She is a self-proclaimed dessert connoisseur
Anne Hathaway is a not just a “good dessert orderer”, she’s a great one. In an interview with Stephen Colbert of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Anne recounts a dinner party anecdote to cement her status as more than just a sweet treat aficionado. As desserts were brought out to the table, a woman seated next to her gestured to a cake topped with gelato that was set in a particular sauce. She asked Anne whether she thought the sauce was caramel or apple. And only an expert would tell what Anne could — it was actually pear.
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The role of Fantine from Les Misérables runs in her blood
It’s no wonder that the Vogue Hong Kong November cover star nailed the role of Les Misérables’ Fantine — she was born to play it. When Anne was a young girl, her mother Kate McCauley Hathaway, played understudy for the same part in the musical’s original cast for their first US travelling tour. Anne has shared before that the familial connection to Fantine’s character gave her greater insight and confidence in her part for Tom Hooper’s film adaptation, which earned her an Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and SAG Award.
She loves a character with a bit of crazy
From the Grand High Witch in the 2020 film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, to a dismal 1960s housewife for the upcoming psychological thriller Mothers’ Instinct, Anne Hathaway loves a moment of theatrical mania. “I like playing delusional people,” she admits in a Vogue Hong Kong exclusive. Perhaps it’s the departure from reality or maybe it’s the unique nuance and complexity in each role. Whatever it is, Anne appears to seamlessly nail each and every “delusional” role and to do so with vulnerability and grace.
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She dubbed an anime
Who would have thought that we’d hear Anne’s voice in a Studio Ghibli film? Fans of the Japanese animation studio’s work may be well acquainted with the likes of My Neighbour Totoro or Howl’s Moving Castle, but The Cat Returns is a lesser-known tale about a teenager who gets tied up in the magical world of Cat Kingdom. For the English dub of the film, Anne lends her voice to the main protagonist Haru, a 17-year-old girl who discovers she can communicate with cats (which Anne herself is allergic to).
She was the first teenager admitted to the Barrow Group’s acting program
Citing the non-profit performing arts group as the place that truly taught her to act, Anne became the first teenager to be admitted into the Barrow Group acting program. Based in New York city, the Barrow Group is known for its prestigious training programs and alongside Anne herself, counts Arrested Development’s Tony Hale and Stranger Things’ Noah Schnapp among their notable alumni.
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