Well, talk about timing~
Someone else is using Anne Hathaway as their actress of the month… and she is placing #6 on our list of actresses to Watch Until They’re 35. This also marks the half of our list of actresses, which only means… we are doing guys and girls at the same time from now on!
Born in Brooklyn, New York on November 12th 1982, this 27-year-old actress burst into the pop culture scene for playing Mia Termopolis in 2001 for Disney’s The Princess Diaries alongside Julie Andrews. Starting your career with a Disney would-be short-lived franchise isn’t bad, but it proved to be a tough image to shed when you wanted to be considered a serious actress. This is why Hathaway had roles on films like The Other Side of Heaven, and Nicholas Nickleby… though moving away from the “princess” image was a little difficult with roles like Ella on Ella Enchanted, and The Princess Diaries 2.
Lending her voice to Red (Riding-hood) on Hoodwinked! in 2005 didn’t do the trick, so Hathaway did what actresses who want to branch-off do, and pulled a 360 by participating on Havoc, the rated-R film of suburban troubled youth, though critically-panned, the film did seem to do the trick since she followed that up with films like Brokeback Mountain directed by Ang Lee with fellow the 20 to Watch Michelle Williams, Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal, and perhaps her biggest box office hit The Devil Wears Prada alongside Meryl Streep.
Suddenly, she was everywhere getting gigs playing Jane Austen on the film Becoming Jane with fellow the 20 to Watch James McAvoy, and giving a new face to Agent 99 on the film adaptation of the series Get Smart alongside Steve Carell, which gave her even more exposure to the masses. However, it was in 2008 when she received the most praise when she played Kym on the critically-acclaimed Rachel Getting Married for which she was nominated for the first time for Best Female Actress at the Oscar, as well as the Indie Spirits, Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild. She even tied for a Best Actress win with Meryl at the Critics Choice Awards!
After that, yes. She followed that up with crap like Bride Wars and Valentine’s Day, so hopefully she’ll decide to be more choosy next time. Luckily, however, she made up for that by playing the White Queen on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
What’s next for Hathaway? Hopefully, not more insipid romantic comedies [non-negative connotation], but how about Love and Other Drugs by Edward Zwick (Defiance, Blood Diamond, The Last Samurai) alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, Hank Azaria, Judy Greer and Oliver Platt? Or Rio an animated film by Carlos Saldanha (Ice Age) alongside hottie Rodrigo Santoro, and funny guy George Lopez?
Okay, not very exciting, but she’s got over half a dozen of films “in development” on her IMDbPro page, which I can’t access… unless you wanna buy me an account. No? I didn’t think so. One of those projects is bound to be good, right? Worth keeping an eye…