Are you sick of thinking about the insane starvation diet Anne Hathaway put herself through for her role in Les Miserables, as well as the mild starvation diet most Hollywood actresses put themselves through to maintain an “aspirationally” thin frame at all times? As it turns out, so is Anne Hathaway. But she’s not really sure what to do about it, and that makes her feel sad.
In a recent interview with Glamour Magazine (conducted by none other than Eve Ensler), the topic of body image came up, and this exchange transpired:
Anne Hathaway: …But I still feel the stress over “Am I thin enough? Am I too thin? Is my body the right shape?”
Eve Ensler: And is that an everyday obsession?
Anne Hathaway: If I’m honest, yes. There’s an obsessive quality to it that I thought I would’ve grown out of by now. It’s an ongoing source of shame for me.
Eve Ensler: Because you should somehow be different than the rest of the human race?
Anne Hathaway: I just think about the ridicule you get if you have an off day. If people weren’t watching, I’d be so much more eccentric. I know it makes me sound weak, but rather than make myself happy and wear the silly hat and say, “Oh, I don’t care,” I actually really don’t feel like getting made fun of. So I put on something boring and navy and go out and try to disappear.
Eve Ensler: And liberation would be getting to a point where you just didn’t give a sh-t?
Anne Hathaway: That would be the technical definition of liberation, yes.
Oh, Anne. There is so much I identify with here. If I had a nickel for every woman who felt conflicted about hating society’s body fascism, on the one hand, and wanting to lose weight for non-health-related reasons, on the other, I’d have enough to buy countless designer rompers. (After paying myself back for my own contribution, of course.) It’s nigh impossible to separate “self” from “society,” even (especially?) if you’re famous, so you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you find it difficult.
On the other hand, Anne Hathaway is probably a big enough celebrity at this point that she has more power than the average bear to set trends and dictate her own image. I, for one, would very much like to see a less stressed out Anne Hathaway eating whatever diet felt right to her and rocking the weird hat of her dreams, partly because it would promote self-acceptance, and partly because I know from this interview that it would make her happy to be able to do this. And partly, of course, because I am a fan of weird hats. Let your freak flag fly, lady!