Anne Hathaway was warned against gaining weight when she secured onscreen roles as a teenager.
The Les Miserables star, 36, got her first big break in her mid-teens when she was cast in U.S. high school series Get Real before making her movie debut in 2001’s The Princess Diaries.
Speaking about what it was like for young women then, Hathaway recalled how movie executives insisted she didn’t put on weight.
“At 16 years old, it was ‘Congratulations, you have the part. I’m not saying you need to lose weight. I’m just saying don’t gain weight.’ Which of course means you need to lose weight,” she told Allure magazine.
However, times have changed so much in the industry that Hathaway’s menstrual cycle was taken into account by costume designer Ane Crabtree during the production of her latest movie, The Last Thing He Wanted.
“So I had that, then 20 years later I have Ane Crabtree asking me what my body does on my moon – which I realised meant my period – so she can make adjustments for me. It was just this beautiful thing,” she explained.
The star, who is now pregnant with her second child, insisted there’s still a way to go until the film industry fully embraces women’s natural bodies though.
“I am cautious in my praise of how Hollywood is shifting. There is so much more body inclusivity – which is great! – but the thin thing is definitely still the centralised ‘normal’ expectation,” she added.
Like a number of high profile stars, including Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, and Alicia Vikander, Hathaway has moved into production, but she believes the recent moves towards gender equality in Hollywood will only continue if audiences support it.
“It’s allowed for more interesting characters and stories,” she said of women’s increased role behind the camera. “Now the big question is are audiences appreciating it? If it’s not supported, it won’t continue. It will go back to the way it was, and people will say, ‘Okay, that didn’t work.'”
– Cover Media0