Anne Hathaway dreamed a dream in times gone by, when hope was high and life worth living, and that dream involved humbly and graciously receiving a gold statuette from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, while basking in the deep, deep validation of her peers and the public.

She won her coveted Oscar for her performance in the 2012 movie version of Les Miserables, but just like in the second act of almost every Anne Hathaway movie, she realised that getting what you want doesn’t necessarily make you happy. 

In an interview this week with The Guardian, the actress dropped a bomb on the Stan Hathaways, a name I just made up for Anne Hathaway fans, and admitted that she faked her way through her highly emotional acceptance speech at the 2013 Oscars ceremony. 

She said of the experience “it’s an obvious thing, you win an Oscar and you’re supposed to be happy. I didn’t feel that way,” and continued: 

“I felt very uncomfortable. I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet. Then I had to stand up in front of people and feel something I don’t feel which is uncomplicated happiness …”

“I felt wrong that I was standing there in a gown that cost more than some people are going to see in their lifetime, and winning an award for portraying pain that still felt very much a part of our collective experience as human beings. I tried to pretend that I was happy and I got called out on it, big time. That’s the truth and that’s what happened. It sucks. But what you learn from it is that you only feel like you can die from embarrassment, you don’t actually die.”

So there you have it. We are all Anne Hathaway:

Source: The Guardian.

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