Anne Hathaway Doesn't Believe Women Hit The Wall And Says "Aging Is Another Word For Living"

The actress started her career in Hollywood at the young age of 17, and she's still going strong at 40. She shares her unique thoughts about the concept of aging, insisting that her age is nothing more than a number.

By Gina Florio2 min read
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Anne Hathaway, born on November 12, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York, has carved out an illustrious career in the world of acting, establishing herself as one of Hollywood's most versatile and accomplished talents. She first gained widespread recognition for her role in the 2001 family comedy The Princess Diaries, where she played the awkward teenager Mia Thermopolis who learns she is a princess. The film's success led to a sequel in 2004 and catapulted Hathaway into stardom.

Hathaway’s career is marked by an impressive range, from light-hearted comedies like Ella Enchanted to dramatic roles in critically acclaimed films such as Brokeback Mountain and Rachel Getting Married, for which she received an Academy Award nomination. Her most notable achievement came with her role as Fantine in the 2012 musical Les Misérables, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In addition to her film roles, Hathaway has also ventured into television and stage performances. Lately, there has been much hype online about how well she's been aging, but Hathaway doesn't really care much about how people think about her age. It's the last thing on her mind.

Anne Hathaway Says "Aging Is Another Word for Living"

In an interview with TODAY, Hathaway talked about what life has been like now that she's in her 40s. She said she's "kinder to others" now and she's much better at sharing. She started acting when she was only 17 years old, and when she entered the industry, times were different. She said there was this "perception that there was going to be a cliff," and that cliff would happen at a young age. In other words, she once believed that women hit the wall at a certain age. But luckily she threw out that belief a while ago.

Hathaway is the new global brand ambassador for Shiseido, a Japanese cosmetic company that launched a new slogan: "potential at any age." She said she likes to see young people live freely without any concept of a shelf or a wall to hit. In fact, she now believes that age is just a number. When she was asked about how she feels when people compliment her on how good she looks for her age, she responded, “I don't think about age. To me, aging is another word for living. So, if people want to pay a compliment, it's nice. But whatever the hype is, I'm interested in what's beyond the concept of hype.”

Hathaway also shared one of the best pieces of advice she has received in her life: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

She feels lucky that she has made it to her 40s and still maintains a successful career, especially considering how young she started. Hathaway has been notably private about her personal life, but some details have been shared with the public. She is married to Adam Shulman, an actor and jewelry designer, whom she met in 2008. The couple got engaged in November 2011 and subsequently tied the knot on September 29, 2012, in Big Sur, California, in a traditional Jewish ceremony. Their wedding was an intimate affair, attended by close family and friends.

The couple has two children. Their first son, Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman, was born on March 24, 2016. Hathaway was open about her struggles with infertility before conceiving Jonathan, often sharing her experiences in hopes of helping others who are going through similar challenges. In July 2019, Hathaway announced her second pregnancy via Instagram, once again detailing the difficulties she faced while trying to conceive. She gave birth to her second son, Jack Shulman, in November 2019.

Both Hathaway and her husband prioritize family and are often spotted on outings with their children. She has spoken about the joys and challenges of motherhood in various interviews, emphasizing that her family is her most significant achievement and what she is proudest of in her life. Despite her high-profile career, Hathaway seems committed to providing a normal, grounded family life for her children.

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