Anne Hathaway has returned to the spotlight with a series of high-profile roles (and some seriously impressive bombshell style along the way). First, there was her appearance in WeCrashed, the Apple TV+ series charting the rise and fall of WeWork; more recently, she took to the Cannes red carpet to promote her upcoming period drama Armaggedon Time, in which she stars opposite Oscar Isaac and Jeremy Strong, and she’s been spotted on the set of the psychological thriller Mothers’ Instinct with Jessica Chastain. In honor of the actor’s ongoing career renaissance.
Here, find five things you probably didn’t know about Anne Hathaway
In addition to her acting ambitions, Hathaway had dreams of becoming a nun when she was a child.
“When I was younger, I thought about becoming a nun for a while,” she once said. “You know how it is when you’re growing up and you’re going to be a lot of different things, but I actually wanted to be an actress before I wanted to be a nun.
Her big break came about after falling off a chair during an audition.
Hathaway first rose to global stardom after she won the role of Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries—but unlike other classic success stories, Hathaway earned the role with just a single audition. The story goes like this: She was traveling to New Zealand to star in an independent film called The Other Side of Heaven and had a 26-hour stopover in Los Angeles, where she auditioned for a little movie called The Princess of Tribeca (the original name of The Princess Diaries).
She still feels gratitude for her breakout role.
Every year since the 2001 release of The Princess Diaries, Hathaway has said, she reflects and gives thanks on the film’s anniversary: “I remember [the day] and I give thanks to the universe, a big open-hearted thank you, because that was the day that dreams came true for me.
Her career has plenty of “what might have been“ moments.
While Hathaway has starred in many popular films of the past decade, she actually turned down a starring role in Judd Apatow’s comedy Knocked Up. Why? Because she was reportedly uncomfortable with the film’s explicit birthing scene.
She’s not afraid to take cues from her mother when it comes to her big roles.
Like mother, like daughter: Hathaway’s mother, Kate, a stage actress herself, played the part of Fantine during the first U.S. traveling tour of Les Miserables—the same one that earned Hathaway an Oscar in 2013.