Anne Hathaway is making her way back into the spotlight as she promotes her film Colossal!
Following her spread in Elle, the actress sat down with Jezebel for an interview, a lot of which ended up being about all the hate and criticism she received about four years ago.
Because yes, it still gets brought up!
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Speaking about the old hateful headlines, Anne remarked:
"I would just be reading about something totally unrelated to me and [see] a headline about me and how much your site dislikes me or whoever was writing it dislikes me would come up. That would catch me off-guard. Now, it's not that I've gotten a rhino skin to it, but I sort of see all of that for what it is… I think it's weird that it continues to be talked about a little bit. I understand in the context of this movie, why it should be brought up. But it comes up in every interview I do, just about. I am… not eager, but I am ready for the conversation to move to a place beyond it. I don't have to contextualize all of my stories, all of my experiences through that time. I'm ready for it to be implied, not overtly stated."
We can't blame her for being over the cruel, cruel narrative!
The momma of one also described how she's grown from the experience:
"How the world feels about me has nothing to do with me. How other people treat me has nothing to do with me, but if anything that anybody said resonated with me as something I'd like to work on for myself, I took it in like that. And to that extent, I feel like I got to shortcut a lot of my growth. To that extent, even though I wouldn't have chosen to go through it, I still found a way to be grateful to it."
We wonder if all that wisdom and objectivity comes from taking something of a social media hiatus.
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While she's been posting a bit more regularly, the Oscar-winner admitted:
"It's funny because with this movie, I've been asked to up my social media… thing. I've been shooting a lot of dumb videos all day. Just silly little things, they don't really say anything. I'm going to post them on Instagram stories, but I'm not going to post them to my Instagram. I'm happy to post them on Instagram Stories, because I feel like I can be a little freer and a little looser, but the Instagram stuff… it's going to stick around for as long as anybody cares to look for what is there."
One example? The first picture she posted of her son Jonathan to IG earlier in March:
"I might be inviting some criticism by mentioning this, but when have I ever not invited criticism? [Laughs] When has any public figure ever not? But I had never posted a photo of my son, and I decided to post a shot of the back of his head, and almost as soon as I'd done it, I wished that I hadn't. I felt like I had broken some kind of a seal in inviting people into my life. And even though I felt as though I had done it in as protective a way as I could, even though it was a moment I was incredibly proud of, I don't know that I'll ever do it again."
"I'm a big believer that you gotta mess things up sometimes to really see them properly, so if I made a mistake or I messed up, I know how I feel about it much better now. Instagram, when I first started, it was so much fun. And it was a great way to be silly and kind of do things off the cuff. And now, because of the time we live in, I think words and pictures are carrying a much greater weight. Or, much less depending on how you engage with it."
This age of social media combined with Donald Trump's presidency probably adds even more weight. Sigh.
According to Annie though, she's been thinking a lot about how she's using her voice to speak up, explaining:
"It's made me become very careful about when I want to use my voice and what I want to use it for. So I've been doing a lot of listening."
If you're listening to this, Anne — we LOVE you!
[Image via Apega/WENN.]
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