From Criticism to Gratitude: Anne Hathaway Reflects on Hollywood’s Perception of Her Career

How Anne Hathaway fell out of favor with the world

Ten years ago, actress Anne Hathaway faced an onslaught of criticism during the press tour for her new film Mothers’ Instinct. Despite being unable to easily find flaws in her, humans tend to be suspicious of perfection and invented some themselves just to be cautious. Looking back, she reflects on the barrage of hostility, both online and offline, that derailed her career in the 2010s.

During that time, Hollywood was in a precarious state with movements like #MeToo and #OscarsSoWhite gaining traction. Hathaway faced vague accusations that varied depending on who you asked. One moment she was deemed too enthusiastic, earnest, and humble, while the next she was labeled as inauthentic, entitled, and insincere. She was criticized for being both an Oscar-winning star in Les Misérables and a millennial version of Julia Roberts in lighter films like Valentine’s Day and Bride Wars.

These criticisms led Hathaway to miss out on job opportunities and made her question her online persona’s toxicity. Despite the negative publicity, she credits Christopher Nolan for being supportive during a low point in her career by casting her in Interstellar. She expressed gratitude for his belief in her talent and not being swayed by the negative press surrounding her.

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