Anne Hathaway: Fame “F*cked Me Up For A Really Long Time”

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Anne Hathaway Elle UK November 2014

By Michael Lewittes

Anne Hathaway Elle UK November 2014

(Elle UK)

Anne Hathaway is candidly speaking about her struggles with fame, which she admits really “f*cked” her up. The Oscar winner was only 18 when she hit it big in the 2001 Disney hit The Princess Diaries. “This fame thing? F*cked me up for a really long time,” she tells Elle UK. “I didn’t know how to do it. I didn’t know how to engage with it.”

She explains in the magazine’s November issue, “It stressed me out. And people would say, ‘You just have to be yourself,’ and I was like, ‘But I don’t know who that is yet!'” Now that she is older, Hathaway says she is focused on being more relaxed. ‘The thing I’ve learned this past year is to chill out,” she says. “I think when you’re young and struggling to find yourself, there’s something alluring about the idea of being tortured.”

The Les Miserables star notes, “Life for me these days is a lot about letting the unknown be wonderful, and letting myself feel safe.” Hathaway admits that Matthew McConaughey, her co-star in the upcoming film Interstellar, encouraged her to embrace the unexpected when they were on set. “The man speaks in poetry,” she says of the actor. “I remember once while we were filming, something got screwed up, and he said to me: ‘Look, we can get upset about this, or we can go with it and have a great story for the rest of our lives.'”

The actress, who has had her fair share of haters, says she has also learned to overcome the criticisms that come with being in the spotlight. “I’ve realized that don’t need validation from anybody. At all,” she says. “I’m not sitting here now worrying, ‘What do you think of me?’ With all due respect, you seem like a lovely lady, but I don’t need you, or anyone else, to like me. And that’s so liberating. It’s a big reveal, man.”

And the actress opens up about her husband of two years Adam Shulman. “The first year of my marriage was insane,” she explains. “So much happened so fast, and we didn’t get to focus on just being married until about a year in.” Hathaway notes, “There was a part of me that I was keeping in reserve, and when I got married, something shifted… That question of, ‘How long’s this gonna last?’ is off the table. And when you’re not worried about that, there’s space to just be silly.” What do you think of Hathaway’s comments?

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