For her role as Lureen Newsome Twist in “Brokeback Mountain,” a wealthy Texan rodeo rider who ends up marrying Jack Twist (played by Jake Gyllenhaal), Hathaway had to learn some neat tricks. One of them was barrel racing, which is a rodeo event in which a horse and its rider race in a cloverleaf pattern around barrels set around an arena.
She spent months learning how to do this, and, in the end, she didn’t even get to show off her new skills since the production company decided they would use a stunt double instead. Apparently, it was way too risky for her to do it herself.
Hathaway grew up watching movies and reading books, and so she’s had many people she’s admired over the years. Growing up, the actress recounts that she had a thing for historical and literary figures she read about in books. As the years passed and acting became her true passion, she started to look up to other actresses who seemed magical when she watched them in the cinema.
One of these actresses was none other than the legendary Judy Garland, the original Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” and the star of the classic film “Meet Me in St. Louis.” Another actress whom she idolizes is Meryl Streep.
College Was Her Best Decision
When the time came to go to college, the bright and talented Hathaway was accepted into the prestigious Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She attended and majored in English while minoring in Women’s Studies. After a few semesters, she requested a transfer to New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Hathaway says these were some of her best years and definitely some of the best decisions she ever made in her entire life. Learning and being surrounded by people who were from all walks of life and were also simply trying to grow up enriched her life in such a significant way.
Only for the Special Ones
Growing up, Hathaway was given the nickname Annie, and it became what everybody called her as a child and for most of her teenage years. As an adult, however, she only lets her family and closest friends call her that. Among her close celebrity BFFs are Isla Fischer, Kristen Stewart, Jessica Chastain, Hugh Jackman, Rashida Jones, and Emily Blunt.
In fact, Hathaway was the one who introduced Blunt to her husband, John Krasinski. Those are just some of her close friends, but the actress has plenty of good buddies in the film industry and is reportedly a very down-to-earth person who usually gets along with everybody.
She Had Backup Plans
Being the responsible woman she is, Hathaway always thought of a backup plan in case her acting career didn’t pan out. In fact, she thought of two plans. She figured that if her dream of becoming a Hollywood star didn’t pan out, she would focus on becoming a teacher, specifically an English teacher since she’s always loved reading and literature.
If the teacher thing didn’t work, she would study psychology and do her best to become a prominent therapist. These are not small ambitions, and they definitely were excellent backup plans. Fortunately for her, the first choice couldn’t have turned out any better.