Anne Hathaway has been all over the press recently. Is it to celebrate her work in movies such as Les Miserables, The Devil Wears Prada, The Princess Diaries, and Brokeback Mountain? Is it because she’s one of only eleven actresses to ever win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Critics Choice Award for a single role? Is it because she is a skilled soprano, and has appeared on several magazine Most Beautiful, Most Desirable, and Most Sexy lists? The answer to all these questions is no. Instead, many people are tweeting, commenting, and blogging about how “annoyed” they feel by her, and how much they “hate her.”

With all the dark themes in the media these days from ebola to the U.S. and others dropping bombs in the Middle East, for some reason it’s Anne Hathaway that’s stirring up strong emotions. And just what has Anne done to trigger all this aversion? Her haters often describe that she seems like an ambitious theater kid who basically only pretends to be sincere and gracious. Frequently cited is that she seemed inauthentic and rude when she accepted awards at the 2013 Golden Globes. Anne recently admitted to Harper’s Bazaar she came off as “weirdly presentational” when accepting the Best Supporting Actress trophy. “I couldn’t tie this moment to what I really wanted to say and that’s on me because Lupita did it,” Anne said, alluding to N’yongo’s acceptance speech for her 12 Years a Slave performance. Anne then admits she made one of her “most regretted life moments” when she neglected to thank her manager of fifteen years who also happens to be battling cancer. As a result, later in the evening when the Les Miserables cast and crew were being awarded, she got to the mic first to give a belated thanks to her manager. “I should have gone after everyone else. I own that; it was rude,” she says in retrospect.

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Additionally, at the 2013 Academy Awards, the internet went abuzz with Hathahaters when she walked the red carpet wearing a pale pink satin Prada gown with the fabric creating a pointed-nipple look. She originally planned on wearing a different gown, but when she learned of her costar Amanda Seyfried dressing in something similar, Anne opted to go with the pink gown last minute. “I was like, ‘Wow! I can do this. It’s beautiful. It’s appropriate. It’s modern. It’s minimal.’ I look in the mirror, turn to [my husband] Adam, and say, ‘It looks like my nipples are hard.’ He says, ‘You look beautiful. Your nipples look pointy. The red carpet’s about to close. We gotta go.'” Many internet users found both the dress and Anne’s acceptance speech worthy of strong annoyance and vitriol. They insisted the speech sounded rehearsed. 

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Meanwhile, Anne was unaware of this phenomenon until one night when she was googling for a Funny or Die video, and she happened across an article titled “Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?” She describes her reaction as feeling “punched in the gut.” “Shocked and slapped and embarrassed. Even now I can feel the shame… I was in crisis. Now I’d be fine. I really would be. I’d let it roll off my back, but at the time I was still partly [my Les Miserables character] Fantine. I was still identifying with being a victim,” she now says.

Hathaway is involved with charities including The Creative Coalition,  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, The Human Rights Campaign; she is an honoree of the women’s empowerment organization, The Step Up Women’s Network, and is an advisor for the Lollipop Theater Network which screen movies in hospitals for the terminally ill. Also, her IMDb page says she suffered from depression when she was a teenager.

Do you think she deserves all the negative internet chatter?

Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion as well as the freedom to express those points of view. But actors should be aware of just how opinionated the public can be–as they always have been, to be sure–but in the past, actors had to endure whatever the critics had to say regarding their work. Now with the internet, actors also need to weather the public’s opinion of their personalities and personal choices. This is not a problem for a well-loved actress like Jennifer Lawrence. But, if you have a likability issue, chances are venomous articles and blogs could feature your name in the title. This is America, the land of free speech. Just hoping you experience fair comments from the public when you get as famous as Anne Hathaway.

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