Anne Hathaway Says She Felt 'Hunted' By the Media, Admits She 'Cries All the Time'

by Rosalyn Oshmyansky 3:20 PM PDT, August 07, 2015
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Anne Hathaway has found the key to her own happiness.

In the September issue of InStyle, the 32-year-old actress speaks candidly about a time in her life where she faced seemingly relentless media criticism, but now, she's not letting the "Hathahaters" get the best of her.

"For a very long time I felt I was being hunted, and it made me very unhappy. But in the past few years I've been working on changing the script inside my head," the Oscar winner explained. "Life's too short to be anyone but yourself. Let the chips fall where they may."

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In 2013, The New York Times ran an article titled, "Do We Really Hate Anne Hathaway?" with quotes from writers who simply didn't like the star. "I feel like she's not a real person” and "Why are you so annoying?" were just a couple of the comments referenced in the piece. 

Now, Hathaway is addressing the criticism -- and the article's writer -- head on.

"You and I both know there is a certain type of media that trades on desperation and will paint someone with that filter if it will make them money, whether the story is true or not,” she said. "That [New York Times story] was written by a man. Among the women I've worked with and met in my industry, I feel supported."

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In fact, she feels so positive, that she's even encouraging crying. In her upcoming film The Intern, she plays the role of a founder and CEO of a fashion based e-commerce company, and she admits she could totally relate to the character's emotions.

"I felt strongly that my character should cry at work. I cry all the time," she told the mag. "Granted, I'm an actress, so I kind of get a pass, but what's the big deal if you cry and then you get yourself together and move on?"

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Her advice may be easier said than done as she even admits, "There was a stretch of my life when I wasn't comfortable being myself. I didn't think I was good enough. So I pretended to be someone I wasn't."

And while Hathaway says she "pretended to be someone who could be in the spotlight," she now appears to actually be thriving in it. Case in point? In April, she covered Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" on Lip Sync Battle and totally won the audience over.

Watch the moment below.