Image: Anne Hathaway winning Best Supporting Actress, Oscars 2013
In the Amy Schumer movie Trainwreck, she jokes that Bill Hader's character is carrying around his award “like Anne Hathaway at the Oscars.” It was an especially punchy line and welcomed laughs from the audience, calling back to Hathaway’s 2013 win for her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables. Hathaway seemed ecstatic, was seen holding her Oscar throughout the evening. While Hathaway took Schumer's joke in stride, she has only recently admitted that her behavior was merely a shell. In a recent Guardian interview, Hathaway said that she was “uncomfortable.” The oscar winning actress certainly had us fooled, but it’s not hard to understand why playing Fantine left her feeling melancholy.
“I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet. Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness,” she told the Guardian. “It’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy. I didn’t feel that way.”
Hathaway took on method acting for her role as Fantine, a young french mother who becomes a prostitute to support her daughter. Hathaway lost 25 pounds and shaved her head for the role. Shortly after filming Les Mis, Hathaway told Vogue Magazine,“'I was in such a state of deprivation - physical and emotional. When I got home, I couldn't react to the chaos of the world without being overwhelmed. It took me weeks till I felt like myself again.”
It wasn’t long after playing Fantine that Hathaway received her Oscar. Surrounded by wealth and prestige, Hathaway was overwhelmed after living in the mind of Fantine for so long. “I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings,” she said. Hathaway certainly isn’t wrong-- in the United States alone, 70% of poverty stricken people are women and children, and 35 percent of single women with children live and raise their families in poverty. While Fantine's story is a tragic one, it is not terribly unrealistic, and that is devastating. Hathaway’s reaction is completely understandable, and perhaps that's one of the reasons why she supports Oxfam and Feeding America. As Anne continues to slay, we’d like to ask the h8rs to kindly take a step to the left. THX!