Anne Hathaway, perpetual Hollywood ‘theater kid’, has come a long way since her 2013 Oscar win, which she won for Les Miserables.
While she is and has always been one of the most sought after Hollywood actors of all time, at the time she won the Oscar she was one of the most hated actors of all time.
But if you are wondering what did she do to deserve that tag, well the answer is: absolutely nothing. She was just an unwitting victim to pervasive misogyny and vehement sexism prevalent in our culture.
Breaking onto the scene
Hathaway’s breakthrough role was Garry Marshall’s 2001 hit ‘The Princess Diaries’ and this phase continued to 2005 she featured in multiple children oriented movies that made her a ‘children’s role model’.
Her perpetual vivacity during this phase made her immensely likeable to both kids and parents, critics and audiences alike.
This phase in her career made her an instant media success and made her into a household name. The general consensus was: This pretty girl can act too!
Maturing into Hollywood
Starring with Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal in Ang Lee’s 2005 success ‘Brokeback Mountain’, she began her transition into the shoes of a more serious actor.
Her holding her own in 2006’s cult classic ‘The Devil Wear Prada’ opposite Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt made her more endearing to both the audiences and the critics.
When she gave another critically acclaimed performance in 2008’s ‘Rachel Getting Married’, for which she won an Oscar for Best Female Actor, there was no looking back for her.
Her immense success catapulted her on every magazine cover and almost every television commercial. And this is where the audience hatred for her began. Because she was everywhere.
Everybody loves to hate a success
Hathaway’s public relations nightmare began in 2011 after her performance as the host of the Oscars was widely panned and earned her the nickname ‘theater kid’. And in case you were wondering, that is not a nice thing.
‘Theater Kid’ simply meant that Hathaway was no longer secure in her own skin and wanted validation everywhere she went. In short, everyone felt that she was ‘trying too hard’.
The situation reached a head that when she won an Oscar in 2013 for her performance in Les Miserables and nobody in the audience outside the theater cheered for her.
Even her ‘It came true’ statement, which she made after her name was announced as the winner, is claimed to be totally fake and has come back to bite her later.
The term ‘Hathahaters’ was coined by people who wanted to show their collective dislike for Anne Hathaway.
This term gained a lot of traction from 2011 to 2015 which in a way forced the actor to take a break from huge commercial films barring Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and 2015’s ‘The Intern’.
She instead chose to wait for her time to come and it did. Not because of something she did. Because the audience became more ‘woke’.
Audience realised overnight that they were bolstering inherent sexism by choosing to hate on Anne Hathaway. Some say that her absence from mainstream commercial films made people believe that their sexism drove away from their screens.
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