Anne Hathaway explains how she learned to deal with trolls

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Anne Hathaway is a self-avowed feminist, a hilariously good sport (see her epic rap battle with James Corden) and has starred in some of our favourite films. Think The Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada, Dark Knight Rises, and Les Misérables, to name but four – and she picked up the gong for Best Actress at the 2013 Academy Awards for the latter.

So it seems strange that the 34-year-old is considered to be one of the most hated people on the internet.

Recalling how, in 2013, a number of media outlets seemed to turn against her, Hathaway now says that the spate of negative headlines and mean-spirited tweets from ‘Hathahaters’ would “catch me off-guard”.

The Colossal star told “Now, it’s not that I’ve gotten a rhino skin to it, but I sort of see all of that for what it is.”

Hathaway went on to admit that she finds it “weird” that she’s still asked to talk about that period in her life.

“It comes up in every interview I do, just about,” she said. “I am… not eager, but I am ready for the conversation to move to a place beyond it.

“I don’t have to contextualise all of my stories, all of my expectations through that time. I’m ready for it to be implied, not overly stated.”

When asked whether it changed the way she thought about herself, Hathaway paused to reflect on the question before answering.

“It made the pause before I answer this question a lot longer,” she said. “How the world feels about me has nothing to do with me. How other people treat me has nothing to do with me.

“But if anything that anybody said resonated with me as something I’d like to work on for myself, I took it in like that [...] I still found a way to be grateful to it.”

Kristen Bell, in a separate interview with Café Mom, has also broached the topic of online shaming – specifically that which is directed at women over their parenting choices.

The 36-year-old said: “I really, really try hard to live by the Eleanor Roosevelt quote that no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. And I wish I could whisper that into the ear of every mom ever. ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent!’”

Bell, perhaps most famous for her role as the badass Veronica Mars, continued: “So if someone is shaming you, you are allowing them to do it. Do not just blame it on them. Take responsibility and go like, ‘No, I feel confident with what I'm doing. No, thank you for that advice.’

“That's a choice. That's a way – perhaps the optimal way – to handle a situation.”

Bell, who has four-year-old daughter Lincoln and two-year-old Delta with husband Dax Shepard, finished by saying: “I just think you cannot look for external self-esteem. You have to look internally.

“If you're confident with what you're doing even if that's some weird, bizarre parenting technique that you know works for your kid or you feel happy about, do it!

“Don't let anyone tell you shouldn't be doing that.”

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.