• Sat, Nov 10 2012

Real Talk: I Don’t Much Care For Anne Hathaway

Saturday Night Live is all new tonight, with host Anne Hathaway returning, and musical guest Rihanna. It’s set up to be a very popular show, as they’ve both been on before and done well. I really shouldn’t say anything at all, but the celebrities have been oddly quiet today amidst the devastating fallout of the Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber breakup and the Petraeus scandal. So I guess this is as good a time as any to admit something terrible: I don’t much care for her. I know that’s heresy in a world infatuated with all things Anne Hathaway. We let her host our Oscars, and be the best thing in The Dark Knight Rises, and get a pixie cut. Things that normal celebrities aren’t allowed to do, but that we throw at Anne Hathaway like so much confetti. She’s America’s Sweetheart, for god sakes, you don’t have to tell me that what I’m saying is blasphemy.

I’m sorry, I can’t explain it. I’m the odd one out, I know, but there’s something about her that rubs me the wrong way. I really like her movies, and even her performances in them. I loved The Devil Wears Prada, and I found her actually Oscar-worthy in Rachel Getting Married. Oh and let’s not pretend like I didn’t watch The Princess Diaries 85,000 times growing up. But when I see Anne Hathaway out in the world, I’m not into it. She’s like…too good. She’s too nice, too attractive, in too good of shape, too humble, too talented. With all those things, I should be obsessed with her. But instead I’m just not. I’m oddly disconnected.

I watch her beautiful face do its talented acting and go — my my, what a large beautiful mouth. I don’t like it. Look at those dark beautiful eyes. I don’t like them. Listen to her skinny beautiful words. I don’t like them. Shut up. Shut up, Anne Hathaway. I honestly don’t know what it is. Maybe I’m jealous, but I don’t feel jealousy. I watch her in outtakes, and I feel like she’s not a real person. She’s always putting on accents and flittering around apologizing for mistakes that she didn’t make, and I just don’t get it. I don’t find her perfection charming. I find it annoying.

Especially with Les Miserables coming out, everybody’s hopping aboard her train even more than usual. But, like, I see those trailers, and all I think is, “Oh good, we’re letting her sing now. I bet she’ll be real fucking good at it, too.” And she is. Just like when we let her be Judy Garland. Like, look how bitter I am! I honestly don’t get it.

And after all that, you’d think I’d cut my losses and just stop watching her in stuff. Like, not turn on my TV tonight to watch SNL. But you know what? I’m going to. Because I’m determined to find out what it is about her that has me so skeeved. I won’t like it, but I will watch it.

Stay tuned.

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  • luxx

    i think the problem with she is rather phony, but i dont think she is this way out of a bad or malignant place. i think its because shes insecure and feels she must be accepted, and vies for that acceptance; the odd dualism, ‘but i’m not sure why,’ ‘she certainly seems great,’ is because of the fact, at her core, she truly is all those affable, genuine qualities, and they shine enough to be noted. yet at the same time, her painful insecurity, the fact that she’s never truly ‘felt’ that golden hollywood image everyone has revered her as– or she feels she had to strive so hard to achieve and now must strive so hard to maintain (it’s likely the latter, or at least has evolved into the latter since les miserables), or both — dominates, manifesting into people-pleasing behaviors (excessive apologizing, as if it constantly make up for mistakes and discontent, smiling and behaving according to how she think she should)…. the difference between her and jennifer lawrence is jennifer embraces her ‘flaws’ and insecurities and accepts them as she accepts her ‘good’ qualities; she is open about both and let both shine equally, thus never vain of insecure… on that perfect line of knowing herself and not hiding it, letting it shine, be it her beauty or her self-deprecation over impulsive remarks. anne’s problem is she does not fully accept her ‘good’ qualities; she’s aware of them in a way, because she must be because she’s always hearing them, but hasn’t connected with them fully in acceptance to let them shine naturally. she accepts her insecurities, though, fully, to the extent to which she is highly aware of them… thus her consciousness throughout the day, and actions, is always tied to these insecurities, and they always cloud the truth of her being, to herself and to those who are particularly sensitive and perceptive of others (such as yourself, alexis).

    i mean i say this all in speculation, despite having stated it as fact; i don’t ‘know’ her more than you do so i could be wrong. she really could just be totally full of herself and walks around blowing hot air up everyone’s rectum. but if i had to give a theory, that’d be mine, because i’ve had similar feelings to yours

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      I completely agree! Well said!

  • luxx

    also for all of those who commented this article just to whine about its existence– you dolt, you didn’t have to read it, let alone comment. there’s a million motherfreaking blogposts on the internet about peoples opinions. i bet when you agree with their opinions, you dont whine. so stop having selective attention. even if you dont like it youre not going to stop it from happening. even if this blog post never existed its still going to happen. so put on your big boy pants and exercise your free will; if a blogpost isnt your thing, no need to read it and condemn it. why dont you go watch a couple TV shows you dont like, then spend your time complaining about them? what a fruitful life you have!

    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Hear, hear!

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