Anne Hathaway Shares Some Helpful Oscars Advice for Neil Patrick Harris

by Zach Seemayer 7:21 PM PST, January 06, 2015
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In 2011, Anne Hathaway and James Franco co-hosted the 83rd Academy Awards to less-than-stellar reviews. Now, the Interstellar star has some advice for incoming Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris: "Do the opposite of what I did, and you'll be fine."

In an interview with New York Magazine, promoting her new film Song One, the 32-year-old Oscar winner admitted that she doesn't think her hosting gig went well, but has faith that Harris will be a hit.

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"He'll be great," Hathaway said. "He's a natural host."

Harris does appear to be tailor-made for the job. In 2009, the Gone Girl star hosted the Tony Awards and the Primetime Emmys. He went on to host the Tonys for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013, when he also hosted the Emmys yet again. Each hosting turn has received critical acclaim.

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While Hathaway's run as Oscar host may have been panned, the actress has received a lot of love from the Academy as an actress. In 2008 she was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in Rachel Getting Married, and won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2013 for her small but memorable role in the musical Les Miserables.

However, the accolades have not come without a healthy dose of criticism from so-called "Hathahaters." In the interview, Hathaway opened up about the lessons she's learned from dealing with negativity.

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"Self-acceptance," Hathaway said, explaining what she's learned from her critics. "If you’re not someone who has a natural and effortless love for yourself, it’s hard to let go of your desire to please other people, and that’s really not an ingredient for a happy life."

Recently, Hathaway starred in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi drama Interstellar, and admitted to ET that the complex script took a long time to fully understand. Check out the video below for more from the star on her challenging performance.