In 2015, Forbes Magazine reported that Anne Hathaway was one of the highest-paid actresses in the industry. This was a year after starring in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic “Interstellar,” which was a massive commercial success. By 2017, Hathaway was one of the highest-grossing actresses of the 21st century, and as of 2023, her net worth is over $80 million.
We’re sure that number will keep increasing, as the New York-born actress is showing no signs of slowing down in her career. Quite the opposite, really, as she keeps expanding her range. We can’t wait to see what this talented beauty does next.
Praising Talent Above Everything Else
Like many other actresses of her generation, Hathaway has spoken publicly about how ruthless and unfair Hollywood’s beauty standards can be. She’s talked about how an actress’s career is at risk whenever she goes over a size 6, which is already pretty skinny. But a size 6 in Hollywood is considered “fat.”
Hathaway further says that it has always been her hope that, as an actress, her talent and skills be praised well above her physical looks. The actress has said that she is no longer worried about putting on a few extra pounds, and no other actress should be either.
The Perfect Inspiration
In order to get into the character of Fantine for “Les Misérables,” Hathaway had to prepare herself for the mental toll it would take. After all, Fantine is a poor woman trying to make ends meet to feed her children; she discovers she suffers from tuberculosis, making her story painfully tragic and hopeless. The actress has said that she had to draw inspiration from the actresses she admires the most, watching them play their most iconic roles repeatedly.
These muses were Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, and Meryl Streep – arguably three of the best actresses in Hollywood. Hathaway said she always asked herself how they would prepare for that role, and clearly, it worked like a charm.
She Was a Strict Vegetarian
For most of her life, Hathaway was a strict vegetarian, even becoming a vegan for several years. The reasons behind this were her adamant beliefs against animal cruelty and a general philosophy of having a cleaner, healthier diet. In 2014, however, she stopped and slowly transitioned to fish and, some years later, to meat and chicken.
The reason was that she started to feel weak and not able to train properly for her film roles. She still tries to eat in a clean, healthy manner and even shifted to a raw vegan diet while playing Rebekah Neumann in the Apple TV drama miniseries “WeCrashed.”
A Difficult Acceptance Speech
When Hathaway won her first Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for playing Fantine in “Les Misérables,” it was clear she was unbelievably nervous walking up the stage. She put on a big smile and gave her acceptance speech in a way that many criticized as robotic and fake. But in reality, Hathaway had not yet recovered from the grueling mental toll the role took on her.
Also, the actress confessed to the fact that as happy as she was to get the award, she wasn’t thrilled as she walked upstage. Hathaway felt wrong that she was standing there in a gown that cost more than what some people were going to see in their lifetime and that winning an award for portraying pain still felt like a part of a collective experience as human beings.