Anne Hathaway Gets Candid About Motherhood, Career, & Turning 40 for WSJ. Magazine!

Posted on March 22, 2022

In the cover profile, written by Marisa Meltzer, WSJ. Magazine gets up close with the actress as she promotes her critically acclaimed new project WECRASHED, and speaks candidly about her career, turning 40, fertility, and how motherhood has changed her for the better.



Hathaway on deciding to get involved in WeCrashed:

“The story intersected, I thought, at a lot of really interesting points: late-stage capitalism, the commodification of spirituality and toxic positivity,” Hathaway says.

“Something has to be exceptional,” she says, “and Jared is certainly exceptional.”

Hathaway on when she knew she wanted to act:

When she was about 3 years old, her actor mother played Eva Perón at the Playhouse at Allenberry production in central Pennsylvania of Evita. (Her father is a lawyer.) “I remember seeing that there were kids onstage, and it seemed like the most natural thing in the world,” Hathaway says. “I just wanted to know why I couldn’t be up there. And it was never a conscious thought, ‘Oh, I want to do that.’ For me it was, ‘When do I get to do that?’”

Hathaway on the role that some of her fellow female actors are taking – the role of entrepreneur or CEO (Reese Witherspoon with Hello Sunshine, Gwyneth Paltrow with Goop), and remaining committed to acting:

“I’m curious to know how those women think about themselves,” she says, “because I do have to say, I feel like once an actor, always an actor.” She thinks being a polymath is laudable, and she certainly has a lot of interests (one of which might include directing), but the most she will say about what to expect next is, “I’m venturing into producing and other aspects of the film industry.”

Hathaway on waiting until her children are older before doing Broadway:

“Your kids are only whatever age they are, once,” she says. She is the kind of mom who’s there for bedtime. “And there’s a lot of really awesome musicals [for] women in their 50s, so…. There’s Woman of the Year, there’s Mame.” I mention Sunset Boulevard, and she nods with great enthusiasm and does her best diva voice to say, “I am going to eat every last bit of scenery and then pick my teeth with the splinters.”

Hathaway on wishing she could be more comfortable in interviews:

“I have people that I can absolutely speak freely with, but I have to say, I wish I was more comfortable doing it,” she says. “I see [actors] who are so great at—they never seem like they’re watching their words at all, but they’re also never giving anything away. I think with me, it’s still a little uncomfortable.” She found what she calls her “chosen family” at Vassar College and makes friends gradually. “I do take my time getting to know, to establish trust. And then, once trust is established, I’m a Scorpio, I’m all in.”

Hathaway on turning 40 this year:

“I have a really tight-knit group of friends from college, and we all realized that we were just going to be celebrating each other’s birthday every other week,” she says. “So we decided that we’re all going to go someplace together and have a joint 40th birthday party.”




[Photo Credit: Dan Martensen/WSJ. Magazine]

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