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by cristina Greeven Cuomo
Photographs by James White | December 1, 2010 | People
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.
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Is there a role you haven’t played that you would like to one day?
AH: Pretty much all of Ibsen. Most Shakespeare. Most of the roles I’d love to play are in the theater. In terms of my career, I would like to kill an alien at some point. I would like to drive a spaceship and maybe be a spy. I’d like to kick a little ass.
AH: Laura Linney is one of my favorite actresses. Sometimes when I am trying to remind myself what good acting looks like, I turn to her performances. Oh, and Meryl Streep, obviously, and Sigourney Weaver. Cate Blanchett never ceases to amaze. Marion Cotillard is a new one for me. I’m just in awe of what that woman does. Did you see Inception? I mean, all of that talent and all that emotion… she’s just absolutely stunning. I am so lucky—there are a lot of great women to learn from.
Any directors that you would love to work with?
AH: I would do anything to work with Mike Nichols. I would learn gymnastics if Mike Nichols needed me to. I would climb a mountain, I would.
AH: I’m a big fan of James Franco. I think it would be really fun to try to create something with him. I also think Zach Galifianakis is such an exciting talent. Honestly, I geek out over so many people. I feel like I’m being asked to reveal my secret actor crushes.
If you could change something about yourself, what would it be?
AH: I’d love to increase my ability to go with the flow. I can be a worrier.
What is something most people don’t know about you?
AH: I like to ride horses—it is pure joy. I can’t tolerate spicy food—I have a weak stomach. Oh, I am a terrible driver. Like, absolutely horrible. Like, fear the road if I’m on it.
Any guilty pleasures?
AH: Watching adolescent comedies—the gross ones starring teenage boys. When I’m really tired I love to watch that particular kind of fun and raunchy humor, like Superbad. Another guilty pleasure is furniture design magazines. They’re like porn for me.
Favorite things about New York City?
AH: Well, my favorite store in the world is Patricia Field. It’s such a playground—the best dress-up closet. I like to go to ABC Carpet & Home and look at the expensive things and try to figure out how to put it together from flea markets. But my favorite thing is to put on some awesome music on the subway and just walk my own personal music video. There’s an intensity of purpose about New Yorkers that suits me very well. It feels like home when things are moving a little bit faster or a little more intensely, a little bit more in your face.
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