Anne Hathaway: ‘People Needed A Break From Me After The Oscars’

What’s the first way to get Anne Hathaway to eat a slice of humble pie? It seems like experiencing the day after the 2011 Oscar-hosting ceremonies did the trick for the Academy Award winner. Going back to the night, she and co-host James Franco were widely criticized for their hosting duties. While Franco blamed his bland hosting abilities on the lack of material he was given, Hathaway said her overly energetic performance was due to her theater background as she was playing to the house.

Other than her performance strategy, Hathaway didn’t reveal too much about the night — that is until a recent interview with The Huffington Post. The interview took place at Sundance, where she’s currently promoting her new film, and according to Hathaway instead of giving the diplomatic line that she was “taking a break” to bounce back from the onslaught of criticism, she was frank in assessing the situation. With a laugh, Hathaway said:

“My impression is that people needed a break from me.”

In addition to experiencing backlash from her hosting duties, Hathaway was also criticized for her 2013 Oscar acceptance speech. Even though Hathaway joked that people needed a break from her, that doesn’t mean she wanted to take a break from her work. According to the Les Misérables star, it just happened to work out like that.

“I think there’s a common misconception about actors — that we have a lot more control than we do about when things happen. We met on this [movie] in 2011 — I was working on Batman — and then we developed this script and the music for two years, and we shot it in June. We had been planning on shooting in the fall and then Chris Nolan called with an offer for a part in his new movie. it actually turned out to be pretty good timing. “I am not complaining about how it’s working out.”

In her new film Song One, Hathaway takes on the role as Franny, an anthropologist completing her Ph.D in nomadic tribes in Morocco. When tragedy strikes for her brother, Franny uses a concert ticket inside of her brother’s journal to see his idol James Forester perform. Telling the performer of her brother’s tragic accident prompts the idol to show up at Henry’s bedside with guitar in hand.

Currently the film is looking for theatrical distribution at Sundance. Up next for Hathaway is her latest Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

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