Okay, I rarely buy magazines… but I may need to pick up this issue. Remember when we had our amazing “slut” conversation a while back, after an actress called herself a slut and publicly advocated for… more slut-dom? We were debating about whether or not you can reclaim the word slut and other words like it, and I brought up Eve Ensler‘s Vagina Monologues (the book of my youth). Well, you can imagine my shock, awe, and delight when I went to grab these photos of Anne Hathaway in the January 2013 issue of Glamour magazine, and saw that she’d been interviewed by the one and only Eve Ensler for the cover story. Ummmm… whhhaaaat?! Click inside for more! The interview– y’all– is amazing. I’m loving every bit of what they’re talking about and I am honestly saddened by the fact that all the headlines about this article are focusing on the ONE thing she said about her weight! Seriously– a great read, very little of which has to do with Anne‘s weight !
Anne Hathaway For Glamour
A day after Superstorm Sandy tore through the northeastern United States, Anne Hathaway and I sat down to talk in Glamour’s offices high above Times Square. I’ve known Anne for years, as a friend and an actor in my plays. As New York struggled to right itself, we talked about all the exciting things happening in Anne’s life. She looked adorable with her pixie haircut (left over from her role as Fantine in the new film version of Les Misérables) and radiated love-happiness—she’d married actor-jewelry designer Adam Shulman a few months before. And I thought, Anne epitomizes all things rising: She’s fierce and vulnerable, unusually beautiful, and someone you feel you’ve always known. She’s constantly asking questions but knows her mind. And I’m thrilled that she’s representing One Billion Rising, a world action culminating on February 14. We’re inviting one billion people—representing the number of women on the planet who’ve been raped or beaten—to walk out of their jobs, schools, and homes and dance. We want to shake the globe (literally!) and announce that it’s time to end violence against women and girls. I hope you’ll join Anne and me and dance, wherever you are.
Eve Ensler: You were evacuated during Sandy. Can you talk about what this storm means to you?
Anne Hathaway: Eight million people across the nation are without power; dozens of people in the New York area have lost their lives. We can’t be in denial [about climate change] anymore. And I’m just making sure that everyone I love is OK, and trying to offer help wherever I can.
Eve Ensler: Tell me about One Billion Rising.
Anne Hathaway: It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that a billion women have been raped or beaten, just the enormity of that. When I was in college, I’d heard that one in four women would be raped, and I thought, God, that means I must know someone who was raped. Sure enough, I found out a week later that a friend had been. A billion is too big because one is too big.
Eve Ensler: It seems to me that celebrities are kind of the new ruling class—they have all the money, all the power. What’s that like?
Anne Hathaway: You realize certain things. At this stage in my life—and this moment will not last forever—me walking my dog is news. And because I take very seriously the idea that I can make an impact in the world, I hold back my voice so I can make more of an impact when I do use it. A cause like One Billion Rising is something I want to scream about, and I want you to take that scream seriously because I don’t fall out of nightclubs. I don’t have photographers capture me spending untold amounts on a handbag. Of course, in the court of celebrity, if you try to be serious, you may look like a fool. In One Billion Rising you have activists and thinkers and “celebrities.” But I’m an actress. The celebrity thing just happened…
Eve Ensler: This is Glamour’s Self-Expression Issue. When did you feel like you began to express yourself in a way that was authentic to you?
Anne Hathaway: I had that moment after I finished making Rachel Getting Married. I realized that the life I’d been living [was not authentic] and that I had to make a change. Then I found out that my trust had been betrayed quite massively. So for me, that call came at the end of 2007. Who was I going to be? There’s no magic bullet; there’s no pill that you take that makes everything great and makes you happy all the time. I’m letting go of those expectations, and that’s opening me up to moments of transcendent bliss. But I still feel the stress over “Am I thin enough? Am I too thin? Is my body the right shape?”
Eve Ensler: And is that an everyday obsession?
Anne Hathaway: If I’m honest, yes. There’s an obsessive quality to it that I thought I would’ve grown out of by now. It’s an ongoing source of shame for me.
Eve Ensler: Because you should somehow be different than the rest of the human race?
Anne Hathaway: I just think about the ridicule you get if you have an off day. If people weren’t watching, I’d be so much more eccentric. I know it makes me sound weak, but rather than make myself happy and wear the silly hat and say, “Oh, I don’t care,” I actually really don’t feel like getting made fun of. So I put on something boring and navy and go out and try to disappear.
Eve Ensler: And liberation would be getting to a point where you just didn’t give a sh-t?
Anne Hathaway: That would be the technical definition of liberation, yes.
Eve Ensler: I want to talk about work. You played so many good girls—inThe Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada. Then came the troubled lead in Rachel Getting Married. Was that a departure for you?
Anne Hathaway: I never thought of it in terms of a dichotomy—good girl versus bad girl—I was just trying to think of myself as a whole person. Of course, after Princess Diaries, I was labeled a good girl, and for the first eight years of my career I had to fight to get any other kind of role. But I like fighting for a job, actually. Once you get it, you feel like you’ve emerged victorious from the scrap and you’re like, “OK, this one’s mine. Did it. Done.” And it’s not based on how many Twitter followers I have: zero. My acting got me this role. So it feels pure to me.
Eve Ensler: Let’s talk about married life. How is it?
Anne Hathaway: It’s wonderful. I feel like I’ve found my other half, and I’m so excited about getting to love him for the rest of our lives.
Eve Ensler: You used to be critical of marriage. What changed?
Anne Hathaway: Him. I would never have gotten married if it weren’t for him. You have to want to be married to someone. You have to feel that reciprocated. Marriage for marriage’s sake doesn’t make any sense to me, and I found someone with whom I could put my money where my mouth is, I guess.
Eve Ensler: What is it about him?
Anne Hathaway: He’s a good man. He’s beyond intelligent. He loves fearlessly. His beliefs are beautiful. He’s my best friend. I love him. I just feel that I have the greatest husband in the world for me. You know, we get a lot of pressure to define ourselves as women by how wild we are: How many guys did you sleep with? How drunk did you get? And we all bow to that. We’ve all done that walk of shame at one point or another.
Eve Ensler: I wouldn’t call it shame. I had a good time.
Anne Hathaway: Well, I was always kind of proud of myself! But there’s not a lot of positive information out there about marriage. It’s the old ball and chain, the seven-year itch, the divorce rate. Still, my parents have been married for 30 years; his parents have been married for 40 years. Mine had great moments and some really sh-tty moments. But they couldn’t have been married to anyone else, and they make each other better.
Eve Ensler: And you gave the money for your wedding pictures to support gay marriage. Why?
Anne Hathaway: I really didn’t want the paparazzi at my wedding, and I thought that I’d outfoxed them. The plan was to release a photo to my fans on Instagram. But when some paparazzi got aerial shots and I realized that they could make money off them, I wanted to prevent that, to make the money go somewhere else. So I released four photos, and every time they’re printed, in perpetuity, the money goes to a corresponding charity.
Read the rest of the interview here.
I dunno what it is about this girl, but now that she’s lit’rally be interviewed by one of my childhood heroes, I’m officially in lurve with Anne Hathaway (I know, I kinda already was)! I have to look into this One Billion Rising event. It’s been a while since I participated in something like this but it sounds like something I could get with. Eve Ensler used to put on something called V-Day on Valentine’s Day every year, and the focus was also geared towards bringing awareness about violence against women. I’m so pleased to see Anne participating in something like this and repping it on the cover of Glamour magazine.
What did you guys think of the interview? Anne‘s views on marriage (I get it)? Wait, I love, love, loved the part where she was like I actually don’t feel like getting made fun of. LMAO! I KNOW right?! What an honest statement, seriously.