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People in Film | Anne Hathaway
Posted May 04, 2011 to photo album "People in Film | Anne Hathaway"
From teen princess to Emma Morley, Anne Hathaway is a talent that commands our attention.
Anne Hathaway | From Princess to Movie Star
After winning America’s heart, Hathaway started taking on roles that proved she could evoke a range of other emotions. In 2005’s Brokeback Mountain, she played Lureen Newsome, a rodeo princess who eventually realizes she’ll never fully capture the heart of her prince (played by Jake Gyllenhaal). It was the part that broke her tiara but raised her horizons. She later told NPR’s Terry Gross, "I am an actor who believes film is the director's medium. And I got along so well with [director] Ang Lee [on Brokeback Mountain] because I showed up and said, 'What color do you need me to be today in your painting?' I was so happy to serve him and his story and his vision." In 2006 The Devil Wears Prada, Hathaway plays the unlikely assistant to a ruthless fashion editor (played by Meryl Streep). In a way, real life imitated art during the production as Hathaway let herself be guided by her larger-than-life costar. “Working with her [Streep], like working with Ang Lee,” Hathaway explained to Cole Smithey, “I realized that if I was going to be able to play on that level I was going to have to let go of all of my insecurity and all of my ego about what I could deliver and feel like I was in new uncharted territory. All of my old rules didn’t apply because I was working with someone that was better than everyone else I’d ever worked with—not to be dismissive of them, but I think Ang and Meryl are pretty special.” Her schooling paid off as Hathaway expanded her range from romantic artist, as the young Austen in Becoming Jane, to slapstick spy, as the elegantly funny Agent 99 in Get Smart. While many still viewed her as a Disney princess, Hathaway defied expectations, using those assumptions to her own ends. In his review of Rachel Getting Married, Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman’s points out, “the last actress you'd expect to see cast as a self-loathing, frayed-nerves drug casualty is a red-carpet blossom like Hathaway.” And as such her performance as Gleiberman continues is “a revelation: She makes toxic narcissism mesmerizing.” Others agreed, as Hathaway was nominated for a Golden Globe, Spirit and Academy Award for her performance.