Anne Hathaway has come a long way since playing the Princess of Genovia.
The actress is fresh off her Sunday Golden Globe win for best supporting
actress for her role as Fantine in "Les Miserables," and she's
considered a front-runner for an Academy Award.
Hathaway's next project might be equally prestigious. According to TheWrap,
she's set to star in a modern-day retelling of Shakespeare's "Taming of
the Shrew." The film will reportedly be produced by the company that
produced "Les Mis."
Take a look back at the 30-year-old star's evolution from princess to full-blown movie star.
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The Princess Diaries
Hathaway kicked off her career starring in the Disney film "The Princess
Diaries." She played a geeky teenager who gets a makeover when she
discovers she's a princess. Hathaway
went on to star in the film's
sequel as well as in another princess movie, "Ella Enchanted," causing
many to wonder if she'd be typecast in that role forever. But Hathaway
knew what she was doing.
"The great thing about being in a G-movie that so epitomizes girl
empowerment is that it makes anything else you do seem all subversive,"
she told New York Magazine
At Sunday's Golden Globes
thanked actress Sally Field, who
Hathaway said changed her life with her work.
"Sally, I have to thank you so much for being a vanguard against
typecasting because as the girl who started out as the Princes of
Genovia, I can't tell you how encouraging it was to know that the flying
nun grew up to be Norma Ray and grew up to be Mama Gump and grew up to
be Mary Todd Lincoln, so thank you so much," Hathaway
said to cheers and
applause from the crowd.
The actress gave the world a glimpse of her dramatic range in "Brokeback
Mountain" alongside Jake Gyllenhaal
, Heath Ledger and Michelle
played Gyllenhaal's wife, and the young star went
topless during a sex scene with him.
Hathaway received critical acclaim for her role. Rolling Stone said
"Hathaway excels at showing Lureen's journey from cutie-pie to hard
case." Moviefone said it was Hathaway
's "breakout" role.
"I'm more proud of the film than anything I have ever created," Hathaway
told iVillage UK. By the end of 'Princess Diaries 2,' I was ready to do
something completely different. I got into this not to typecast myself.
I got into it to be an actress, to scare the s**t out of myself, and
force myself into a place outside my comfort zone."
The Devil Wears Prada
In her first marquee role since the "The Princess Diaries
starred alongside Meryl Strep in "The Devil Wears Prada." But the movie
wasn't a large step up for the actress. She still played a "good girl"
in the comedy, although the role was slightly more grown-up than her
Working alongside Hollywood greats Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci was
daunting for the then 24-year-old.
"When you're working with actors of their caliber on a daily basis, it's
an absolute delight. The hard part was playing the straight girl to all
of these people," Hathaway
in 2006. "I'm not talking sexually, I'm talking comedically. They had
characters. I was playing the every-girl. That's hard to do and make it
interesting. You have to accept that's who you are and not compete."
Rachel Getting Married
Hathaway scored her first Oscar nomination and her first Golden Globe
nomination in 2009 for her starring role in "Rachel Getting Married."
Although the actress didn't win either award, she got the chance to show
how her range had grown since "Brokeback." Hathaway
played a troubled
woman just out of rehab who returns home for her sister's wedding. It
's first time playing a "bad girl," but for her, it was more
"I never thought of it in terms of a dichotomy -- good girl versus bad
girl -- I was just trying to think of myself as a whole person,"
Hathaway told Glamour
magazine last year. "Of course, after 'Princess Diaries,' I was labeled
a good girl, and for the first eight years of my career I had to fight
to get any other kind of role. But I like fighting for a job, actually.
Once you get it, you feel like you've emerged victorious from the scrap
and you're like, 'OK, this one's mine. Did it. Done.'"
Love and Other Drugs
Hathaway took a turn for the uber sexy in her role in "Love and Other
Drugs." The actress played a carefree woman who falls in love with a
Viagra salesman played by Jake Gyllenhaal
. Many fans referred to the
film as "soft porn" for its countless sex scenes.
Hathaway and Gyllenhaal had been in between the sheets together before
in "Brokeback," but the actress wasn't exactly comfortable with it in
"It's racy – very racy. I keep asking people if it is too sexy for them.
However, it is just part of the job," Hathaway
told Fox News
"That being said, it is intensely mortifying taking your clothes off in
front of other people, but it is also intensely mortifying doing a lot
of things in front of people, and I've learned how to deal with that.
Who knows if I will ever do it again. It depends on the material."
Hosting the Oscars
This role didn't get the rave reviews that Hathaway had gotten used to.
Not many people loved her hosting experience at the 2011 Academy Awards
-- the actress herself didn't even like her over-the-top personality on
stage next to her comparitively dull co-host, James Franco.
"I've never seen [the whole thing]," she told Entertainment Weekly
last year. "But I felt like I made a rookie mistake. ... Everybody was
just being very positive around me, so nobody was giving me any notes. I
watched a clip [afterward] and as soon as I saw it, I realized my
mistake. It made me really angry with myself that I didn't watch any
tapes of rehearsal before I went on, because it was such an easy fix."
The awards show did, however, receive an Emmy nomination for Outstanding
Special Class Programs.
One highlight from the night was when Hathaway
showed her singing chops
with a rendition of "On My Own" from "Les Miserables." But she used her
own lyrics: "On my own/ 'Cause someone's a huge jacka**/ I won't say
who/ Thought Australians were our allies/ It turns out Down Under's kind
of shady/ Not you, Nicole, or not any other Aussie but just one/ Who
shall not be named."
The Dark Knight Rises
Hathaway brought out her inner, well honed bad girl as Catwoman in "The
Dark Knight Rises," and the critics couldn't get enough. Vanity Fair
said Hathaway was the "best Catwoman ever." The Washington Post said,
"Hathaway is the sensational secret weapon of this production, a tart,
leggy operator who can turn on a dime from damsel-in-distress to canny
To fit into Catwoman's skintight suit, Hathaway had to drop some serious
pounds. She exercised five days a week followed by stunt training and
an hour and a half of dance.
"I've always thought that skinny was the goal, but with this job I also
have to be strong," she told Harper's Bazaar.
Hathaway proved she had pipes when she hosted the Oscars in 2011, but
her singing took center stage for the role of factory worker Fantine in
"Les Misérables." The actress sang live instead of lip-synching over a
prerecorded track,which landed her a second Oscar nomination. She's
already taken home this year's Golden Globe award for the role, so
there's a good chance she could snatch up the Academy Award too.
Critics raved about the actress's singing ability in the movie even
though Hathaway herself referred to her performance of "I Dreamed a
Dream" as "Eh."
"Her 'I Dreamed a Dream' is just jaw-dropping. It is so raw and
heartfelt," Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director behind the "King's
Speech," gushed to USA Today.
Hathaway told the Los Angeles Times
that after playing Fantine, she feels liberated for the first time in
"I just feel that now I'm being viewed very differently," she said.
"I'd think [after other roles] — 'Oh, this is the moment' — I'm playing a
recovering drug addict. But there was always a kind of push back, like,
'Oh, she's not that sexy.' People were trying to put me in the good
girl category or the bad girl category, and this is the first time I've
ever been seen as a whole."
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