When many of us think of Les Misérables or Catwoman, we think of one name: Anne Hathaway. However, as the actress recently revealed: that’s not her name! And now Hathaway would like it if everyone started calling her by her real name…
It’s Annie, Not Anne
When host Jimmy Fallon welcomed actress Anne Hathaway to his late-night show last week, he started the conversation off by dropping a massive bomb on the audience. Turns out, the actress we all know as Anne Hathaway goes by something different in private. “I’ve known you for a pretty long time now,” Fallon said to the actress. “I’ve heard people call you Annie, like your good friends. Do I call you Anne or Annie?” Fans of Hathaway instantly felt shocked: had Anne really been a fake name this whole time?
Well, it seems that Hathaway had been waiting for an opportunity to tell this story, as she instantly launched into the tale with passion. Apparently, it all started when she began acting. “When I was 14 years old, I did a commercial, and I had to get my SAG [Screen Actors Guild] card and they asked me, ‘What do you want your name to be?'” the actress recalled. “And I was like, ‘Well, it should be my name. My name’s Anne Hathaway.’ So that seemed like the right choice, but it never occurred to me that for the rest of my life, people will call me Anne.” Because, as it turns out, no one in Hathaway’s personal life calls her “Anne!”
One One Person Calls Her Anne
According to Hathaway, there’s only one person who calls her Anne, not her nickname, Annie: her mother, Kate Hathaway. “The only person who ever calls me Anne is my mother, and she only does it when she’s really mad at me,” the Princess Diaries actress said. “So every time I step out in public and someone calls my name, I think they’re going to yell at me,” she added. Over the years, poor Hathaway has learned to deal with it, but it seems she’s not putting up with it any longer.
Hathaway said that she first started asking co-workers not to call her Anne, which has resulted in some funny interactions. “People are so lovely – they don’t want to be presumptuous, and so they come up with workarounds on set, because the truth is nobody’s comfortable calling me Anne ever. It doesn’t fit,” she explained. “I’m an Annie. And so people call me, like, Miss H; people call me Hath. So feel free to call me anything but Anne.”
Living In Lockdown
In addition to discussing the origins of her name, Hathaway also brought along a sneak peek at her new film, Locked Down. The film, which focuses on a jewelry heist taking place during the coronavirus lockdown, is one of the few movies entirely conceived and produced in 2020. The film also stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mindy Kaling, Ben Stiller, and Ben Kingsley.
Meanwhile, Hathway says that her lockdown with her husband, actor Adam Shulman, and two small sons Jonathan, 4, and Jack, 1, has been stressful there have been good times. “It’s been a lot, but those are good ages to be home with your kids,” she told Fallon. “Our 4-year-old believes everything we tell him, and that’s adorable as well as very useful.”