The actress struts her stuff opposite Meryl Streep
Anne Hathaway is on a roll working with the greats. She follows-up Brokeback Mountain with a starring role opposite Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada. Anne plays Andy Sachs, a hapless assistant to the "devil" incarnate as a boss. Anne does a great job in the film, although it's hard to accept that her character is supposed to be plain. She's gorgeous in the film and in reality. Anne continues to flex her acting muscles in her next film, the English period romance "Becoming Jane".
Have you drunk the designer Kool Aid and become a so-called "Clacker". You're looking very chic today?
Anne Hathaway: I do have "Clacker" shoes on, but I have to give them back. I'm a faux "Clacker" but I will say that I have always loved high heels.
What about the rest of your very fashionable ensemble? Is the outfit also on loan?
Anne Hathaway: No, I actually wore this on the cover of Teen Vogue. The designer was pleased with the way the photo shoot turned out, so she sent me the dress.
Do you think you'll make the cover of adult Vogue now that you've made this movie?
Anne Hathaway: (laughs) I'm not the person to ask unfortunately.
So what's your take on fashion? Are you into it or do you think it's all a bit pretentious?
Anne Hathaway: I think fashion is a lot of fun. I love clothes. More than fashion or brand labels, I love design. I love the thought that people put into clothes. I love when clothes make cultural statements and I think personal style is really cool. I also freely recognize that fashion should be a hobby.
The film constantly says that "6 is the new 14". Do you worry at all about reinforcing negative stereotypes about their bodies to young girls?
Anne Hathaway: It's a mixed bag. Sadly enough, we are not making fun of the idea. But you find it in Hollywood too where actresses say they can't go above a size 6. I think everybody is operating in this huge bubble of fear. I don't think the world will come crashing down on you if you're a size 8.
So are you really a "size 6"?
Anne Hathaway: (laughs) I don't know actually. It depends on where you shop. If you take me to Banana Republic I'll be pretty tiny. If you take me to Stella McCartney I'll be a bit bigger. I try not to freak out about it. I know it's not the right thing to say, but I'm really happy with my body. There are things that I would change, but I'm 23 and everything is in the right place. I'll be grateful for it until everything drops.
This is a PG-13 movie and six of your movies have been rated G or PG...
Anne Hathaway: C'mon that's got to be an exaggeration. Surely Havoc should bring the average up!
True, but you have a following of young girls. Do you worry about turning that audience away or are you really trying go for more adult roles with this film and Brokeback Mountain?
Anne Hathaway: Little kids shouldn't see those films until they're not little kids anymore. That's not my responsibility. That's their parent's responsibility. If young kids choose to have me as a role model...what I put out there is that it's not a perfect life and it's okay to make mistakes. I'm not attempting to be a role model but I accept that roles I've played put me in that position. I don't feel a huge responsibility as an actress to put my young fan base first. I was really happy to do a film like Hoodwinked. There's nothing wrong with making little kids happy, but there's nothing wrong with wanting to be an adult actress (pause, then laughs). I mean a grown-up actress. That sounded really bad.
What does your character, Andy, learn in this film? The film constantly refers to how lucky a girl like her is to be in that position?
Anne Hathaway: She's becoming a person that has regrets. Everyone makes sacrifices for their job; the movie's not saying that you don't have to work hard. The movie is saying that if you're going to work hard, then make it worth it, believe in what you're doing. There's nothing wrong with the fashion industry. What's wrong is changing yourself for something you don't really care about just to get somewhere faster. Everyone has limits and Andy discovers what hers are.
Meryl Streep has said that you were so extraordinarily beautiful...
Anne Hathaway: What! She is one to talk. I have never been called too pretty for anything. That would be a problem I could get used to.
What was it like working with actors like Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci?
Anne Hathaway: 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. 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.
Were you nervous to play opposite Meryl?
Anne Hathaway: Oh yeah, I would still be nervous if I had to do it again. Knowing her as I do know, as a person, she's absolutely delightful. I couldn't say enough nice things about her. She's really extraordinary and not to become too gushy, but as a woman, she has absolutely done everything I want to and everything I hope to accomplish. She has done it better than anyone. I respect her so much as a person, but as an actress, it is taking a cold bath of terror every day. She is the best of the best.
You're playing Jane Austen in the upcoming film "Becoming Jane". Can you tell us about that project?
Anne Hathaway: Julian Jarrold, the director of Kinky Boots, who's very talented, is directing. I'm playing Jane Austen in her early life and about her first love. It also stars James McAvoy, who's got future legend stamped all over him. I'll be the first to go on record; he's probably the most talented young actor alive.
How's your English accent?
Anne Hathaway: You're going to have to see the film. I don't know. The cast kept assuring me it was good, but they probably just wanted to go home early.
The Devil Wears Prada is in theaters this Friday and is rated 'PG-13' for some sensuality.