In the evening it would never occur to me to go out in motorcycle boots like this,” she says, referring to the black Burberry pair she wore to her interview. “I love going out in high heels and dressing up and glamming it up, and having there be a distinction between what happened throughout the day and the evening.”

As to where she finds style inspiration, the 27 year-old, who calls out Marc Jacobs as one of her “all-time favorite designers,” has a long list of Hollywood peers who demonstrate “innovation and originality,” including Tilda Swinton, Gwen Stefani, Lady Gaga, Selma Blair, and Natalie Portman, and says: “I like people who are true to themselves.”

[From People Magazine]

I do think Anne has unusual features, but it works for her and that’s what makes her beautiful rather than “average” or “pretty, I guess”. Sure, her styling is hit-or-miss, but when it’s a hit, she’s an absolutely stunning woman.

Meanwhile, a new interview excerpt just came out from Anne’s GQ UK cover profile - this is the one where it seemed the whole piece about comparing Anne to Angelina Jolie. Anyway, Anne tells the magazine that she left the Catholic Church because her brother is gay:

Anne Hathaway’s family left the Catholic Church because of its intolerance of homosexuality. Anne grew up wanting to become a nun but shunned Catholicism when she learned her older brother, Michael, was gay.

“The whole family converted to Episcopalianism after my elder brother came out,” she told British GQ. “Why should I support an organization that has a limited view of my beloved brother?”

But Episcopalianism didn’t really take either.

“So I’m … nothing,” she said. “F-ck it, I’m forming. I’m a work in progress.”

[From Huffington Post]

I don’t really have anything to say about what religions are cool with gay people and all of that stuff. But I will say this – I think it’s great that Anne (and her whole family, it seems) chose to put love ahead of Church dogma. I really do.

One last note about Hathaway’s GQ cover… HuffPo claims that someone got a little over-zealous with the Photoshop and edited out Anne’s armpit. To me, it just looks like they made the skin look nice, but it’s not too much. Meh. Tempest in a teapot.


InStyle cover courtesy of People Magazine. GQ UK cover courtesy of previous Celebitchy post.

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  1. Sumodo1 says:

    She’s a doll.

  2. NicoleB says:

    I totally agree with her…she isn’t that cute but that’s ok…atleast she is distinctive and looks like herself and isn’t trying to blend in with the see of blonde twats in Hollyweird…and she’s super talented!

  3. SageAdvice says:

    What a pretty cover. Purple is my fave color so naturally this cover is making me happy. :)

  4. Kaye says:

    lol about the missing armpit. I knew there was something weird about that pic but couldn’t put my finger on it. I think Anne is beautiful but she’s right that she has unusually large facial features (except for her nose). I wonder if she really doesn’t know that she’s pretty or if it’s false modesty.

  5. AC says:

    most episcopalians are very accepting of gays she just has to find the right church i suppose.

    I like her a lot for that!

  6. Dorothy says:

    I actually think she is very pretty! way prettier than some other starlets.

    Good for her and her family! Most people use religion as a reason to try and change those they love. Kudos to them for loving their family over loving religion.

  7. Essie says:

    Anne should get rid of Zoe as her stylist. She needs someone who will dress her for her age and make her look like the beautiful YOUNG woman she is. I really don’t understand why any woman would want to be styled by Zoe. She’s awful!!

    Anne does look pretty on the cover of In Style and ridiculous on the cover of GQ. She’s such a lovely woman and trying to look “sexy” is just not her.

    And bravo to her and her family for leaving the Catholic church. Blood is thicker than dogma!!

  8. Kim says:

    Cool I have a neighbor who left The Mormon church after her son came out

  9. bite me says:

    she looks like a squirrel

  10. Cheyenne says:

    To AC: The Episcopal Church is in the process of splitting up because of this issue.

    Whole parishes are leaving the Church because of their stance of homosexuality and because the Church in the U.S. elected an openly gay archbishop and have joined up with the Anglican Church based in Africa and South America which is much more conservative.

    It has split individual church congregations right down the middle when a parish has to decide whether to stay with the Episcopal Church in America or break away and join the Anglcan Church. Whatever happens, the dissenters walk out and look for another parish more compatible with their ideology.

    It is a tragedy and I hate to see it because I grew up in the Episcopal Church. Personally, I don’t see Jesus Christ rejecting anyone for his/her sexual preferences, as long as it involves two consenting adults.

  11. Cuntastic says:

    She is hot. The Catholic Church can go eat a dick.

  12. lucy2 says:

    I think she’s pretty in a unique way, but she does have very large features. I always think that kind of talk is false modesty/fishing for compliments though. Hard to tell just from an article excerpt.

    Glad their family stuck together and found what’s best for them. Too often stuff like that can cause big rifts.

  13. boo says:

    Love her!

  14. Simplicity says:

    Congratulations to Anne. We took a similar path and left the church without regret.

    Family first, dogma if needed. I’ve enjoyed the Unitarian Universalist Church, which upholds personal beliefs above the collective.

    (Anne does need an armpit in that photo, it looks odd)

  15. Shantanu says:

    congratulation to anne, those conservative bastards need to widen their horizon

  16. princess pea says:

    @ bite me – more specifially, the little girly squirrel in The Sword in the Stone (Disney). I think so too. It’s a cute squirrel, though, so it’s all good.

  17. Devries says:

    I’m going to make the CRAAAAZY assumption that she wasn’t exactly going to mass every Sunday, so big deal.

  18. Ron says:

    So, I was an alterboy back in the day and when I came out my mom left the church too, so good for them! I do find it amusing the Catholic take on gays, because the Catholic Church is so fabulous. I mean fabulous hats, gorgeous caftans, and the pope wears red heeled Prada shoes! Gay Gay GAY!! Hipocrits.

  19. rrrca says:

    isn’t that the same purple dress that Sandra Bullock wore?…that everyone berated, but now it’s pretty on Anne? just sayin’

  20. Icecat says:

    I think I just fell in love with her!

  21. clare says:

    She’s gorgeous in the top photo, but the GQ one is too photoshopped. Less is more, but I want to see her damn armpit!

  22. Leticia says:

    pretty complexion.

  23. Alecto says:

    hmmmm…the church is such a hypocrite. think about it…for hundreds of years they covered up child molesting priests…also think of all the corrupt popes for the past couple of thousands of years there’s been.

  24. Seer says:

    @ Chayenne who wrote: “I don’t see Jesus Christ rejecting anyone for his/her sexual preferences, as long as it involves two consenting adults.”

    I like the way you think.

  25. juiceinla says:

    I love her, but WHHHHYYY is Rachel Zoe her stylist?????


  26. Snarf says:

    Organized religion hinder’s far more than it helps IMHO.

  27. Leek says:

    She is one of those women who pictures just don’t do justice. I never really thought about her looks one way or the other and when I saw her in Rachel Getting Married, the most awkwardly pc movie ever, I couldn’t get over how stunning her face was. She is beautiful.

  28. CB Rawks says:

    Well said, Snarf.

    Anne just captured my heart.

  29. yissel says:

    I think she looks gorgeous in that shade of purple. I also admire Anne for sticking up for her brother!

  30. RobN says:

    How nice that her family cared about the issue after it directly affected them. Apparently no issue with it beforehand? Sorry, no kudos from me for only caring once it’s personal.

  31. lucy2 says:

    “the most awkwardly PC movie ever”
    Thank you! I’ve never been able to find the words for how I felt about that movie, other than to say I hated the movie but loved Anne’s performance. All of the characters and the whole wedding thing were so obnoxious and AWKWARD! Thank you.
    LOL @Ron – Fabulous!

  32. Kate says:

    I had the same thought as RobN.. oh well, I do love Anne and think she’s uniquely beautiful.

  33. Ron says:

    RobN et al, when something directly effects you, you tend to examine it more than when it’s just another nebulous issue. Much like if the city is putting in an airport you may think wow things will be so much faster etc. When they want to put it in next to your house, it’s a whole other issue. Being gay, Prop 8 was that way here in CA, I had never much thought about getting married, or cared about the churches stance. I don’t need anyone to acknowledge the legitimacy of my relationship other than myself. But when you have your neighbors with signs in their lawns telling you that you can’t it makes you reconsider.

  34. Emily says:

    While I think it’s nice that they’re supporting their family member, I agree with previous posters that they didn’t seem to have issues before he came out. Still, it’s a nice change to see people put love for someone close to them over religion-my housemate just got disowned because her parents have chosen their religion over her. I’m not very happy with organised religion atm.

  35. GatsbyGal says:

    She only starts to look strange when her hair gets pulled back really high up on her head, and whoever does her makeup globs it on her eyes so they look even bigger than they usually do. Because her features are slightly too big for her head, but she looks gorgeous with her hair down.

    As for leaving the Catholic church, I say awesome, way to go. That’s really cool to hear, actually. Sounds like a family with a bunch of good heads on their shoulders.

  36. loca says:

    I used to love her but the more I read her interviews/things she says, the more she annoys me. She is so full of herself yet tries to come off like she doesn’t think she’s pretty or talented etc. Pass.

  37. Trillion says:

    Ron- love your take on it honey. A while back I watched a televised high mass sans volume. What a hilarious way to watch this spectacle. It was like a Vegas Magic Act designed by Liberace.

  38. broadview says:

    Good that she left Catholicism. The Church will continue without her.
    Selectivity of religious tenets does not constitute a deep, strong and stable belief.

  39. Trillion says:

    It constitutes an ability to think for herself with a deep, strong and stable belief in using her brain instead of relying on someone else’s.

  40. oh hey says:

    Most of the time, it’s human nature to not care about something until if affects you or those you care about. Maybe I should say it’s the nature of Western Society. So how many commenters started to care about an issue long before it affected you or or loved one, if it affected you all?

    Sure, it would have nice is Anne Hathaway and her family got on the bandwagon sooner than later; same can be said for a lot of people in and out of the spotlight. Better late than never is better than too little too late.

    @broadview. If that’s the case than no one is a strong believer. Every single person who believes in any organized faith picks and chooses what he/she believes.

  41. Emily says:

    @broadview: so, to have a deep, stable faith, you need to blindly follow everything the Bible/Koran/Torah tells you?

    In that case, how many adulterers have you put to death recently? And you better throw out all your denim jeans while you’re at it.

  42. Solveig says:

    I’d really love to see millions of people leaving the catholic church. I live in Italy and believe me, political choices are made just to please the pope and part of the catholic voters… who most times do not agree with this conservative, frustrating and hateful way of thinking.
    I really appreciate what Anne and her family did and I also think that religions are the cancer of human society, and that they are just speculative companies who earn money and gain power from people’s sorrows and desperation. People should be spiritual, not religious. The soul doesn’t need middle-men to reach god.

    Ps: her features are quite large in a small face, actually. She has the typical odd face you see in Tim Burton’s movie, it surprises me that he didn’t cast her before. Anyway I really like her face, it’s lovely.

  43. girl says:

    I don’t really think that Catholicism is so intolerant of homosexuality. Read what the Catechism actually has to say about it.

    And it bears repeating that the Catholic Church is the largest charity providing care to people with AIDS, especially in Africa.

    I don’t think it is totally black and white.

    If you want to read some really funny if it weren’t so sad stuff on a particular religions take on homosexuality, read Tim Lehaye’s books on it.

    I kid you not, he talks about the “predatory homosexual” who convinces lonely vulnerable youth to be gay.

    But seriously, was AH a serious church goer at the time she quit? If a faith isn’t for you it just isn’t. But it does sound, at least from the quote in the article that she didn’t learn too much about the Church before she quit it.

  44. Bek says:

    I absolutely hated those horrible “princess diaries” movies, but I think Anne’s acting ability has REALLY gotten better. In fact, I think she’s really goin’ places. And she’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL, imo. She has the most beautiful porcelain skin I’ve ever seen. And I really like her lips/teeth and huge eyes! I sound like I’m lusting…

  45. whateva says:

    she’s a mildly talented actress who’s lovely to look at. meh! i’m sick of her & and her bandwagon.

  46. I think Anne is ugly, but you know how there are people who are really pretty and have ugly attitudes and that makes them ugly? I think its the opposite for Anne, she isn’t what most would consider ‘beautiful’, but I think her attitude makes her better looking. I love that she is honest and true to herself. Go Anne!

  47. ccoop says:

    LOLLL @Trillion’s comment.

    I think that InStyle cover is stunning.

  48. EMV says:

    I am an Episcopalian and I have never hear the term “Episcopalianism” interesting… She probably doesn’t sit well with the Catechism in general which is what Episcopalians believe as well as Catholics. It’s really Catholic Lite with less rules and regulations. Th gay bishop was condemned not because he was gay ,but bc he cheated on and left his wife and family. That is wrong no matter what sexuality you are. The church is splitting for more reasons than sexuality…There are also more denominations and religions that are having problems not just the ones you see on the news. No matter what religion you belong to you have your own beliefs and you should not have to leave your brains at the door before entering.

  49. Misty_* says:

    I can’t stand Anne. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but she was so smug and self absorved in all interviews of her I’ve read/watched. She acted much like that chick in high school that is always trying to show people how smart she is. Like Natalie Portman (*barf*). Tiring to watch.
    But her worst moment, in my opinion, was the Newsweek Oscar Roundtable last year. It’s on YouTube. The way she treated Robert Downey Jr. at some point of the interview was so f*cking annoying. And she just wouldn’t ever shut up and let the other actors talk.

  50. Misty_* says:

    I can’t stand Anne. Maybe it’s just coincidence, but she was so smug and self absorved in all interviews of her I’ve read/watched. She acted much like that chick in high school that is always trying to show people how smart she is. Like Natalie Portman (*barf*). Tiring to watch.
    But her worst moment, in my opinion, was the Newsweek Oscar Roundtable last year. It’s on YouTube. The way she treated Robert Downey Jr. at some point of the interview was so f*cking annoying. And she just wouldn’t ever shut up and let the other actors talk.
    What annoys me the most, actually, is the fact that she’s not a good actress and people regard her as if she was this acting titan. And gush about her “class”. Just because she’s not throwing up in cans and partying with Lindsay Lohan doesn’t mean she’s “classy”. Classy is naturally elegant and sophisticated. This girl can’t even pick a dress without the help of Rachel Zoe.

  51. Amy says:

    she is full of herself.She is an okay looking girl. Not a classic beauty. She will say anything to get publicity for her movie.

  52. ViktoryGin says:

    LOVE Anne Hathaway. I’ve had such an about face with her. In her late teens the media was comparing her Julia Roberts whom I can’t stand. Since then she has been increasingly trying to distance herself from that typecasting, and I am really impressed with the kind of actress she’s becoming. Really good work in Havoc and Rachel Getting Married. I also respect the fact that she doesn’t pimp herself out for attention. Go, Anne.

  53. skeptical says:

    don’t forget the Sistine Chapel, painted by queerboy Michelangelo… gee isn’t that were they choose the popes?

    heh heh

  54. Kat says:

    I think Anne may have been misinformed, the Catholic Church is very accepting of homosexuality. I am filipino & grew up as a Roman Catholic, & I was taught that homosexuals were led to a life of purity. There are a few catholic churches that hold mixers & support groups for homosexual members, regardless of someone’s lifestyle, as christians we are supposed to love, not judge others.

  55. Erin says:

    Whoa! Lots of hate for Catholics…Dayum! I’m Catholic and believe in gay rights and birth control. I also believe my religion choice and my relationship with God is different than my relationship with an organized church…just because someone is Catholic doesn’t mean they are intolerant…

  56. CB Rawks says:

    “I think Anne may have been misinformed, the Catholic Church is very accepting of homosexuality – I was taught that homosexuals were led to a life of purity.”

    Doesn’t that mean you want them to change? That’s not acceptance.

  57. Emily says:

    “I also believe my religion choice and my relationship with God is different than my relationship with an organized church…just because someone is Catholic doesn’t mean they are intolerant…”
    Thank you, Erin! I’m not Catholic, but I have close family friends who are, and they were fine when I came out to them.

    That said, the Catholic CHURCH is not tolerant! The pope said a few years ago (in a Christmas message I think) that gay pretty much equals paedophile. Very tolerant.

  58. annie says:

    Wow, sad, very, very sad. The moral confusion out there is breathtaking!

  59. naye in VA says:

    Churches dissapproves of sin on a whole. They arent supporting homosexuality just like they aren’t supporting pre-marital sex. It kind of stupid to to leave the church because it disagrees with the way you live your life (unless you are having a raging public outright battle with the church over your personal life which really shoulnt happen becuase its your personal life, not the church’s). We all sin. all the time. Almost every day. Even those most devout. Often times the congregation and the church dont agree completely. And you move on. Its really about you spritual connection with God and Christ. Church is a way to show your praise and appreciation, to give back, and to have spritual guidance on your faith walk. It isnt the end all to be all and thats why churches has reformed so much in the past couple of hundred years.

    I hate when some homosexual groups act as though because you dont agree with their lifestyle you HATE them. that is not the case at all. You cant ask people to support you if they dont morally agree with you. That applies to any situation. That doesnt mean that people like you any less or refuse to be near you. They just disagree with you

    BUT It always wierds me out how celebrities act like religion is an accessory. Like “im Christian but my fiance is Jewish so I’m converting” huh? Anybody whose faith is something real to them is not going to throw away their ENTIRE belief system because of one person in their lives. They probably werent that tied to their faith to begin with. That said Catholocism is a denomination. If Anne is looking for a demonination that will agree with her every whim she’s going to have tough luck

  60. bo says:

    I like people who Like Selma Blair for her authenticity. Never watch the commentary on The Sweetest Thing unless you want to hate Diaz and Applegate for the rest of your natural life. OK, I’m officially team Anne. Rachel Getting Married and the Selma Blair thing have won me over.