Anne Hathaway: Hathahate changed my career in Hollywood

“If your self-inflicted pain suddenly comes back to you somehow amplified, at, say, the full volume of the internet… It’s one thing,” Hathaway said nearly 10 years after the viral movement.

Oscar winner Anne Hathaway has no time for the rest of “Hathahate” nearly 10 years after the start of the notoriously viral (and unfounded) movement.

After Hathaway won the Oscar for “Les Misérables” in 2013, her public role was questioned and critics called it “annoying”. Hathaway previously said the experience left her “shocked” and “embarrassed” and eventually led her to find a new level of self-empowerment and resilience.

“Ten years ago I had the opportunity to look at the language of hate from a new perspective,” Hathaway said recently during her acceptance speech at Elle’s 29th annual Women in Hollywood event. “For context – this was language I had used with myself since I was seven. And when your self-inflicted pain suddenly comes back to you amplified in, say, the full volume of the internet… It’s one thing.”

Hathaway continued, “When it happened to me, I realized it wasn’t. This wasn’t the place. As what happened happened, I realized that I didn’t want anything to do with this energy line on any level. I wouldn’t do any more art in this place. I wouldn’t give him any more space, live in fear of him, and for some reason wouldn’t speak his language to anyone, including myself.”

The Armageddon Time actress added: “We don’t have enough time to discuss all of the myriad causes of violent language of hate and the imperative to end it. Because there is a difference between existence and behavior. You can judge behavior. You can forgive behavior or not. But you don’t have the right to judge someone for their existence – and especially not to hate them. And if you do, you’re not where it is.”

Hathaway spoke about the ability to unlearn hate and “relearn love.”

“Hate seems to me the opposite of life; Nothing, if anything, can grow properly in such hard soil,” said the Devil Wears Prada icon. “I want to say: Rejoice for women. Period. Be particularly happy about high-performing women. It is not that hard.”

Hathaway exclusively told IndieWire that she stepped out of her “comfort zone” for James Gray’s “Armageddon Time.”

“He doesn’t let you get away with nonsense for some reason, whether you’re insecure as an actor and like, ‘Okay, I’m going to fill this moment with stuff.’ He just wants the truth from you,'” Hathaway said of Gray’s directing style. “I wanted to give him everything I had.”

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