- Anne Hathaway faced backlash and hatred from many people for various reasons, including her perceived performative behavior at award shows and her co-hosting of the Oscars with James Franco, for which she received most of the blame.
- Reports of Hathaway being difficult, such as sending back food repeatedly, also contributed to the dislike towards her. Furthermore, her association with a con man ex-boyfriend resulted in unnecessary hate, despite no evidence of her knowledge of his crimes.
- The intensity of the backlash caused Hathaway to take a year-long break from the spotlight, and she expressed relief that the hate has calmed down. The hatred towards her seems unfounded when compared to the demanding behavior of other celebrities, and it affected her career opportunities. Nevertheless, Hathaway acknowledged her past behavior and aimed to change by focusing on being true to herself instead of seeking mass approval.
Easily one of the most acclaimed actors of her generation, Anne Hathaway has undeniably earned the respect of many of her peers and critics alike. On the other end of the spectrum, there have been headlines about how Hathaway is one of the least popular actors among moviegoers.
Given how many average people have expressed their disdain for her in the past, that begs an obvious question, why do so many people hate Hathaway? It also is fascinating to know that Hathaway has regrets about how she treated people at times.
Why Do People Hate Anne Hathaway?
For several years after Anne Hathaway made her way into the spotlight, she starred in one movie after another as characters that viewers could relate to. Between the Princess Diaries movies, The Devil Wear Prada, and Ella Enchanted, Hathaway portrayed regular people thrust into extreme situations.
Given the kinds of characters that were Hathaway’s bread and butter at first, she gained many fans early on. As Hathaway’s career continued on, and she began winning accolades, however, it seemed like the worm started to turn on her.
Looking back at how Hathaway became hated, it is clear that there wasn’t one factor that made many people grow to dislike her. Instead, there were several incidents where Hathaway came across as unlikable to many people for various reasons.
In 2013, Howard Stern was talking about Anne Hathaway when he was interviewing James Franco. During that discussion, Stern argued that the reason why some people hated Hathaway is that she seemed so performative when she won her own Oscar.
“Let me sum up why people hate Anne Hathaway; first all she gets a speechwriter to write her speech. She’s overly dramatic at these award shows. She’s always out of breath. She’s even acting when she’s winning an award.”
Speaking of Franco, he played a role in the tide turning against Hathaway. When Hathaway and Franco co-hosted the Oscars, it was considered disastrous, she got most of the blame for some reason, and the whole thing left a bad taste in many people’s mouths.
Another factor that has played into the Hathaway hate in the past has been reports of her being difficult like sending back food repeatedly. Then there is the fact that Hathaway’s ex-boyfriend turned out to be a con man which got her hate even though there is no reason to think she knew about his crimes at the time.
At the height of the backlash against Hathaway, she disappeared from the spotlight for a year. In case anyone thought that may have been a coincidence, Hathaway cleared that up in 2014 when she remarked that she thought the “people needed a break” from her”.
Looking back at how much many people used to badmouth Hathaway, it is a relief on some level that the backlash against her has calmed down. While it may be weird for people who’ve never met and certainly don’t know Hathaway to be relieved for her, there is a reason that makes sense.
In the Hollywood system, there are lots of stars who come across as just as performative as Hathaway once did. On top of that, if other stars who had bad performances got the hate that Hathaway got for co-hosting the Oscars, there would be almost nobody left in Hollywood.
When it comes to reports that Hathaway sent back food repeatedly, there are loads of celebrities that can be very demanding. A lot of the time when male stars get busted being demanding like that, fans just think they know what they want.
At the end of the day, it seems pretty obvious that the hatred that was directed at Hathaway seemed to be mostly unfounded. That is really too bad, especially since Hathaway told Harper’s Bazaar in 2014 that she lost roles due to the backlash against her.
“I had directors say to me, ‘I think you’re great. You’re perfect for this role, but I don’t know how audiences will accept you because of all this stuff, this baggage,'” Also in the same article, Hathaway revealed how it felt when she first discovered how some people felt about her.
“Punched in the gut. Shocked and slapped and embarrassed. Even now I can feel the shame. I was in crisis.”
Anne Hathaway Could Be Awful To People
Even though Anne Hathaway didn’t deserve the hate she used to receive, that doesn’t mean she is a perfect person. Nobody is. When Hathaway was interviewed by Glamour in 2018, she spoke about how she could be awful to people sometimes in the past.
As Hathaway explained in the interview, she would be very sweet and accommodating most of the time. However, when Hathaway let out her anger, she would unleash it on people.
“I used to do this thing where I was like, ‘I’m nice 29 days out of 30, and then I give myself complete permission to be a b***h to anyone, about anything.’ ” To Hathaway’s credit, she told Glamour that she had reflected on that behavior and she was changing.
“I realized that if I could actually move away from the judgment and deal with my emotions in the moment, I didn’t actually need the extra day. Rage doesn’t lead you to a place of peace. And for me, the goal is not happiness. The goal is peace.”
Later in the same interview, Hathaway spoke about how she was focusing on being true to herself instead of worrying about what the masses think. “I’m interested in living a very honest life. I don’t know if that makes me a boring person. I don’t really care if it does.”
Hathaway continued, “It would be easier if I was better at being misleading or sneaky. I know how all that stuff works. I’m not a naive idiot. I know if I was a little bit mean to everybody, people would be like, ‘Oh, she’s fun. I like her. Come have a drink.’ And I’m just like, ‘Can we have a drink and not try to tear each other apart?’”