Anne Hathaway knows something about being the butt of a joke. But when asked about being a fan of the Kardashian family, another frequent target of scrutiny and mockery, the actress isn’t laughing.
"I used to be like everyone else and think the Kardashians are just famous for being famous," Hathaway told Refinery29 in a recent interview. "But I've been really impressed with how supportive Kim Kardashian has been of Caitlyn Jenner."
The Kardashians are no strangers to social media and online criticism, something Hathaway has also learned to weather throughout her years in the spotlight.
"It does very much at times feel like we’re living in the days of the Colosseum, where people get the thumbs up and you live, or the thumbs down and you die," she said. "But the thing is, you won’t die. Sometimes it feels like you will, but you won’t die from humiliation on the internet. You have to get really strong and dig down deep and get really tough. For the first time in my life, I’m feeling comfortable. Not settled, not complacent, but just like I can take whatever is going to come."
It’s mature attitude from a starlet who has been in the limelight since breaking through with The Princess Diaries at 19 years old.
"When I was younger, I felt very much like, oh, I have to be a certain way, I have to look a certain way," Hathaway revealed. "You really, really don’t."
Nowadays, Hathaway admires fellow female celebs who are standing up to criticism and fighting industry stereotypes.
"I am crushing so hard on Amy Schumer," she says. "Women like her who have chosen to stand up for themselves and face the bullies are being so embraced. I think that’s the new message: Figure out who you are, be happy with yourself, and don’t take anything from anyone. Don’t let anyone make you feel bad about you. That’s something that I’ve been growing into."
Admiring Schumer, who made a joke at Hathaway’s expense in her recent rom-com Trainwreck, is a show of solidarity from the actress, who has a better understanding of the different struggles men and women face in Hollywood.
"I mean, I've had actors argue with me about this," Hathaway explained. "They say, 'Oh, we all have to have six-packs.' And I’m like, 'Well, that might be true, but with women, it’s so many things. It’s not just about having a six-pack. I mean, we have to have a six-pack and be able to run in heels.'"
It’s not an easy line of work, but Hathaway has been blessed to work with legends of her craft in her movies, from Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, to her co-star in her upcoming Nancy Meyer’s comedy The Intern, Robert De Niro.
"He’s, like, sweet and powerful, and it cracks me up," Hathaway said of "Bob Freakin’ De Niro," also revealing that the actor "loves The Bachelor."
It’s a big secret to spill of the acting legend who has played intimidating characters like Raging Bull’s Jake LaMotta and Taxi Driver’s Travis Bickle, but Hathaway had proof: pulling out an email from DeNiro gushing about ads for The Intern running during Bachelor in Paradise.