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.”
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!
She Wouldn’t Take No for an Answer
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.
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.
Her Mother was a Big Help
By now, it is public knowledge that Kate Hathaway, Anne’s mother, is an actress herself and had quite a successful career on the stage. In fact, when she was young, she was part of a theater group that was doing a tour of “Les Misérables” across the United States, and she played Fantine!
When Anne was considering the role for herself many years later, it was her mother, Kate, who encouraged her and gave her that last boost of self-confidence that made her take on the role. Anne consulted her mother throughout the filming for character tips and advice, asking how she could better portray such a sensitive and tragic role. When the movie came out, her mother told her she was the best Fantine she’d ever seen, and clearly, the Academy agreed.