Anne Hathaway isn’t afraid to get in touch with her emotions.
Covering the September 2015 issue of InStyle magazine, the actress opens up about the infamous “Hathahaters,” an anonymous group who tends to harp on every move she makes, and the thick skin she’s had to develop as a result of the backlash.
“For a very long time I felt I was being hunted, and it made me very unhappy. But in the past few years I’ve been working on changing the script inside my head,” the 32-year-old tells the publication. “Life’s too short to be anyone but yourself. Let the chips fall where they may.”
She adds, “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.”
For Hathaway, the hate she’s gotten has only helped her look inward and be true to herself — even if it means not being able to please everyone.
“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,” she says “To be a person in the spotlight, I pretended to be someone who could be in the spotlight.”
“I’m so over that now,” she continues. “I just try to be my best self all the time, with some notable late-night lapses.”
In the same article, Hathaway admits to she finds parallels in herself and her character in her upcoming movie, The Intern, in which she plays a friendless CEO who hires a senior (played by Robert DeNiro) to be her new intern.
“I felt strongly that my character should cry at work. I cry all the time,” Hathaway confesses. “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?”
Hey, at least she won an Oscar for crying at work.