Anne Hathaway Blows Us Away
by cristina Greeven Cuomo
Photographs by James White
Just a few days after moving back to Brooklyn, where she was born, Anne Hathaway sits inconspicuously in a corner café in jeans, pointy flats and a casual shirt. The porcelain-skinned, doe-eyed beauty doesn’t wear a cap or sunglasses because no one bothers the celebrity in Brooklyn. But away from the quiet borough, The Princess Diaries star has become a highly sought-after dramatic actress with star turns in films like The Devil Wears Prada, Rachel Getting Married (for which she received an Oscar nod for best actress), Alice in Wonderland and the impassioned story Love and Other Drugs with Jake Gyllenhaal.
The daughter of stage actress Kate Hathaway, who lives just over the bridge in Manhattan with her father, Gerard, a lawyer, Anne (or Annie, as friends and family call her) bears the same name as Shakespeare’s wife. Hathaway, whose infallible charm and manners are rooted in her down-to-earth intelligence and close-knit family, does have, as she quips, an “organic curiosity” for all things thespian, including the famous bard. The rare beauty with brains gets “geeky” and personal over tea. First sip: She does live with someone now—her chocolate Labrador, Esmeralda.
What drew you to this role as Maggie in Love and Other Drugs?
ANNE HATHAWAY: It was her. It was also the allure of Jake Gyllenhaal and director Edward Zwick. It was a difficult role. She is a really real character, given her diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease—knowing that her life is going to change and that she’s losing control over her body. Here’s a girl who has a truly compelling, compassion-inspiring reason for being the way she is. I loved the idea of getting to wear that skin.
You have great chemistry with Jake Gyllenhaal.
AH: If you don’t have chemistry with Jake Gyllenhaal, then there’s probably something wrong with you, because he is the most insanely charismatic man. All you have to do is listen to him and you’re instantly charmed.
Slideshow: Hathaway's Cover Shoot Looks
Styling by Rachel Zoe at The Wall Group. Makeup by Kara Yoshimoto Bua at traceymattingly.com. Hair by Adir Abergel for Frédéric Fekkai at starworksartists.com. Manicure by Ashlie Johnson at The Wall Group. Fashion assistance by Jordan Johnson for Rachel Zoe at The Wall Group. FASHION CREDITS: Mink resinated cotton cadet trench coat with leather trim, Burberry Prorsum ($3,595). burberry.com. Striptease cuffs, Kiki de Montparnasse ($595). kikidm.com. Bead headband (worn as choker), Patricia Underwood (price on request). Available by special order at Bergdorf Goodman, bergdorfgoodman.com. Jacket ($1,995) and pants ($795), Jean Paul Gaultier. Saks Fifth Avenue, saks.com. Curb chain necklace, David Yurman ($2,850). davidyurman.com. Yellowgold and rubber Diagono chronograph, Bulgari ($18,400). bulgari.com. Onyx ring, David Yurman ($3,100). davidyurman.com. Maniac shoes, Brian Atwood ($534). Saks Fifth Avenue, saks.com. Vintage bar stool, Restoration Hardware ($245). restorationhardware.com. Mini top hat, Patricia Underwood ($550). Special order, Bergdorf Goodman, bergdorfgoodman.com. Black tuxedo dress, Viktor & Rolf ($1,640). Bloomingdale’s, bloomingdales.com. Over-the-knee boots, Diego Dolciniz ($1,085). Bellhaus, diegodolcini.it. Steel Ballon Bleu watch, Cartier ($5,100). cartier.com
We go behind the scenes with the sexy British actor on his Gotham cover shoot.