She couldn’t be a princess forever.
Anne Hathaway got candid while speaking about her early days in show business, admitting that while her breakout role in Princess Diaries was “a great first job,” she struggled to land more serious acting gigs after her time as Mia Thermopolis.
“It was hard get into rooms, to be taken seriously for roles that weren’t princesses,” Hathaway, 32, revealed to HuffPost Live on Tuesday.
But the actress didn’t let a fear of being typecast slow her down. Instead, she used it as motivation to build a versatile body of work.
“My whole M.O. in my 20s was being in as many different types of films as you can. Working with as many different types of directors as you can. I think, in part, that’s what I wanted to do as an actor,” she shared.
Now 14 years into a successful career, the Oscar-winning actress is getting praise for the very thing she set out to do: a little bit of everything.
“She’s one of the few women who can do it all,” quipped Nancy Meyers, the director of Hathaway’s latest film, The Intern. “She can do everything.”
Perhaps Hathaway’s success comes from a willingness to go the distance when researching a role, even if that means doing some grunt work: The actress admitted she became quite the pro at fetching coffee while preparing for the part of fledgling editorial assistant Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada.
“I did work at Christie’s for a couple of weeks, getting ready for The Devil Wears Prada, getting people coffee and doing whatever they needed around the office,” Hathaway told Entertainment Tonight. “It was amazing. I got to see some wonderful art and everybody was really nice. It was great.”
In The Intern (out Sept.25), Hathaway steps away from racks of coats and cups of coffee to take on the role of Jules Ostin, the founder of an online fashion company who hires and manages a senior citizen, played by Robert De Niro.
But don’t let Hathaway’s professionalism fool you – she still fan-girls over her favorite stars, just like everyone else.
While being interviewed by a reporter, Hathaway stops mid-interview as soon as she notices Carey is “two arm-lengths away” from her. As the singer moves closer, Hathaway only becomes more excited.
“It’s just the best glamorous ever. That’s not even a sentence. There’s no grammar there,” she says.
She then goes on to rave about her favorite songs by the singer – because who can resist a “We Belong Together” jam-sesh anyways?