Among the many actors, actresses, historical and literary figures, and other people Hathaway admires, it turns out one of them is none other than the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s not so surprising, considering that Duchess Kate Middleton is the epitome of elegance and class, much like Hathaway.
In fact, the actress has mentioned more than once that she would love to play the Duchess in a biopic about her life. She said to People Magazine that she felt a kinship with her, and honestly, it would be a perfect match if you think about it. Both women are brunettes, beautiful, understatedly elegant, and have pretty much the same body build. Are any directors out there interested?
A Pioneer of ‘The Barrow Group’
Hathaway was the first teenager to ever be admitted into the prestigious Barrow Group in New York City. While attending the Montessori School in Brooklyn Heights and the Wyoming Elementary School in Milburn, Hathaway had two passions: playing soccer and acting in plays.
She appeared in school plays “Gigi” and “Jane Eyre” and got into the American Academy of the Arts at age eleven. Shortly after, she was accepted to The Barrow Group. The Barrow Group is a renowned performing arts group in New York City that was known for its innovative ways, so being accepted into its acting program was a big turning point for Hathaway.
The Accident that Gave Her a Breakout Role
Apart from director Gary Marshall’s granddaughters advising him to cast Hathaway in “The Princess Diaries” because of her “princess hair,” there was something else that secured the breakout role for the actress. As the story goes, Hathaway was in the middle of her audition to play Mia Thermopolis and suddenly fell off her chair by accident.
It wasn’t planned, and Hathaway recounts in later interviews that it was one of the most embarrassing moments of clumsiness of her life. Ironically, this type of clumsiness was exactly what the director was looking for in Mia’s character, so falling from her chair is actually what got her hired right there and then.
The Stage Saved Her
Hathaway has been honest about the fact that she had a lot of self-esteem issues as a teenager. The actress has admitted to how critical she was of herself and didn’t believe she could achieve her goals. Anxiety and depression took hold, and it was hard for her to overcome the hurdles in her mind.
However, there was one place that saved her from spiraling out of control – the stage. Acting gave a young Hathaway a way to cope with her feelings without bottling them in. It was a place where she felt in control, knowing exactly what would happen next.
Joining the High Ranks
It’s not surprising that Hathaway is a huge fan of leading actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age. After all, her mother was an actress, and her living room was always showing classic films and breathtaking performances. So, for Hathaway to be compared to cinema legends like Audrey Hepburn and Judy Garland is the biggest compliment she could get.
Throughout her career, many critics have compared her to these talented and graceful beauties more than once. If you think about it, her acting style and her classy looks do give her a touch of old Hollywood glamour. She would definitely have to be cast as Audrey Hepburn if a biopic about the actress was ever made.