Anne Hathaway, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013, should have been a major career highlight, but instead her acceptance speech prompted backlash. Prior to her Oscar-winning work on Les Misérables, Hathaway received a lot of hate online, labeled “Hathahate.” This included a viral article titled “Why Does Everyone Hate Anne Hathaway?” which was released in 2013 and featured a bunch of nasty quotes from journalists and casual fans. “She always seems like she’s performing, and her favorite thing about it is that over-the-top humility and grace,” wrote writer Richard Lawson for the play.
A few years later, after distancing herself somewhat from the situation, Hathaway recalled not being in the right headspace when she received the coveted Oscar. “I kind of lost my mind making this film and it hadn’t come back yet,” she told The Guardian in 2016, referring to her portrayal of an impoverished sex worker in Les Misérables. Speaking of the online negativity, Hathaway said, “I was trying to pretend I was happy and it was brought to my attention, big time.”
Over the years, the post-Oscar-winning episodes have been the subject of many interviews with the Interstellar star. “I really don’t want to dig up the past, but … the internet turned me on and hated me,” Hathaway told The Sun in 2021. Luckily, she was able to find a silver lining from the tumultuous period.
How online hate changed Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway used the backlash following her 2013 Oscar win as an opportunity to battle her inner demons. Speaking at ELLE’s Women in Hollywood event on Oct. 17, the ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ actress reflected on the online criticism she’d received and linked it to the self-loathing she already had in very at a young age. “When that happened, I realized I didn’t want anything to do with that energy line,” she said of the “Hathahate” era. In fact, the pain from the cruel comments helped Hathaway practice self-care, which in turn affected her approach to roles. “I wouldn’t create art from this place anymore,” she said of renouncing hate. “I wouldn’t give him any more space, live in fear of it, or speak his language for any reason. To nobody. Me included,” added the Ocean’s 8 star.
This wasn’t the first time Hathaway has spoken openly about how she’s dealt with the widespread online backlash. In 2017, she spoke about how confronting hate enabled her to have issues that she wanted to work on. “As such, even though I wouldn’t have chosen to go through it, I still found a way to be thankful for it,” Hathaway told Jezebel.
Initially, however, the actress admitted she had a hard time processing the negativity as she was still too close to her troubled Les Misérables character. “I still identified with being a victim,” she told Harper’s Bazaar in 2014.