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.
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.
A Fan of the Duchess of Cambridge
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?
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.
An Important Lesson
According to Hathaway, the most important career lesson she ever learned was the ‘quarter lesson.’ One of the teachers in her acting program grabbed a quarter from his pocket and put it inside one of his hands; he made a fist, closed it, and then asked the students to get the quarter from him. Not one student was able to.
Then he asked one of the students to do it, so he could take the quarter. The teacher aggressively opened the student’s hand and took the quarter within seconds. The lesson was that, when acting a scene, one must figure out what that quarter stands for and go for it with every last ounce of energy. Hathaway says this taught her to always go fiercely after the things she wants.