• Fri, Dec 7 2012

Why Do You Hate Anne Hathaway?

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According to Buzzfeed:

Her career may be on the rise, but public opinion of Anne Hathaway is at an all-time low. Why all the hate?

Huh. I remember, once, years ago, Anne Hathaway gave an interview regarding her role in The Devil Wears Prada that made me hate her a bit.

It said something about how, at one point, during the scene where her character goes to the Met Ball they wanted to do a makeover where they put a tiara on her. But she was sick of that after all the Princess Diaries stuff, and said that she would only do that if her character then tore the tiara off her head and began tearing it apart.

And I thought “well, you know, that seems somewhat ungrateful towards a franchise that really put you in the public eye.” And, fine, I loved The Princess Diaries. I will still probably watch it every time I stumble across it while flipping channels on TV (other movies I find this to be true of are Casino and Goodfellas ,so I think it evens out). But then years passed, and I realized that if I was in my early 20′s that’s exactly the kind of thing I would have offhandedly said to an interviewer, too, and, well, that is not really a reason to hate Anne Hathaway.

And she went back to being my favorite actress, pretty much. She seems warm and accessible. I thought it was vaguely bizarre when she protested at Occupy Wall Street considering the fact that movie stars are paid a salary very disproportionate to everyone else in the world, but, well, I’m okay with that. Maybe she was just really feeling her role as Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises.

Other than that I think she does an excellent job in virtually every movie I’ve seen her in. I think Brokeback Mountain was a pretty bold choice. I thought that Catwoman was the best part of the Dark Knight Rises (the hats alone!) and I know I’m not the only person who feels that way. I think she’ll be great in Les Mis.

I even liked her dress, yesterday. I thought the sleeves were neat.

And I think she also seems like someone who – and I know I am not basing this off of anything, really – works very hard at her roles. She doesn’t seem like a diva. She seems like someone who shows up and does her job with a reasonable amount of good cheer, and I like this quality.

So, I’m a huge fan. I think she’s great. She’s probably one of the rare actresses whose presence in a movie would make me more likely to go and see it.

But you hate her, I guess, because you are an abject monster. Why? Let me know! Don’t say anything about her physical appearance!

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  • Cee

    I think Alexis Rhiannon (I’m almost sure I misspelled her last name, sorry!)wrote something about disliking Anne Hathaway on Crushable and I agree with her. I just can’t pinpoint why I dislike her. It is not her physical appearance. Shes pretty, kinda agree with what Anne said about herself on having too many big features on her face, but they somehow work on her and are no reason to hate her.

    But, there is just SOMETHING about her, and I feel bad disliking her because she has never done anything offensive or stupid (aside from starving herself for roles and talking about it nonstop). If anything I should like her because she sold her wedding pics and gave the money to a gay marriage cause, but I STILL don’t like her.

  • Candace

    I hate her for being married to Shakespeare.

    • Holly

      This made my morning.

    • Naomi

      HA!

  • T-Lex

    I cannot help but jealously hate anyone who gets to have sleepovers with Dame Julie Andrews.

  • http://twitter.com/PortraitOfMmeX Madame X

    I don’t get it, myself. I really like her. I think a lot of people are being snippy about her prep for her Les Mis role and I actually really appreciate her candor because, guess what? Eating oat paste and then nothing for 13 days is the way its done. I’m sick of actresses pretending they have fast metabolisms and do a lot of yoga. Personally, I feel like adults should be able to feed themselves however they choose and if being that thin is a priority for you at any point in your life for whatever reason, more power to you because it isn’t easy.

  • AmbienceChaser

    I like her. I don’t understand at all when people don’t like her, especially when people say she looks weird or is unattractive. (That always makes me wonder what crazy moon-world those people live on and what conventional attractiveness looks like over there. I imagine it involves having snails for eyes and a shiny, healthy carapace.) She picks good projects, and whenever she goes against type and picks something that seems out of her wheelhouse she winds up being very good. I think Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway are the actresses most likely to make me want to go see a movie.

    That haircut is really tempting.

  • Fabel

    I used to hate for, for whatever reason, but now she has grown on me? And I also thought her dress was pretty, because I have a thing for unusual sleeves.

    • Fabel

      *her, not for

  • MeenaK

    I’d rather she had a singing career. I could tolerate her more then as she has a fantastic voice. But she has an odd face that begs the question, “who decided she could be an actress?”- as her acting has also not been anything outstanding (Rachel Getting Married was WAY over-hyped- Oscar nom, really?!) but she is slowly growing on me as she is slowly improving her acting skills. Maybe with time, we will all like Anne Hathaway. I do expect good things from her in “Les Miserables.”

    • Anon

      An odd face?! What planet are you living on?!

  • Jessie

    I hate love her. My cousin’s shitty girlfriend venomously hates Anne so much for no reason, I love her just to spite her.

  • jamiepeck

    Believe it or not, it’s entirely possible for someone to be very well paid and still find serious fault with our current economic and political system. In fact, growing up privileged is part of what led me to question it in the first place, because I know how awesome it is to be well off, and how little I did to deserve any of it. Plus, Anne has always been interested in radical politics…she was friends with my commie friend in college. True fact. I will always like her.

  • Gen

    I liked her fine when all I knew of her was The Princess Diaries, but THEN I saw her boobs in Havoc and my PG-13 mind was blown, and ever since I’ve been a big fan. I agree with all the things the author said about her read on Anne as a person/actress, and I wish I had a more substantial reason to like her, but I don’t. Now, I have a roommate that passionately hates her because, “she’s not attractive” and “she’s just not a good actress.” I can’t comprehend either of these statements, and no amount of forcing my roommate to watch Havoc has made her stop repeating them.

  • Holly

    I don’t hate her. However, whenever I see her I feel that I don’t like her. She irks me for some reason. I have NO idea why. I don’t find her that funny looking. She does have some exaggerated features but I don’t think that makes her ugly or anything. Her acting doesn’t really affect me one way or another. I don’t know much about her. But, my first instinct when I see her is that I feel negatively toward her. I don’t really keep up with celebrities at all, so I doubt that I have some sort of forgotten knowledge about her that makes me feel this way. Mysterious!

  • http://twitter.com/Tobi_Is_Fab Nerdy Lucy

    I like her. I don’t think I realized that there was so much Hathaway-hate.

  • Samantha_Escobar

    I love her in interviews, I think it was great that she protested in OWS and I think she seems like a lovely person. She got sassy at an interviewer a while back for continuously poking her for more answers about her Batman diet and I decided right then that I liked her as a celebrity.

    That said, I almost fall asleep whenever she’s onscreen. Everything about Catwoman made me irritated and I think I’ve only really liked her in a couple movies; most of the time I think she’s dull. So dull. In that same way I can’t stand watching Bradley Cooper or Chris Evans or Jennifer Carpenter. I just feel so numb when they’re onscreen.

    • kneelbeforetigers

      Well, she more than made up for it but trumpeting her diet for Les Mis. She literally tried to make it sound fun… way to inspire the ana cowd, Anne.

    • wtf humanity

      “I don’t want to glorify it. I mean, I was literally trying to look like I was starving.” Yeeeeah….fun.

  • Nadia

    I don’t understand what people have against her…I really like Anne Hathaway; she seems so much more “real” than most female celebrities. She and Natalie Portman (partly because of this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=viFCqcHg5HI) are among my top 2 female celebrities.

  • JennyWren

    I don’t hate her, but neither do I love her. She’s just so terribly, terribly earnest all the time, and I can’t pinpoint why but I feel like she probably has almost no sense of humor about herself? But then again, I don’t actually know her at all, so having an opinion about her seems of itself a bit ludicrous. She’s also insanely pretty and her hair looks awesome.

  • jamiepeck

    Also, she made me cry SO MUCH in Rachel Getting Married. Like, I was fucking inconsolable for hours afterwards. I saw it with my mom and she cried ten times as much as me. If that’s not good acting, I don’t know what is.

    • Amanda Chatel

      THIS. This was the movie that made me fall in love with Anne Hathaway. I had been indifferent to her before then. But that scene toward the end of the movie where her sister is helping her bathe… ah… I’m starting to cry right now just thinking about it. It was so beautifully done — the whole film — and she was fantastic in it.

  • Lea

    I hate her because in interviews she whined about how hard she cried when she got her hair cut short. ´I was reduced to a mental patient level of crying… I was inconsolable.’

    The short hair looks SO DAMN GOOD on her, but with an attitude like that, she just does not deserve it.

    I am a proud pixie wearer, and every time I see a photo of Anne Hathaway I think `You do not deserve a pixie cut`.

  • Wrk

    She’s an over-eager theater kid. That can be annoying, and cloying, and off-putting. Her performance at the Oscars? My goodness, calm down, you’re not on Glee.

  • MR

    What was the name of the film, where she was very ill? Yeah, she’s good.

    • MR

      I was just checking. It was ‘Love and Other Drugs’. I think she also did a good characterization of explaining Jane Austen, in ‘Becoming Jane’ – though Mark Twain might diagree. :)

    • MR

      Yeah bad typo, yes that was disagree. I always felt Twain’s language a little confusing. This from a man who speaks two other languages. :)

  • Eileen

    I’m…kind of ambivalent about her? She’s not a bad actress, but I don’t think she’s particularly talented; and she’s pretty, but not stunningly beautiful. I don’t pay much attention to her interviews because I don’t find her particularly interesting. I do generally find her gently annoying, though I don’t think any more so than any other actress.

    I guess my question is, “Why do you feel strongly about Anne Hathaway?” Props to Candace, though, because I still don’t find her distinct enough to stop thinking, “Shakespeare’s wife.” And before you think I’m just a history nerd, you should know that Jane Seymour has accomplished this feat.

  • bluegirl

    I think she acts way to “cute” all the time. She’s like an annoying theater kid in every single role. She’s simperingly sweet. I could forgive maybe one performance like that. I think Amy Adams is a great actress with a ton of variety. However, I don’t think she has a great voice, and I think many people are tired of seeing actors trained to sing a few songs for a role, when it is clear that they can barely eek out a tune otherwise, like Renee Zellweger in Chicago. I thought AH was better than expected but still dull as dishwater in Batman, and although I have seen a lot of her movies, like Rachel Getting Married, I don’t feel that her acting has progressed past the stage of teenager. I think she is an older style of actress, like Diane Keaton used to be like in Woody Allen’s Sleeper, playing dumb all the time. I think the new generation (Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Emma Watson) plays a much smarter woman. I don’t hate her, I think she must be a nice woman, but I would like to see her act like a woman at some point.

  • Katie

    I’m completely surprised people hate her! I had no idea. Of all the actresses one could expend ridiculous amounts of energy hating, they pick her? Weird.

  • lucygoosey74

    I like her, simply because you don’t see her plastered all over the tabloids for doing stupid shit. She just dosen’t seem like a fame whore and I like that.

  • Cate

    I love her to an unreasonable degree, partly because she seems genuinely warm, approachable, and unruined by fame, and partly because she is the only celebrity to whom I bear even the faintest resemblance.

  • http://twitter.com/angidas Angi

    I really dislike how the word “hate” gets thrown around so easily when it comes to people. Unless the person has done something to you personally,then you have no reason to hate them. Hate all the injustice in the world. Hate that we have children starving. Hate that women are trick into slavery. Anne Hathaway has done nothing horrendous to warrant hatred. If you do not enjoy her performances, interviews or articles, then do not engage your mind in those thing. Simple enough.

    • Penny

      Agreed. Some may find her boring, but being bored and hating someone are entirely different things. There’s no reason to start controversy.

  • kneelbeforetigers

    She is SO. BLAND. She makes me quiver with abject hate whenever I see her. I feel like AH + Gwyneth Paltrow are the reason that the hashtag #whitegirlproblems was created.

    • Naomi

      So someone being boring to you makes them worthy of hate? I don’t get that. If they’re so tiresome, why do they have so much of your attention?

    • kneelbeforetigers

      Because she’s everywhere. The media loves milquetoast!

  • cara555

    her face is annoying and she’s really not that great at acting / don’t get all the hype

    • L

      Yep, someone’s face is totally a legitimate reason to hate someone….
      I worry for humanity sometimes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/alexandra.prim Alexandra Prim

    This is utterly bizarre to me. I think Anne Hathaway is an incredibly talented actress and, also, very beautiful–so much more so because her beauty is unique and genuine. I, like a few of the commenters before me articulated, had no idea there was so much hate for this lovely woman (who comes across as smart, true to herself, and extremely gracious). And, I know this is petty, but it kind of kills me that people are comparing her to Amy Adams and favoring Amy out of the two. I find Adams’ acting style to be endlessly annoying with her simpering voice and constant exasperating sighs a la “Julie and Julia.” She almost ruined what was a fabulous film where literally every other actor shone. I know that was partly her character but she didn’t endear herself to me–just the opposite.

    I don’t want this to turn into more of a diatribe than it already has so, in conclusion, I find Anne Hathaway to be a great person and actress and deserved of her Oscar nom. I thought she was great as Catwoman and will be phenomenal as Fantine. And it would do us all much better to focus our hate on global warming deniers and people who facilitate the sex trade.

    Thanks for being fab, Anne!

  • http://twitter.com/MarinaLux109 MontyFree

    She seems really stuck up and fake as hell.

  • iamthegreatcornholio

    I’ve always liked her. I find her intelligent, charming, funny and of course, she’s beautiful and talented. I’ve always scratched my head at the Anne hate.

  • Jimmy

    I don’t hate Anne Hathaway or anyone else for that matter. Anne is a very talented actress and deserves her right to her privacy and respect!

  • SomaBID

    Oh get a life people. There are better things to hate than Anne. I was actually confused when I saw this post. The gender-based bias that fuels the “hate” is insufferable. Have you not see what our national and state congresses are doing to us? What Wall Street is doing to us? Sheez.

  • Jolie Apuzzo

    No one hates her. It’s bs. Keep listening to the media and being sheep.

  • Trenner1

    I adore Anne Hathaway and believe her to be a fine actress.

  • Jan Mcintire

    She’s an absolute phony woman who seems to think that playing a princess actually makes her one.her and many others who act for a living need to get out and meet the real world.They make crap loads of cash and think they’re better then us.The fact is they wouldn’t have a thin dime without our support and us spending hard earned cash to watch their sorry butts.I don’t hate her.I’ve enjoyed a few movies she’s been in but she seems phony!!!!!