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.
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.
A Dear Friend
Hathaway and actor Hugh Jackman have been good friends for years, with Jackman even helping the actress when she was going through pretty tough times. In fact, it was Jackman who suggested Anne Hathaway play the role of Fantine to “Les Misérables” director Tom Hooper.
Not only did the role help her focus her energy on the project and move forward from the problems she was having at the time, but it also won her her first Oscar. During her acceptance speech, she thanked Jackman and called him “one of Hollywood’s Finest Gentlemen.” They even sang a duet during the Academy Awards ceremony!
She Loved a Challenge
Even though Hathaway wasn’t a rebellious child or a teenager who regularly got into trouble, there was one challenge she could never resist. Whenever anyone told her that she couldn’t do something because she was a girl, she would immediately do it and focus all her energy on doing it the best she could.
It was imperative that she always proved them wrong, showing people that being a girl doesn’t limit you from anything in life. On the contrary, it pushes you forward to do it better than everyone else. No wonder she’s such a devoted feminist as an adult.