Anne Hathaway: ‘I Was Told To Diet For Roles At 16’

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August 13, 2019 | 11:10am EST

Anne Hathaway is delighted Hollywood is a better place for women than when she was told to diet for roles aged just 16.
The Les Miserables star, 36, got her first big break in her mid-teens when she was cast in U.S. high school series Get Real before making her movie debut while still a teen in The Princess Diaries.
Speaking about what it was like for young women then, she tells Allure magazine: “At 16 years old, it was ‘Congratulations, you have the part. I’m not saying you need to lose weight. I’m just saying don’t gain weight.’ Which of course means you need to lose weight.”
However, Anne says things have changed so much that when working on her latest movie, The Last Thing He Wanted, she made costume adjustments to make her more comfortable during her periods.
“So I had that, then 20 years later I have Ane Crabtree (costume designer for the film) asking me what my body does on my moon – which I realized meant my period – so she can make adjustments for me. It was just this beautiful thing,” she explains.
The star, who is now pregnant with her second child, says there’s still a way to go until the film industry fully embraces women’s natural bodies though, adding: “I am cautious in my praise of how Hollywood is shifting. There is so much more body inclusivity – which is great! – but the thin thing is definitely still the centralised ‘normal’ expectation.”
Like a number of high profile stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, and Alicia Vikander, Anne has moved into production – but says the recent moves towards gender equality in Hollywood will only continue if audiences support it.
“It’s allowed for more interesting characters and stories,” she says of women’s increased role behind the camera. “Now the big question is are audiences appreciating it? If it’s not supported, it won’t continue. It will go back to the way it was, and people will say, ‘Okay, that didn’t work.'”
The full interview with Anne is published in Allure’s September (19) issue.

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