Apart from being an exceptionally talented actress, Hathaway is also a very determined young woman. When she went to audition for the role of Andy Sachs, Miranda Priestley’s shy personal assistant in “The Devil Wears Prada,” Hathaway was determined to get the part.
After the audition, she went to speak to the executive president at Fox Studios, Carla Hacken. After the meeting ended, Hathaway noticed Hacken had a sand garden on her desktop, and she traced an eager message on it before she left the room: “Hire Me!” Clearly, her persistence got her the role, so kudos to our beloved Anne.
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.
A Big Football Fan
Apart from acting, Hathaway has another big passion – football. The actress is a die-hard fan of the sport, with her favorite teams being the San Diego Chargers and the New York Giants. Especially after watching the epic 2013 American Super Bowl, Hathaway became more interested in the sport.
In fact, her “Interstellar” co-stars Matt Damon and Matthew McConaughey remember her asking all sorts of football-related questions on set. They took it upon themselves to teach her every last detail about the sport, explaining the moves, the teams, the history, etc. She was thrilled, and they were shocked at the level of interest she showed!
Always Showing Gratitude
Ever since “The Princess Diaries” was released in the United States on August 3rd, 2001, Hathaway has made a point to publicly thank the studios, crew, cast, and everyone who was involved with the movie every year on that date. Every August 3rd, Hathaway pays her respects to late director Gary Marshall and expresses infinite gratitude for being cast in the film.
The actress has said in TV and magazine interviews, “I remember that day and give thanks to the universe, a big open-hearted thank you because that was the day that dreams came true for me. There are a lot of aspects to my life that are very real, but also a lot that are very fairy tale. That was the day that my fairy tale started.”
Everything Has a Downside
As often happens with actors who got their start in family and teen movies, Hathaway also struggled to break free from the “naïve teenage girl” role. Of course, the actress is infinitely grateful for the fact she got to play Mia Thermopolis in “The Princess Diaries,” being that it was the role that launched her career.
However, Hathaway has also said that the role also helped typecast her in a way that became limiting for her future projects. She explained that she got into the business to push limits and go beyond her comfort zone. She carried on and explained that ‘The Princess Diaries’ had often created a brick wall at times in her career.