You know how in late 2012, people suddenly (or not so suddenly?) started hating Anne Hathaway because they thought she seemed contrived, posed, and too perfect? In the age of Jennifer Lawrence with all her “I’m just like you all! I eat McDonald’s! LOOK AT ME BEHIND SOMEONE ELSE GIVING AN INTERVIEW!!!!” glory, there was simply no more room for somebody whose publicist didn’t make it a mission to create everyone’s celebrity BFF. (After all, if anybody is supposed to come off as genuine, it should be a human being who is almost exclusively famous for professionally behaving as another human being.)
Well, anyway, Hathaway listened and opted to step back, as one sometimes does when faced with thousands of people tell you that you suck in every possible way. In an interview with the Huffington Post, this brief response made me sad:
[HuffPo:] You were very much part of our lives in 2012, but we didn’t see you much in 2013. I think people miss you.
Hathaway: My impression is that people needed a break from me.
Bummer. While I get the idea of people needing a “break” from certain stars who have been overloaded on their radars, I usually associate that with (A) those who are in several films per year and (B) reality stars who have inexplicably made it to their seventeenth minute of fame.
Given the fact that the majority of lead roles in films are by men, you would think we would instead get fatigued at people like, say, Liam Hemsworth (six films between 2012 and 2013), Bradley Cooper (six between 2012 and 2013), Ryan Gosling (three in 2013) and Matthew McConaughey (four in 2012, two in 2013). Hathaway, by comparison, starred in two in 2012 (Batman, Les Mis) and cameoed in just Don Jon in 2013. Was she good in Batman? Eh, no, but the reasoning behind people disliking her has largely been based on her offscreen personality. And naturally, actresses are the ones who get critiqued the most as being overbearing or unlikable despite actors like Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin being remarkable bags of douche, yet still gaining fans upon fans.
I realize that we and plenty of others discussed this back when it was all an issue, when people suddenly loved J Law but couldn’t possibly imagine a world wherein Hathaway should be allowed to share in the spotlight despite also starring in a huge, fairly well-received film. There is simply no room for two famous, talented, beautiful women, apparently. However, what really bums me out: in the past year, Hathaway was voted more annoying than Chris Brown. Chris Brown. If somebody declared me more awful than a dude who put his girlfriend in the hospital and then publicly wished violence on other women, I am pretty sure I would want to GTFO of the spotlight, as well.
So, is it cool with everybody if Anne Hathaway comes back now? Because it’s pretty fine with me, provided she never does another film like One Day ever, ever again.