Anne Hathaway in Harper’s Bazaar 2011
First up about the clothes – I love the clothes, and the styling is beautiful. And you’ll note too when you go through the images online that they price them out for you, kinda like a reminder that you can’t afford it. Even the black embroidered Miu Miu is over 4 grand. And Hailee Steinfeld these days is selling the brand. She’s 14. I guess that’s what 14 year old girls spend on clothes these days. The white sweater she’s wearing in this shot attached by the phone booth? Over a thousand.
Still, Anne Hathaway looks lovely. And elegant and fresh and sophisticated but not too much.
Have you read the article? The article is typical Anne. Anne is exactly what you saw at the Oscars. Over enthusiastic, some would consider it cloyingly so, and super aw-shucksy, rather introspective, and, ugh, at the end of it a little Jennifer Aniston chicken-soupy. It was a fleeting moment of irritation for me though. After all, it’s not like we didn’t know this about her and how she is. And she seems to have some self awareness about it too, especially in reference to James Franco’s dickhead comments about her post-Oscars on Letterman when he basically said he only seemed stoned and disinterested because she was so freakishly hyperactive by comparison. F-ck you asshole. She was compensating for your SUCK.
When asked about Franco’s disparaging remarks, Anne was predictably diplomatic. You could even call it classy. Actually kind of impressive. She didn’t deny that it was an insult. She didn’t pretend that he was misinterpreted. But she also didn’t engage in any ugliness about it either:
"How did I take it? I let James know that a whirling dervish is a more flattering comparison than a Tasmanian devil. I called him, and we e-mailed a bit. In the grand scheme of things, I got to have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I met great people, wore beautiful clothes. And I got to put on a show. I don't see a downside. Anyone who disliked my personality probably disliked my personality before the Oscars."
I do worry about Anne though when it comes to relationships. She alludes to the fact that when she was with that crook Raffaello Follieri she was the ultimate “people pleaser” and that she lost herself in being with him.
"There's something very addictive about people pleasing. It's a thought pattern and a habit that feels really, really good until it becomes desperate. It's one of the reasons that relationship ended. I wasn't able to grow or foster anything. I think a lot of girls have that story. It's a big moment when you step away from that and say, 'I'm going to be exactly who I am. And I'm going to be brave enough to only be with someone who wants me the way I am.'"
By comparison, with her current boyfriend Adam Shulman things are a lot less dramatic:
"So far, it's worked out great," she says matter-of-factly, observing that she used to get caught up in the intensity of a romance. "Which has its wonderful side, of course," she adds with a half shrug, "but also it was exhausting, and sometimes it would freak me out. Mellow doesn't always make for a good story, but it makes for a good life."
It’s telling, non? To go from someone who compulsively pleased people to an existence where she has had to learn, to teach herself, what not to give away? Love for Anne can’t be chill. Anne prefers her love all-consuming, devastating, maybe even destructive. This is why I’m concerned. Because ultimately she’s going to go looking for that. And the consequences for her...they will be terrible. Don’t argue with me yet. Wait for it first. Give this a year, maybe even less, and we just might find out some things.
To read more about Anne in Harper’s Bazaar and to see the photos click here. It’s a fluff piece but it’s also unintentionally insightful.