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Anne Hathaway Spoke Out About Gaining Weight for a Movie Role to Combat ‘Pregnancy Rumors’

Anne Hathaway at 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 23, 2018 in New York City.
Anne Hathaway at ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’ at the Ed Sullivan Theater on May 23, 2018 in New York City. James Devaney/GC Images

Anne Hathaway knew there would be comments. So when the actress began gaining weight for an upcoming movie role in April, she preemptively shared a message on Instagram explaining why her shape was changing

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“I didn’t feel feel like dealing with the pregnancy rumors,” Hathaway, 35, told Glamour’s June/July issue. (She and her husband, Adam Shulman, are parents of son, Jonathan, 2.)

 “I find it bizarre that there’s a storm to get ahead of,” she continued. “But I have a history of being shamed and humiliated, for a lot of different reasons.”

Hathaway experienced social media fallout following her 2013 Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Les Miserables. Some believed she seemed disingenuous when she exclaimed “It came true!” during her speech. “It’s like they took all the things that people find annoying and put them in one person,” wrote one individual on Twitter at the time. Added another: “Anne Hathaway reminds me of that kid in school that all the other kids didn’t really like but all the teacher loves.”

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Hathaway reflected on that period in her life in a March Instagram post that showed her at the 2013 Academy Awards. She captioned the photo: I had to change my dress last minute and so it looked like my nipples were hard, I had full blown laryngitis and had to sing, and a bunch of corny haters were getting lots of attentions from the media for being haters but you know what? It was still the best.”

Hathaway’s The Hustle costar Rebel Wilson wishes people knew the real “Annie.”

“Sometimes she’ll come out with a really good joke, and I’m like, ‘You should tweet that or put that on Instagram, Annie!’ And she’s like, ‘I can’t,’” Wilson, 38, revealed to Glamour. “One Friday I said, ‘I can taste the weekend,’ and she was like, ‘Oh, and how does he taste?’ She comes up with stuff like that all the time. I guess a lot of people don’t know that side of her.” 

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While speaking with Glamour, the Oceans 8 star also got candid about how she used to deal with her anger. “I have a history with rage,” she admitted. “I used to do this thing where I was like, ‘I’m nice 29 days out of 39, and then I give myself complete permission to be a bitch to anyone, about anything.’” But one day, she had an important epiphany. “I realized that if I could actually move away from the judgement and deal with my emotions in that moment, I didn’t actually need the extra day. Rage doesn’t lead you to a place of peace. And for me the goal is not happiness. The goal is peace.” 

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