[Photo Credit: Michelangelo Di Battista]
This is Anne Hathaway’s first summer off in five years. The 32-year-old star is ready to step away from non-stop work and the constant critique of haters... to just embrace herself.
“For a very long time I felt I was being hunted,” Anne told InStyle magazine, “and it made me very unhappy. But in the past few years I’ve been working on changing the script inside my head. Life’s too short to be anyone but yourself. Let the chips fall where they may.”
Anne admits to going through a difficult time, but she’s ready to move forward.
“There was a stretch of my life when I wasn’t comfortable being myself. I didn’t think I was good enough. So I pretended to be someone I wasn’t. To be a person in the spotlight, I pretended to be someone who could be in the spotlight. I’m so over that now. I just try to be my best self all the time, with some notable late-night lapses.”
Hathaway says she found healing and support from women in the industry surrounding her. “You and I both know there is a certain type of media that trades on desperation and will paint someone with that filter if it will make them money, whether the story is true or not…. That [New York Times story, titled “Do We Really Hate Anne Hathaway?”] was written by a man. Among the women I’ve worked with and met in my industry, I feel supported.
In her upcoming film, “The Intern,” she plays the CEO of a successful company, and she revealed how she got into character.
“I felt strongly that my character should cry at work. I cry all the time. Granted, I’m an actress, so I kind of get a pass, but what’s the big deal if you cry and then get yourself together and move on?”
InStyle hits newsstands August 14.