In more than one occasion, Hathaway has been outspoken about the environment and how we all need to do our part to not contribute to the demise of the planet. One of the ways the actress does this is by being fashion-conscious, meaning she doesn’t buy new items that promote the sweatshop industry and the ever-increasing number of objects that end up in landfills.
She always wears second-hand clothing, except when she goes to awards, and has custom-made high-couture outfits, of course. In one interview with Robin Roberts on ABC News, she was wearing a second-hand dress she bought at a flea market for $15.
An Eye-Opening Experience
Back in 2006, Hathaway was in a relationship with Italian real estate developer Raffaelo Follieri, who also had an organization that provided vaccines for third-world children. On one of his trips, he invited Hathaway to come along to the poor village of San Marcos in Nicaragua.
His organization was providing 1,000 vaccines against Hepatitis A to the children of San Marcos since they had to be immunized due to the place’s poor sanitation and hygiene. Hathaway said the trip was eye-opening, saying it was heart-wrenching to see what people had to go through in other parts of the world. She helped with the vaccinations and told Follieri she wanted to join him on any upcoming trips of the sort.
Her First Ad
Even though Hathaway made her acting debut on the TV series “Get Real,” she’d already appeared in front of a camera two years before. Actually, her first encounter with a TV camera was in 1997, when she appeared in a television commercial for “Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate.” A 15-year-old Anne went to Maplewood, New Jersey, to shoot the commercial, and according to her mother, who went with her, she was a natural in front of the camera.
In the commercial, we see a doe-eyed Hathaway sad because her boyfriend is moving houses. As the boyfriend tries to console her, telling her that selling a house takes time, we see a “Better Homes” real estate sign being put on the lawn, and Hathaway cries and runs away because “no one sells houses faster than Better Homes Real Estate!"
The Youngest Person to Host the Oscars
In 2011, 28-year-old Anne Hathaway became the youngest person to ever host the Oscars. She and actor James Franco were invited to host the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony, in which “The King’s Speech” won the Oscar for “Best Picture.”
Unfortunately, the two stars didn’t seem to have much chemistry on stage, and the event was criticized by many as being a dud. But that still doesn’t change the fact that she holds the record for the youngest talent to make it on the prestigious Academy Awards stage at the legendary Hollywood Dolby Theater. Hathaway would return to that same stage two years later to receive her first Oscar for “Les Misérables.”
Judd Apatow’s 2007 comedy “Knocked Up” was a massive success in every way; critics and audiences loved it, and it made $220 million at the box office with a budget of $25 million. After the film was released, news came out that Hathaway was actually meant to play the role of Alison instead of Katherine Heigl. Apatow wanted Hathaway, and the actress had all but agreed, but right before filming started, she dropped out.
Apparently, when Hathaway read the script, she strongly disagreed with Apatow’s plans of using actual footage of a woman giving birth for a scene in the movie. She thought it was tasteless to show actual footage of such an intimate moment for a comedy film.