Hathaway starred in only one film in the year 2015, and that was Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern.” The film is a sweet, light-hearted comedy-drama about a 70-year-old senior intern (played by Robert DeNiro) at a chic new online fashion company run by the ambitious and modern Jules Ostin, played by Hathaway.
The story follows the relationship between them and how, despite being from very different worlds and generations, they become great friends. The film got good reviews from critics, and audiences loved it, as was proved by its whopping commercial success of grossing over $194 million worldwide on a budget of only $35 million.
Working With Nolan Again
Hathaway once again collaborated with legendary director Christopher Nolan in 2014 when she was called to play a scientist in “Interstellar,” a cinematic masterpiece. The actress’s character, Dr. Amelia Brand, is a NASA scientist who goes on a search for a new home for mankind along with other astronauts.
Her character evolves from an arrogant know-it-all to a humble, sensible person, which is exactly what interested Hathaway when she read the script. With co-stars Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain, the film ended up being a science fiction work of art and one of Nolan’s most critically and commercially acclaimed films.
She Nearly Died on Set
Anyone who has seen “Interstellar” and who is familiar with Christopher Nolan’s films knows the director creates otherworldly sets and universes. For this particular sci-fi epic, the cast and crew went to Iceland to shoot some scenes, and the ordeal proved to be a near-death experience for Hathaway.
While filming a water scene, the actress got dangerously close to getting hypothermia when they realized that the dry suit she was wearing hadn’t been properly secured. According to her, the crew realized this just seconds before things reached a no-return point. Still, the actress says she would risk it again only to be a part of Nolan’s unforgettable cinematic masterpiece.
Through the Looking Glass
In 2016, Hathaway reprised her role as the mysterious White Queen in “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” – a sequel to Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” directed by James Bobin. The film included most of the first film’s cast, with some added talents like Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, and Stephen Fry.
The plot follows Alice as she tries to save Wonderland and the Mad Hatter from the evil Red Queen and enlists the help of the White Queen and other friends. The movie didn’t quite take among critics, and audiences seemed to prefer the first one, but in terms of finances, the film amassed over double its budget.
The Princess That Never Was
In March of 2016, news came out about the release of “The Princess Diaries 3.” The project was in development, and Hathaway was set to reprise her beloved role. Sadly, the script was shelved when director Gary Marshall passed away in July of that year due to pneumonia complications at age 81.
Since Marshall had directed the first two films and was the brains behind the script of the third, it made sense that he was the one to direct it. When that was no longer an option, things fell apart. Marshall was a groundbreaking director with many friends in the industry who paid beautiful tributes at his funeral, and Hathaway was one of them.