Anne Hathaway remembers the days when she was still dreaming a dream of being a star – and the scrutiny placed on her body as she made her way to the A-list.
“The Devil Wears Prada” actress opened up in a cover story for Allure about how she was told to stay skinny for one of her early roles when she was 16.
“At 16 years old, it was ‘Congratulations, you have the part,’ ” Hathaway, 36, said in the article published Tuesday. ” ‘I’m not saying you need to lose weight. I’m just saying don’t gain weight.’ Which of course means you need to lose weight.”
For her part in the upcoming film “The Last Thing He Wanted,” Hathaway said director Dee Rees requested the opposite of her: She wanted her to gain 20 pounds for her role, something Hathaway happily agreed to, according to Allure.
She continued: “So I had that, then 20 years later I have Ane Crabtree (costume designer for “The Last Thing He Wanted”) asking me what my body does on my moon – which I realized meant my period – so she can make adjustments for me. It was just this beautiful thing.”
Though Hollywood is changing, Hathaway said, skinny is still the norm.
“I am cautious in my praise of how Hollywood is shifting,” she said. “There is so much more body inclusivity – which is great! – but the thin thing is definitely still the centralized ‘normal’ expectation.”
Hathaway said support is needed from audiences as well as those in Hollywood if changes for women in the industry are going to continue.
“It’s more nuanced, and it’s more interesting,” she said. “It’s allowed for more interesting characters and stories. Now the big question is are audiences appreciating it? If it’s not supported, it won’t continue. It will go back to the way it was, and people will say, ‘Okay, that didn’t work.’ ”
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