At the beginning of 2009, Hathaway was cast as meek schoolteacher Emma Allan in “Bride Wars,” a romantic comedy that failed with critics but was a financial success. The film follows two childhood best friends who have been planning their weddings since they were little and then become terrible enemies after they schedule their wedding for the same date.
Playing alongside Kate Hudson, Hathaway did a great job at starring in a light-hearted rom-com, which she herself called “hideously commercial…gloriously so.” A year later, she played Liz, a receptionist who falls in love with a clerk in Gary Marshall’s romantic comedy “Valentine’s Day.”
Anne’s Debut on SNL
As the true mark of her career skyrocketing, Hathaway got invited to the hit comedy sketch show “Saturday Night Live” in October of 2008. She did such an amazing job hosting the show that even the cast members were stunned at how funny she could be. “She was charming and hilarious and fit in like a glove,” said some of the cast.
Hathaway did sketches alongside Jason Sudeikis, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen, and others. The episode got rave reviews from critics, who were downright shocked that Hathaway could do comedy in such a natural manner. And it seems that this marked the beginning of a comedy genre streak for the actress.
A Dream Come True
In the summer of 2008, Hathaway got called to play a lead role in director Peter Segal’s comedy film “Get Smart.” Based on the 1960s TV series of the same name, written by Mel Brooks, Hathaway said she was honored to get the call, and it felt like “a childhood dream come true” since she had always been a huge fan of Brooks.
For her role of Agent 99, Hathaway had to prepare by learning different dancing techniques and martial arts and even had an accident while filming a scene that ended up with her getting 15 stitches on her leg. Her and co-star Steve Carell played their roles to perfection, helping to make the movie a massive commercial success that grossed over $230 million.
A Voice-Over Star
Apart from her incomparable talents as an actress, Hathaway also proved herself to be brilliant at doing voice-over work. In fact, she won an Emmy for “Outstanding Voice-Over Performance” in 2010 for her job voicing Princess Penelope in “The Simpsons.”
For the legendary show’s tenth episode of its 21st season, “Once Upon a Time in Springfield,” Hathaway lent her voice to a new animated character and did an incredible job. Later, in 2010, she also did the voice for different characters on the hit animated TV show, “Family Guy,” and the character of Jewel, a macaw in the animated film “Rio.”
A New Challenge
In November of 2010, Hathaway took on the role of Maggie Murdock, a free-spirited artist who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. She reunited with Jake Gyllenhaal, and the two stars played the lead roles in “Love & Other Drugs,” a film about two people who fall madly for each other and begin a complicated relationship. The romantic drama gave Hathaway a new challenge – playing someone with Parkinson’s disease and doing a few nude scenes for the first time in her career.
The actress recounts that she spent much time with a Parkinson’s patient to research the condition as much as possible. As for the nude scenes, she watched films by Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet repeatedly since, according to her, they were two stars who had performed nudity in what she considered an elegant, dignified way. The film was a commercial success.