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, style.com]