Anne Hathaway for Harper’s Bazaar UK

Posted on January 04, 2013

In case we haven’t stated it plainly enough; a thought which seems absurd to us on the face of it, let us make things perfectly clear: We find that period of certain actresses’ lives when they have a big awards-bait movie out or about to come out and it’s heading into awards season time, to be both supremely annoying in its predictability and delightfully fun to skewer in its pretension.

It was Kate Winslet who caused us to coin the zen phrase, “In order to attain the Oscar, one must become the Oscar.” Meaning: statuesque, unmoving perfection. Couture and magazine covers, a discussable hairstyle and a face sandblasted and airbrushed by makeup artists into loving perfection. Oh, and lots of Serious, Important Attention from The Right People. This is also right around the time many of them “fall in love” and/or get pregnant/adopt, because traditional, conservative female behavior can only help in gaining the little gold man. Winslet, Paltrow, Portman, Witherspoon and Bullock all rode this train for varying lengths of time. Now it’s Annie’s turn. And while we’re willing to entertain the idea that maybe we jumped into the “She’s about to become INSUFFERABLE” pool a little too eagerly, we defy anyone to say she doesn’t look annoying as hell right here:


‘Les Misérables’ star Anna Hathaway covers the February 2013 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine photographed by David Slijper and styled by Leith Clark.


This is a shot that should have stayed on the contact sheet. She’s styled nicely, and she’s always known how to work a camera, so we have to assume that an editor at Harper’s has secretly vowed to destroy her for some reason and the choosing of this picture for the cover is the result of that vow.

On herself: “I’m not Rihanna. I’m not cool. When people come to me in the street, they often want a hug not a photo, and they want that because they like my work. For a long time it was me and [my manager] against the world. I was seen as this bizarre-world good-girl cartoon that I in no way identified with – very vanilla, very sweet, very accessible and not interesting. I had no grit, no sex appeal.”

On her marriage: “He walks into a room, and I light up. I can’t help it. A few days into [filming Les Misérables] I said ‘I’m having too much fun. I just want to play with you and I need to be really sad right now.’ I knew from the second I met him that he was the love of my life.”

On being 30: “It doesn’t help that the new crop of girls is so gorgeous and so 22 years old. But I’m excited about it.”

Giorgio Armani Spring 2013 Collection/Model: Cora Emmanuel

Look! They did it for the inside shot too!

Or maybe Annie really is looking quite full of herself at the moment. Either way, both shots are kind of unintentionally hilarious. Like a parody of the Serious Actress editorial.


[Photo Credit: David Slijper for Harper’s Bazaar UK,]

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    • Corazon Nunez

      Personally, I really like her. Maybe that’s just me. 

      • egl48

        She was amazing in Rachel Getting Married.  Broke my heart.

      • deathandthestrawberry

        I like her too, but I’m frankly sick to death of her right now.

        • Vickiefantastico

          That’s right where I am too.

        • mike__tv

          Preach Sister. 

        • Kent Roby

           Same here, and I don’t know exactly how that happened.  As I’ve said, I loved her in “Prada” and “Brokeback”, but by “Dark Knight”  I was annoyed, wishing that Mila Kunis was playing Catwoman.

      • j_anson

        No, I really like her too. It’s all subjective. If it was KStew I’d probably be right there on the irrational hate wagon. :)

        • Corazon Nunez

          Exactly! Oh, she drives me crazy!

      • VioletFem

        I like her too. I like seeing (seemingly) nice and talented people succeed rather than bitchy and untalented people. 

      • TRSTL

        It’s not just you, I really like her as well.  She is having some great, hard earned success and I, for one, would not begrudge her a little bit of a moment. She is certainly much more talented and interesting than many of the other acctresses gracing us with their prescence.

      • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

        I love her and I think she is beautiful.

      • ampg

        Count me in.  I especially love the way she’s been politely but pointedly skewering a lot of the male reporters asked her stupid questions about her looks (her takedown of Matt Lauer over the whole wardrobe-malfunction issue was especially sweet).

    • foodycatAlicia

      I really like the soundbites, but Holy Supercilious, Catwoman!

      • Introspective

        I love the soundbites. they seem really honest and smart. I absolutely hate the pics. not because of the self importance, which I’ll admit may be there, but because they are just genuinely bad pics. especially the cover.  not much here flatters her.

    • jerseyginger

      Her eye looks like it’s melting off of her face. I’m just going to ignore the quotes. 

      • Sobaika

        Right?? A combo of the angle, makeup, and what I’m guessing was really unfortunate photoshopping.

      • gabbilevy

        Do an image search of Evangelista (Taulah Riley) from the Doctor Who episode of “Forest of the Dead” and tell me that’s not *exactly* what poor Annie looks like on this cover.

      • CT14

        Major droopy eye on the cover. Someone hates her, because she’s gorgeous and you know there had to be better shots.

      • Carly Warnock

        That’s exactly what I saw. Like a Dali-esque painting. Yikes.

      • Angela O’Brien

        My first thought was “Wow, she looks like she had a seizure and half her face is paralyzed.”

    • ralish

      It looks just like the Vanity Fair cover shot. Right?

      • Annabelle Archer

        Yep. It’s the droopy eye thing/looking down her nose thing.

      • RebeccaKW

         Yes.  I couldn’t remember which cover (was thinking Vogue), but that was my first thought.  ‘Are these photos from the same shoot?’ 

    • Alyssa T. Robot

      when i saw these shots first on red carpet fashion awards i couldn’t wait to predict exactly what you were gonna say because i COMPLETELY AGREE. also, i’m very easily influenced by tlo’s opinions and i’m not sure why.

    • marlie

      Aside from the fact that they’re both “up the nostrils” shots, I think she looks good*. The underwear in the second shot is laughable, though.

      *Disclaimer: Annie is at the TOP of my Irrational Celebrity Love list.

      • Billie_Dawn

        She’s probably used to the “up the nostrils” shots at this point. Did you see “Les Miserables”? At some points, the camera got so close to the actors’ faces that I thought I could see the fillings in their back teeth if I looked hard enough. I could easily identify every single actor in that movie just by the shape of their nostrils if I had to.

        • e jerry powell

          Well, the teeth that Fantine has left, anyway…

    • tereliz

      I still like her, but I have to agree that this cover shot (and December Vogue, ick!) are doing her no favors. 

      But seriously, Harper’s, do you have to emphasize just how much weight Anne lost for Les Mis with these pics? The skeletal arms in the cover pic are freaking me out almost as much as her clone stamped neck. Not good. 

    • Imasewsure

      I don’t hate the second shot but the cover photo is snooty, pretentious and kind of ugly

    • hughman

      “Go ahead. Take a chance. Hire the smart, fat girl.”

    • facebook-724916801

      What I think is sad is that these are terribly unflattering shots of a beautiful woman.  The weird droopy-eyed look and that terrible slumpy-gangly-paunchy looking second photo.  Yeah, like someone has it in for her. Too bad.

    • wisenhar

      Am I the only one who sees Liza in the cover pic?

      • Trish

         That’s what I see, too!

      • VioletFem

        TLo has made that comparison before in reference to her new hairstyle and fashion style.

    • Randy Noak

      The cover makes her look like she’s got major lazy eye.

      • CT14

        Or like Botox gone wrong

    • Squarah

      Could not agree more! Also, this girl constantly comes off as a real life Rachel Berry ever since she hosted the Oscars with Franco.

    • jonnyf8

      1. Thank you for willingness to entertain the idea that maybe we jumped into the “She’s about to become INSUFFERABLE” pool a little too eagerly

      2.  This could very well be self-parody.  Her appearances on Saturday Night Live certainly indicate she’s more than capable of that.

      • poggi

         While she may be capable of self-parody, I am not sure that Harper’s is. 

        • jonnyf8

          Good point!  But since the editors probably are not capable of self-paraody, they might have missed it unless they were hit over the head with it.  I really love her face in the last look.  “Seriously you want me to wear this, OK you asked for it!!!”

    • plinkiedoodle

      I am sick to the teeth of this woman. Boring. Boring. Boring.

    • ms_kat

      I like her too. I think she looks pretentious and annoying, but still striking.

    • Mary Christa Jaramillo-Bolin

      Straight up her nose. Straight. Up.

    • crash1212

      That’s one weird outfit in picture  #2. I will not get on the Hate Anne train. I love her. Doesn’t matter how many odd magazine photo covers are foisted on me, the Anne love will continue. Although, I think she should have a word with whoever chose that cover photo, cuz…awful.

    • JulieTy

      I really like her too, but in these photos she looks like she’s thinking, “F@ck you all, puny mortals.” 
      Horrible (and that’s not even in reference to the Dalí eye cover shot).

    • hyperionic

      She has weirdly slanted eyes and this haughty high fashion look just emphasises it. She had this same problem on the Vogue cover. She needs to open her eyes properly. 

    • In_Stitches

      I love her and bristled when you predicted a wave of insufferable behavior coming from her direction, but that cover shot is F*ing hilarious.  It’s emanating Zoe-level pretention. 

    • Ann With No E

      Does she look a little like Liza Minnelli in that cover photo? 

    • Linda Ritchie Unger

      OMG what is with this look-up-my-nose angle?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It’s certainly odd, and the inner nostril is not usually anyone’s sweet spot, which does make this shot even more hilarious.

    • Trisha26

      She should thank the stars she’s not Rihanna – who would want to be her? Ugh. These photos are hilarious, have to believe they’re a joke. And a good one too. 

    • schadenfreudelicious

      i am assuming the desired look was “bedroom eyes” as opposed to “sedated”?

      • AthenaJ

        I tried the same thing during a budior photoshoot and the results were just as unintentionally hilarious… my advice to Anne would be the same the photographer gave me – just act natural and smile!

    • GorgeousThings

      Oscar Side-eye.

    • snarkykitten

      Her eyes look like they’re going to slide right off her head

    • Judy_J

      She must have done something to piss off whoever chose those shots.  Those photos make me want to hate her, and I’ve always liked her. 

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      I love her to death, but that’s not her camera angle. 

    • Danielle West

      I’m hoping that once she grows her hair back out that she won’t look like such a snotty ***hole.  I used to really like her.

      • WhiteOprah

        The thing is, I love her hair.  I have to keep reminding myself that my hair is not the right texture to pull that look off.  

    • e jerry powell

      I SMACK HER!

    • Siobhain Campbell

      Preach. I felt the same way about the Dec Vogue cover.

    • amanda lynn

      I know a woman that used to give us mere mortals that look once she played Roxy in a community theatre production of ‘Chicago’.  

    • filmcricket

      I’ve never really liked this chick’s acting – male critics used to describe her as “brave”, which I think is code for “is willing to get naked” – but as much as the pole-dancing is hilarious-slash-annoying to me, I’m coming around on her. The hair is helping. These photos, however, are godawful. I can understand why she didn’t want to stay stuck in her Disney princess bubble forever, but I think in most people’s minds she’s long past that. The constant looking-down-her-nose-at-you shots are not really necessary.

    • BrooklynBomber

      There’s somebody she really looks like in that second picture and it’s driving me crazy trying to figure out who it is.

      • OrigamiRose

        Liza Minnelli.

    • marilyn

      Say what you will, they got her out of her Miss Marple wardrobe.  She looks very sophistocated and mature-in a good way.  

    • jilly_d

      I still love her, and her performance in Les Mis destroyed me, so I’m willing to tolerate a bit of self-importance during oscar season. But you’re right, that cover shot is hilariously bad.

    •!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

      The broken doll pose is never going away, is it?

    • m0r0

      To me she is really looking like LIZA with this haircut. And sorry boys, that ain’t good.

    • flower753

      Where is her right breast in the cover photo?

    • SayWTH

      Another reason I have always called this magazine “Bizarre.” They really did not want her to show “pretty face” in these shots. Bleh on you editors!

      I also think the top of the dress in the first shot looks way too big for her, like Pamela Anderson too big. The pose doesn’t help, but that top is not fitted to her properly.

    • l_c_ann

      She’s got Peter Lorre eyes.

      (You may sing along.)

    • MilaXX

      “I’m not Rhianna, I’m not cool?”
      WUT? Chile please! Have a seat & calm down

    • victor liu

      Put your chin down, darling.

    • Dot

      Her right eye looks like it’s melting down the side of her face in the cover shot. What a weirdly serious, yet supremely unflattering photo.

    • kcarb1025

      “very vanilla, very sweet, very accessible and not interesting.”

      That about covers it, yeah.

      • alyce1213

        And NO sex appeal, no matter how naked she gets.

        • librarygrrl64

          I agree. She just oozes “wholesome” in every role. There’s nothing wrong with that, but she needs to own it. It’s who she is, and that’s okay.

    • nannypoo

      Oh, did she make a movie? That cover photo is almost as bad as her recent Vogue cover. What’s the deal with that eye?

    • Claudia Berry

      I am so sick of her.  The damn whining about being so hungry for Les Miz is the icing on the shitty cake that is my view of her.

    • Joyce VG

      Inexplicably I like these pictures of her.  

    • WhiteOprah

      I can’t help but notice one of the taglines- “Beauty Confidential…How To Get Hollywood Skin”  Ummm- it’s called botox, ridiculously expensive facials, creams made from the tears of poor people and photoshop.  Let’s just pray it doesn’t come with the “Hollywood Melting Eyesocket.”

    • Presumptuous Insect

      Absurd and insufferable.

    • OrigamiRose

      It’s terrible but this nauseating PR push has me rooting for a major upset in Supporting Actress.  Maggie Smith, anyone?  Please?

      • Billie_Dawn

        Helen Hunt! I liked Hathaway a lot and would have no problem with her winning, but I absolutely adored Helen Hunt in “The Sessions.” And believe me, at this time last year, I could have never imagined saying “I absolutely adored Helen Hunt” in anything ever.

        • OrigamiRose

          I still haven’t seen “The Sessions” but I admire your willingness to admit to adoring Helen Hunt *grin*  I never particularly understood the awe she inspired in “As Good As It Gets.”  Then again, I feel the same this year for Jennifer Lawrence in “Silver Linings.”  An upset in either lead or supporting would make me a very happy bitter kitten.

          I don’t wish to dislike Anne; however, she seems determined to make me.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            The publicity/hype machine can turn even likeable actors into people who you never, ever want to see again.

            • librarygrrl64

              That’s an excellent way to put it.

            • mike__tv

              I do wonder how much choice they have? 

            • ampg

              Not a lot – I remember a couple of years ago one of the actresses was criticized beforehand for not campaigning hard enough. I think it was Mo’Nique, because she made a veiled reference to it in her speech.

      • alyce1213

        Amy Adams (not a chance), Sally Field (maybe — she won NY Film Critics), but I don’t think anyone has a prayer against the Anne Hathaway/Les Miz Publicity Machine.

        • OrigamiRose

          We must light as many candles, burn as much sage and chant until our voices have faltered – whatever it takes to get the karma gods on our side.  

          I have this image of her sitting in front of her vanity, practicing her “surprise!” face, like Abigail Breslin at the beginning of Little Miss Sunshine.  Over.  And over.  And over.

        • librarygrrl64

          I loved Jennifer Lawrence’s performance in SLP, but nothing is going to beat a singing/crying/hair-chopping trifecta. Nothing.

    • Qitkat

      You may be quite right, and these chosen photographs are apparently designed to make us hate her.
      Not working. Still love her.

    • Inspector_Gidget

      She looks like she’s nodding off.

    • YoungSally

      The good news is that the Oscars aren’t too far away….I think.  It’ll be over soon.

    • Trevor Scott

      Why in the hell did they give her a lazy eye? Or did her left eye fall on its own accord? 

    • guest2visits

      I think she looks fairly gorgeous in both shots; but I do think the magazine cover would have worked better with a different, maybe
      happier faced Anne.

    • alyce1213

      Insufferable?  Gaaah. I want to smack her.

      • OrigamiRose

        Somehow, I keep seeing that scene from “Airplane!” with the line of passengers waiting their turn to smack the hysterical woman, only now it’s Anne :)

    • SewingSiren

      Need some biscuits with that ham?

    • Billie_Dawn


    • Mexxoo

      I like her, but it seems like someone’s given her really bad advice on how to pose.  It looks like she thinks she’s being high fashion, but she just hasn’t practiced it enough to nail the poses.  It’s making me sad.

    • lizajane1776

      Just because she has the long long neck doesn’t mean that no one can show her any other way!

    • quiltrx


    • elemspbee

      These are kind of brilliant, in that parodic way. I like this girl. Don’t mind her exposure at the moment. With all her movies, dog n pony show follows, ya?

    • plinkiedoodle

      Personally, I’m sick to the teeth of her.  Boring, boring, boring. 

    • Cristina Marie

      I think she’s suited so much better for quirky girl next door shoots. All these super-serious-actress shots are just not doing her any favours. I put her in the same camp as Jennifer Lawrence, where I find she comes off much better when they play off her personality rather than this haute couture thing.

    • littlemac8

      Poor Annie looks like she’s had a stroke!

    • Victoria Weinstein

      OK, Anne. Just get your Academy Award already for your incredibly overwrought, desperate-for-Oscar performance in “Les Mis,” make your bio pic of Liza, and then retire, wouldja? ENOUGH. I have had ENOUGH.

    • Jecca2244

      what is it with the wonky eyes on magazine covers?

    • SneakyKitty

      I was completely prepared to defy you until I scrolled down.

      Still love her, though.  It’s okay, Annie, it will all be over soon.

    • formerlyAnon

      For a long time, when everyone gushed about how beautiful she was, I would think “She’s pretty. Usually. Great smile.” Now when many have been disappointed by her hair, and disliking her attempts to pose “drahMAHtically, dahling,” I find myself thinking she’s never looked better. Even though she’s not pulling off the poses, here. Looks as if she not-so-secretly feels a little silly. Still, I like this phase of hers.

      Probably just my idiosyncratic tastes in faces.

    • siriuslover

      I really love Anne Hathaway, but I despise these pictures. It’s as if the photographer wanted to get her to look as condescending as possible.

    • Alex McGeagh

      I feel like she’s totally in on the joke. 

    • ccm800

      What terror befell her shoulder? that’s gonna hurt for a long time.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      I can’t bear her plucky stage-school good girl shitck. She was the only interesting thing in Dark Knight Rises, which is more of an insult to the movie, than a compliment to her.

    • Vaniljekjeks

      She just looks exhausted.  

    • Julie Noble

      Fantastic article, particularly like the comments about connections between timing of “falling in love” and  awards allocations. Has anyone done a study of the correlation between this over the oscar winners of the past x amount of years, could be really amazing results!

    • Call me Bee

      I, for one, am happy we’re seeing AH all over and not K Stewart anymore. 

    • viridian61

      I am so looking forward to your book. What a great read it will be.

    • Tamara Hogan

      Hathaway’s at that dangerous career point where she’s become so famous, so over-exposed, that she can no longer entirely transcend her celebrity and disappear into a role. Paradoxically, this renders her less effective as an actor, the job she’s famous for.

      I call this the Angelina Jolie Effect. (I can’t watch Jolie act anymore without being entirely aware, the whole time, that I’m watching Angelina Jolie Act.)

      • Vaniljekjeks

         That’s so spot-on I can’t even…

      • mike__tv

        If I were a director I would hardly ever hire big names, if I could get away with it. For this precise reason. I do think Julia Roberts was doing that before Hathaway was. I think that might be why the plainer ( but still stunning) actresses seem to get more praise,you can forget for a moment that you’re watching a particular actor and this makes them seem better at their job. Maybe I’m wrong about that but I do think over exposure is a bad thing if you’re an actor, not only because people get sick of you. 

    • jonnyf8

      I really don’t think she’s hit the insufferable  mark until she starts her own GOOP or releases an album of country and/or gospel music.  I didn’t include torch songs or old standards in that because I AM the guy who had a Diane Keaton album at one point.

    • Raaid Mansur Cotman-El

      i used to like her ok, but she has been smug for too long. the Oscar campaign can be done with grace, see octavia spencer, viola davis, and meryl streep last year. they were all likeable  through the entire oscar process last year. i think that’s because even though they wanted to win the award they all seemed thankful for the opportunity to work, to do what they love, and for people to love their work too. there was none of the self important, “i deserve this” kind of vibe that winselt, portman, and now hathaway are sporting. 

    • GTrain

      “about” to become insufferable?  She crossed that line for me months ago.

    • Laylalola

      I don’t know — this all reminds me more of Rooney Mara-ish campaigning than Kate Winslet etc. and the Academy tends to like to see the haute couture conntender’s face when she gets the shaft on Oscar night.

    • Anniebet

      For me, she did a a large bit of shark jumping with that black Tom Ford dress and the WTF leather-strappy leg accessory, never mind the ladyparts exposure. In the Bazaar cover she seems to have a malformed left eye. In both pics she appears to have some sort of spinal condition that forces her to throw her head back. Surely she wouldn’t pose in that oh-so-pretentious way on purpose?

      • libraangel

        What got me is that she was so shocked and upset by the ladyparts reveal. Like she didn’t know she wasn’t wearing underpants?! Come on~!
        p.s. And you are right about the stuck up gaze!

    • Candigirl1968

      Her comments do not help her cause.  At all.  
      Is it wrong of me to hope for an upset?

      • ScarlettHarlot

        If it’s wrong, I don’t wanna be right! I would love to see Sally Field win for Lincoln. I haven’t seen The Sessions, but I heard Helen Hunt was excellent in it. 

        Of course if someone else won, there would be a Zoolander-ish moment where Anne Hathaway gets up on stage and starts her acceptance speech until someone takes it away from her. (Which would still probably be a less embarrassing Oscar experience than her hosting job.)

        • OrigamiRose

          I was reading that Sally Field knocked it out of the park receiving a lifetime career award at PSIFF.  The audience was filled with Academy members.  I’m hoping for a groundswell in her direction and a major backlash for the Anne Machine.

      • OrigamiRose

        I’m right there with you on the upset hopes.  Anyone But Anne.

    • StillGary


    • Valerie Jones

      Open your eyes, Shelby! Open, open your eyes!

    • bluefish

      Too much exposure can backfire.  The comments about turning 30 are really so silly.  She needs to go away for a bit.

    • Susie Queue

      Hasn’t she always been insufferable?

    • Ann Martina

      Celebrities need to stop using the phrase “they’re the love of my life”.  No one cares or believes it will last.

    • Beth G

      Holy Liza vibe.

      • UglyTalents


    • Zippypie

      Insufferable only when they make inane comments and pose like their poo doesn’t smell.  Just like Anne.  She doesn’t have to whore herself around to win an Oscar.  She chooses to.

    • UglyTalents

      She’s making it so hard to like her. 

    • Brooke Opie Ragusa

      I lover her, but as a photographer, I am offended by these pictures.  It is human nature to want to put your chin up (lord knows why…), and it’s the photographers job to say CHIN DOWN.  Bad photographer!!!

    • Caitrin

      so funny. “ack! their comments about themselves THAT WE READ OVER AND OVER!!!….” i mean, isn’t the whole process just a little precious? you all read their comments, which you hate and find insufferable, which they make and are in sufferable, and the whole process is done over and over every year until someone fresh comes along and you have a year off and think: oh! isn’t that one wonderful person a true joy!!! what freshness, they aren’t insufferable, look how they buck the trend! – and then the next year it’s back the same thing. Year in and year out. No offense. It’s just we’re all a part of it. It takes someone to write it, and someone to read it and someone to say it. So let’s drop the pretense that any of this is forced. Anne Hathaway is not very likely a personal friend of very many people on here or many people who take part in this American drama, and you do not have to listen to her, read her, or look at her and POOF, just like that… she goes away and she is insufferable no more. Mute the T.V. if she comes on and life will get much better. Don’t blame her. She can do whatever she likes with her life. If you chose to cover it, read about her, or have bitch parties about her, then you chose to put your nose in the poo. Your fault. Not hers. She’s laughing all the way to the bank. I say, good for her.