Usually, receiving such a prestigious award like the Oscar is the supreme acknowledgement for any actor’s talent, dedication and hard work in the film industry. However, it appears like this is not always the case.
Anne Hathaway has recently talked about her experience getting the award in 2013 for her role as a prostitute named Fantine in the critically acclaimed musical, Les Miserables.
In her interview for The Guardian, the 33 year old actress admitted that the happiness she showed on stage during her acceptance speech was not exactly genuine.
The film’s unapologetic portrayal of raw human struggles and suffering had affected her to the core and had almost driven her insane during the filming process. She went on by saying how obligated she felt to look happy for receiving such an honorable award but could not find that, otherwise simple, feeling within herself during that time.
It seems like the time she spent filming for Les Miserables was a very difficult, both eye-opening and almost traumatizing period in Hathaway’s life. Realizing how many people in the world live, right in this day and age, in indescribable conditions of poverty, and suffer greatly every day, the actress felt ashamed to be on that stage wearing a dress which cost a lot more money than some people would ever be able to own their whole lives.
Even her role seemed tantalizing to human suffering in her eyes. Portraying such pain and receiving an award for it, while real suffering is still very much present in the world felt wrong for the actress who found an emphatic bond to her fellow human beings through her part in Les Miserables.
According to Hathaway, her little attempt to feign happiness was criticized by some. However her new (at the time) understanding of how privileged she really was compared to many others, helped her get over the backlash easily.