Anne Hathaway Opens Up About Body Image Stress, Shame, and Not Wanting to Be Made Fun Of
It's true that we spend an awful lot of time immediately judging people — especialy famous people. We pick apart their clothes, words, expressions, etc.
Anne Hathaway isn't exactly a tabloid staple, but she's on the cover of Glamour's Self-Expression Issue and, in the interview, she admitted she'd be a "much more eccentric" person if people weren't watching and she knew she wouldn't be made fun of.
She said, after making Rachel Getting Married, she realized her life was not authentic and she had to make a change. "Then I found out that my trust had been betrayed quite massively," she said, probably referencing her Italian ex-boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, who went to jail for fraud, money laundering and conspiracy. "So for me, that call came at the end of 2007," Anne continued. "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?'”
She said it's a daily obsession that she thought she would've grown out of by now. "It’s an ongoing source of shame for me. [...] 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."
Anne seems borderline perfect — always saying and doing the correct thing — but maybe that's part of her people-pleaser facade. Just wear the silly hat, girl! Who cares what anyone says!