Anne Hathaway: “Lindsay Lohan and I have more in common than people think”

Anne Hathaway has good people surrounding her, doesn’t she? She gets really good advice, and I think Anne is helped by the fact that she’s smarter than the average actress/starlet. There have only been a few times in her career where I thought, “Ugh, I’m over her.” But Anne understands that this thing is a marathon, not a sprint. She’s worked on all of us gradually, building an awesome portfolio of career achievements and establishing a great deal of goodwill. And she’s not even 30 years old yet – she turns 30 in November. She’s going to have a long career, methinks.

Anyway, one of the smartest things Anne does is actually convince us that she doesn’t need us. She goes away when she doesn’t have anything to promote. She’s not in our face constantly. She works. She promotes her work. Beyond that, she has her own life. So it’s kind of bizarre to me that Annie has a new interview, in the completely downmarket UK tabloid, The Sun. She doesn’t have anything to promote until the summer, when The Dark Knight Rises comes out. Why, Anne? What’s going on here? The whole piece is written in that odd first-person way, like you’re reading a personal essay from Anne too – and it’s all about how awesome her mom is. Here are some highlights:

“MY mother, Kate McCauley, taught me to be always understanding of other people — and to have a sense of humour about yourself. You need to hold on to that sense of humour. I have been in so many embarrassing situations over the years.

I remember going to the School Of Rock premiere and wore a dress I didn’t realise was see-through. I wasn’t wearing a bra. It was horrible. I cried my eyes out when I saw the pictures. Unfortunately, because of the internet those pictures have never gone away.

There was another time, on my first press interviews after Princess Diaries, that I had no idea what to wear. I ran out to Banana Republic and bought a bright turquoise blue top. But, unfortunately, because I was in a hot room, I had massive sweat stains. And I was wearing pink leather trousers. After the hair and make-up was complete, I managed to look like a 40-year-old hooker. It was a disaster. But if you don’t look back and have a laugh at things like that, you really are taking yourself and life too seriously.

Mom will also never discuss or criticise my performances, which is exactly the way it should be. There are plenty of others who can do that. She was a stage actress who never got a break. I learned from that, too, because there is so much luck involved in acting success. Instead, she became a great homemaker for myself, my two brothers and Dad. Thanks to Mom, I never sit in judgment.

Lindsay Lohan and I have more in common than people think. We’ve all done things we shouldn’t. It is just that I did stuff at college when nobody knew about it, so I’m not a saint. I wasted time doing self-destructive things. I found out you can only dance on so many table tops. I got all that out of my system and I am healthy and grounded.

Mom has also encouraged me not to be one of those people who worry about weight. I know when people refer to me as a “regular” girl, that it is a code word for “fat” in Hollywood. It is completely understandable, as a teenager, to fret about your body. It is scary, because you don’t know how it is going to end up. But I am not a teenager any more and my body has chosen its shape. I would rather be strong than skinny for most roles. I’ve actually had directors say to me: “You are the best actress for the role but you’ve put on weight recently.” If they can’t understand that I put on 5lb now and again, I don’t want to deal with them.

I try to keep my personal life low-key, particularly after what happened to me. As I say, I do need to keep a sense of humour! But, of course, I have often got things out of perspective. I started going to auditions when I was just 15, trying to get hired as an actress, and being rejected. When I was 16, I remember sobbing in the kitchen and my mom said: “What’s the matter?” I said: “Tara Lipinski won a gold medal at 15 (for figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics). I am now 16. What do I have to show for it?”

My mom looked at Dad and then said to me: “Maybe you are taking things a little bit too seriously?”"

[From The Sun]

It’s a cute piece. But she really doesn’t have anything in common with Lindsay Lohan. I understand that she’s trying to nice and she’s trying to take herself off of the princess-y pedestal, but let’s be real: The Cracken WISHES she had one-tenth of the scripts Hathaway rejects. The Cracken wishes she had one-tenth of the credibility and respect Hathaway has from Hollywood. The moral of the story: just because you experiment with drugs and alcohol when you’re 19 years old, that doesn’t make you Lindsay Lohan.

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  1. iloveretro says:

    Why is she trying so hard to convince us she’s a bad girl? Is this some weird tie-in to her role in the new Batman movie? I’m thinking it’s something else, since she’s done this “drop the fact I wasn’t a saint in college” schtick before.

    • Esmom says:

      My thoughts exactly. Someone in the biz must have told her she was a goody-two-shoes and she’s determined to dispel that. Smart, if she doesn’t want to be typecast. Not sure if it will work, though, her image is pretty solid.

  2. neelyo says:

    She’s just trying to up her bad girl cred to convince people she can play Catwoman. Still don’t buy it.

    • Tapioca says:

      My first thought exactly!

      Although some of the quotes sound very familiar, so it may just be a rehashed piece. I don’t mind her – hating AH is like hating celery or beige or tofu – but not even Christopher Nolan’s stamp of approval will convince me that she’s the right actress for Catwoman.

      The Tom Hardy-ness of The Dark Knight Rises has already convinced me to see the movie regardless…

    • Eleonor says:

      Co-sign. She has this good-girl image and she is trying to be more “dark” because everyone (me too) think she is a very bad choice for Catwoman.

    • Rhiley says:

      I agree. I love her in some roles and absolutely hate her in others. Loved her in Broke Back Mountain. Felt embarassed for her in Love and Other Drugs. I hate when she tries to act a like a bad ass sex pot when I think she is probably a pretty bookish preppy who may occasionally smoke a little weed. Just a little, like a toke or two every 3 or 4 months.

  3. Anna says:

    I met her once and she is stunningly georgeous in person and really friendly. I can never hate Anne Hataway.

  4. Swann1719 says:

    The Sun’s management is under scrutiny in the UK. I wonder if Murdoch called in some sort of favor to get this interview?

    • Monkey Jim says:

      Doubt it, she’s not that big a deal here in UK. Am assuming she is just starting her ‘bad girl’ campaign pre Batman

  5. brin says:

    She should never compare herself to crackie….ever!

  6. Amy says:

    She seems like a joyful person who has her head on straight. I loved her monologue on SNL after the Italian bf was convicted of high-end hustling. She poked fun at herself in a way that made it clear that she’d come out of the relationship sadder-but-wiser but not embittered. I have a long list of “Celebrities Not Welcome in my Home.” AH is not on it.

  7. Yee says:

    I cannot stand her saying she’s confident with her weight! Shut up Anne! I really like her, but this is ridiculous! She obviously lost much weight. If you are like any other starlet in Hollywood, that looses weight like that, fine, but don’t talk like you wouldn’t care.

    • Bria says:

      Totally. She’s definitely not a “normal” size.

      And, yes, this means that I’m fat.

    • Lilly says:

      ummm, i’m pretty sure she lost the weight when she was training to be catwoman, because usually she looks like a normal healthy girl.

      • Bria says:

        Hollywood normal and our normal are two different things. She may be healthy, but she is definitely thin. And any actor who says that they’re not concerned with their appearance is full of shit. I’m not hating, because I enjoy her, but it’s true.

  8. Bite me says:

    Well she did date a guy who committed a white collar crime.. Ain’t that something to add to her bad girl image… Nah

  9. bea says:

    She has a lot of commendable qualities – her style of dress, the way she presents herself, etc., but I’ve never found her to be a very good actress and something about her really irritates me.

    This “I’m like LL” is super irritating – mostly bc LL is not just a “bad girl” she has a full blown addiction problem and isn’t just experimenting with being “bad”.

    Way too goody two-shoes for me.

    • Original Chloe says:

      Yeah, I’m confused to by the LL reference too, and the whole article itself. I also agree that unless Anne had insane, toxic parents and was a full addict at university the comparison is probably overblown. (Btw. has LL already become proverbial, as in “xy a Lohan kind of mess”?)

      The article itself is probably a fake, though.

      • OriginalTiffany says:

        OK-I agree with how she presents herself, but when she acts sexeh, I cringe. That scene in Bride Wars where she and KH have their stripper dance off? Cringe inducing. Don’t see her pulling off Catwoman, I don’t see her as sexy, smoldering or dangerous.
        I wonder how much she knew about her fiancé being involved in the stealing of money and creating a fake life? I wonder about that because he was so sketchy and she stayed a long time.
        I loved TDWP, but I loved Meryl and Emily in it the most. I don’t see her as sexy, just an actress who knows how to act, dress and keep herself in decent roles. I haven’t really loved her in anything she’s done. I’ve seen her in a ton of films, but couldn’t name more than Devil or Alice off the top of my head.
        Oh, and the Hollywood thinks I’m fat thing? Give me a break, she’s been tiny for a long time. If that’s fat, I just give up.

  10. Marjalane says:

    She seems like a decent person; I just don’t know why I don’t like watching her in movies! The only thing I ever liked her in was “Prada” and I’m sure thats because I liked everyone else in that movie so much!

  11. Maritza says:

    If she were to cut her hair in a bob she would look like a young Angelica Houston.

  12. mia girl says:

    This seems like a compilation of past quotes put together to form a narrative. I guess they needed high profile stuff to launch that new Sunday Sun. I don’t think this is a new interview.

  13. Cathy says:

    Never been interested in her movies. But comparing yourself to the cracken is definately wrong. No, No, No.

  14. Leah says:

    I had to look up the School of Rock pics. I don’t understand why someone with her cups decided to go out without a bra and let them hang that low…

    I don’t think this is new. Something for mothers day coming up…a compilation of quotes. Maybe it is new though but I dont see why/how.

  15. Me says:

    Just because she has a good girl image in the media doesnt mean she is a good girl or hasnt had some Cracken ways to her in the past. Its not like you know her just because you read about her on blogs you know!

  16. normades says:

    NY Daily News Blind Item 2008:

    Which supposedly squeaky-clean starlet was a big fan of some pretty hardcore drugs back in college? Her favorite tagline is, “Wow, the drugs in Hollywood are so much better than what we used to get.” Of course, all the evidence of her hard partying has been erased. Once she hit the big time a couple of years back, her publicist made the rounds of her pals and bought up all the photo evidence of her former fun.

    And this also from 2008: http://blindgossip.com/?p=3152

    If these blinds are Anne, maybe she is doing dammage control because something could surface again? Is her ex out of prison?

    I think Anne probably still dabbles a bit here and there but in no way is she a Lohan. Most importantly because her mom sounds great and NOTHING like Dina. Just having Dina as a mom would mess anyone up imo.

  17. Lisa says:

    She seems to have been raised by reasonable adults with good parenting skills…unlike Lohan. I do think it makes a WORLD of difference. I am no Lohan fan, but she got stuck with not one, but two assholes for parents.

  18. cmc says:

    Uh…she went to college?

    • normades says:

      Vassar, I believe, and good for her.

      I wish the young starlets who opt not to go to school or drop out would note that 2 of the most sucessful actresses under 30 (Hathaway and Portman) got their degrees and came back.

      • moonriver says:

        I know I wish they would too and place education where it should be in our society: in a place of importance in which we strive for that is accessible to everyone. I hope that dakota fanning goes and graduates. What is wrong with people? bruce jenner basically admitted the girls won’t go to college; look at jersey shore, they’re not exactly smart. I feel like our celebrities represent us in a way as people, since we idolize them, but the way things seem to be going is we’d rather be pretty or famous at all costs as opposed to educated and perhaps interesting. I’m not saying only people who have attended college are interesting, but it certainly broadens the mind and gives us more to talk about! Look to the post of bic, goopy already said she’ll be a star! Heaven forbid she goes to college–how peasanty. She’d end up as a chimney sweep if she went to university. No, uneducated and famous is where she belongs. Even babies aren’t exempt, we automatically push dreams of stardom on them. It makes me so sad :|
        *ends rant on importance of education*

  19. ladybert62 says:

    I really dont like this person – her face is just TOOO MUCH of everything – too much mouth – too much eyebrows. I do not think she is pretty.

    Having said that, it is ridiculous to say she has things in common with lindsay lohan – please. Maybe she doesnt even know who lindsay lohan is! ^_^

    Being the cynical person that I am, I believe that this statement is just an attempt to get publicity.

    • Isa says:

      I have always felt that way. Sometimes I don’t think she looks that bad. But most of the time I think all her features are too much together.

  20. ramona says:

    I don’t get Anne Hathaway, and I dislike her in every role she’s ever played. I’m already dreading her Catwoman.

  21. Relli says:

    I see where you all are coming from about her putting up a front to come off as bad girl. BUT………

    I think she makes a really good point and something have ALL said for years about Crackie’s partying. There is a time and a place for all the partying and for most of us it was College. Even I cannot believe some of the crap i did then, not just party wise but the emotional crap and self destructive actions. To me it seems like a different person lived all that and when i tell my husband stories and he looks at me and says “WHAT, WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT.” 99% of the time my answer is, “it was college, it doesn’t really count or matter.”

    But for the Cracken, there was no college or even high school for that matter. Its not hard to understand why she still see herself as the fresh faced Disney starlet (long term study victim see: Kim Richards). There have been very few milestones in her life where she has been able to say that was then but this is my future. (I am of course not referring to ALL her interviews in which she states so)While i don’t feel bad for LL anymore, i do feel like many child stars she missed out on some big moments in her adolescents that would have given her the coping skills to get through life.

  22. Rachel says:

    I kind of felt like the point she was trying to make was that she could’ve easily gone the other way without the support of her family. Maybe I’m reading more into it than I should, but it seems to me, she was crediting her mom for keeping her head in the right place, whereas LL’s mom basically sold her daughter to support herself.

  23. Tweakspotter says:

    The first thing I thought of was the early rumors of her being a lesbian so that’s what thought she was referring too.

    • MoMo says:

      Me too. I thought “she is trying to say she’s bi or lesbian without stating it explicitly.” Or these are quotes from old interviews that someone has tried to rework into a mediocre essay.

  24. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I love her. I don’t understand the hate. I think she is beautiful. Her face is not perfect but she is really beautiful to look at, but then you all know I like people who someone would call ugly, like Gisele or Blake.

    I think she is a very good actress. Not on Cate or Meryl’s level but better than most in her age bracket.

    But what’s up with all these rumours that she is totally gay and only getting married for the image. Somebody drop tapes!

  25. lucy2 says:

    I like her, I think she seems like a nice person, and she’s a talented actress. I hated Rachel Getting Married with a fiery passion, but she was excellent in it.
    The bad girl in college stuff might be to project a certain image right now, but oh well. I think for the most part she’s handled her career beautifully, including stepping away between projects and for college.

  26. Meanchick says:

    “Lindsay Lohan and I;” 4 words that should never be uttered.

  27. cutlery says:

    ‘The Cracken’ hahaha best nickname ever!!

    • OriginalTiffany says:

      I take it you haven’t seen the Scrreeeee!!!! I am the Cracken rising out of the ocean iconic post?
      Some of the best pics of all time! Screee!

  28. Sammi says:

    Lindsay Lohan has been acting up for about 6 years now. She’s my age and therefore she should have been done with shenanigans around 22-23…which is the time period most young women sober up and get on with their professional life. Then again, its hollywood…where the typical “college years” behavior lasts through your 40s.

  29. HoustonGrl says:

    First off, she lost a TON of weight for Catwoman, so she really shouldn’t pat herself on the back for staying true to her “normal” body.

    Secondly, she’s basically saying she tried a little cocaine in college…doesn’t make you a bad ass! And it doesn’t make you like broken-home-crackie-dad-is-in-jail-mom-is-totally-nuts Lohan.

  30. Ramie says:

    she bores the living shit out of me.

  31. HannahF says:

    I think this may well be a compilation of quotes. I don’t know about the rest but the Lindsay Lohan quote is old. A few years ago Dina’s spin on LL was that LL was just doing what all (college) kids her age do and that her behavior was no big deal. This comment was made around the same time.

  32. texbrook says:

    OMG. This b!tch is such a poser. Please. She was a drama nerd (nothing wrong with it, but just own it) and was not ever a bad girl. She’s a terrible actress to boot, IMO.

  33. Ferdis says:

    In common? Both are boringness of boringness

  34. skeptical says:

    are we sure this is really penned by Anne? I mean… consider the source.

  35. Kim says:

    She seems grounded which I attribute somewhat to her parents. Unfortunately Lindsay has terrible parents who enable her because they are addicts & famewhores themselves. Goes to show how much young Hollywood stars need stability and good family/friends around them who wont enable them.

  36. Jayna says:

    This isn’t anything new. When it is brought up to her she has handled her fame well unlike other younger actresses she has said she had the luxury of doing really dumb things without the glare of the paps when she was younger.

    She is one of my favorite actresses on screen.

  37. Lady_Luck says:

    Anne Hathaway cast as catwoman? One of the most ridiculous hollywood decisions ever. The woman has zero sex appeal. I’ve seen more sex appeal on a broomstick.

    Her alluding to being somewhat ‘bad’ is an attempt for us to somehow concoct images of her being a sexy nymph in time for batman. Doesn’t work, will never work. Will never enjoy this overrated woman’s work.

  38. Tiffany says:

    I don’t think Anne finished Vassar. She took a permanent break.