Most celebrities have encountered some sort of online nastiness, but Anne Hathaway experienced something on a whole other level after she won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for “Les Miserables”, which led numerous social media users to inexplicably turn on her an unleash a torrent of Internet hate.
Looking back on it now, the actress says it’s something she’s asked about constantly, and isn’t particularly eager to discuss.
However, in an interview with Jezebel to discuss her latest film, “Colossal”, she opens up about that experience.
“It comes up in every interview I do, just about,” she says. “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.”
At the time, Hathaway says, she had to stop looking at certain websites because she’d find herself surprised to read such negativity about her. “How the world feels about me has nothing to do with me,” she says. “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.”
A firm believer in keeping her private life out of the spotlight, Hathaway broke her self-imposed privacy when she posted a photo of her son on Instagram last month, an adorable pic of 11-month-old son Jonathan watching his mom deliver her speech to the UN on International Women’s Day.
“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,” she admits. “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.”